MayDay STOL Adapts With Weather


WAYNE – A couple heats of planes went through their practice sessions Thursday morning into the afternoon making adjustments with the high winds gusting upwards of 26 mph.

From the Wayne Municipal Airport, Wednesday’s rain caused the track to become muddy and the schedule wasn’t able to be followed as planned.

The original plan for Thursday also saw an adjustment according to chairman of the Wayne Airport Authority, Travis Meyer.

“Was to practice the STOL drags,” said Meyer. “The training sessions that they’re going through on the 523, the actual raceway. But due to the prevailing northwest winds we adjusted, switched it and are on the grass strip.”

The only parking on site is for vendors and volunteers as the main shuttle stop is at the Fairgrounds. Otherwise, overflow parking is at Journey Christian Church or the Summer Sports Complex. Also, make sure to bring your bag chair.

Between the first two groups on Thursday, planes fueled up and were evaluated.

“They had another pilot briefing over there,” Meyer added. “Everybody gets together and goes okay great job fist time, little adjustments here and a little for there. It’s all about being safe and fun.”

Depending on the weather, Friday’s public events are scheduled between 1 – 5 p.m. for STOL Drag practices and Traditional STOL from 5 – 8 p.m. Tegan Nissen will perform around the campfire Friday evening with Saturday’s headliner being Eckophonic starting at 8 p.m. and more STOL Drag and Traditional STOL events.

Meyer expects more planes to arrive as the weather improves.

“Like last night (Wednesday), kind of what happened was rain, rain, nothing, nothing well then the clouds broke, sun came out,” Meyer mentioned. “These guys love to fly, so they jumped in their plane and hit the skies. So, that could be round number two for that.”

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