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Old 07-17-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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With three young kids under 5 yrs, 12 hour days at work, and letting da mom get out of the house on her own a few times a week -- there isn't a whole lot of time to myself around here. The only time I have found to fly/build/ or anything is either early morning or in the evening after kids are in bed.

The best time I have "made" for flying is early morning. The sun comes up at 5:30 - guess where I am. My "Dawn's Delight" has really lived up to its namesake. The air is cool and fresh, everything is quiet, a light dew on the grass strip, and the winds are almost always calm or still. A great thing about the early mornings is no kids or wife pulling on my arm todo something else. I also am not racing the sundown like is the case on evening flights.

This morning was a perfect example. Beautiful morning. Pulled up at 5:40. Unloaded and setup my stuff. Sipped the coffee. Tossed the ball a few times for the dog. Then proceeded to get 9 great flights in. Un-rushed and un-interupted exept for the occasional break for my thumbs, another sip of coffee, and another toss for the dog.

Imagine - 9 great flights and back just as the wind is picking up, just as the rest of the house is starting to wake up, with plenty of time to make church, and the entire rest of the day for family stuff.

If you haven't flown early in the morning you obviously do not know what you are missing. Try it. Yes, most will think I am crazy to be heading out that early. But the truth is - that is the best time of the day weatherwise. More importantly - when time is premium - you have to make the time to enjoy the things you want or you will never get to do them. The wife knows. The early mornings are MINE. She don't care -- she thinks I am nuts. Maybe I am. ...

When is your time?
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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Me Too!

Yep. I know all the issues you are talking about. You hit the nail on the head.

Here in the Mojave Desert we have another problem: unbearable heat. It got to 43 degrees C today.

We pretty much have no choice but to fly early in the AM, right at sunrise, just like you mentioned. Its relatively cool, and the calm wind is another bonus. By 0930 its time to pack up and go home for all but the most hardy desert inhabitants, which I am not. (Canadian in California, eh.)

For all these reasons, my (new) favorite flying time is ASAP in the AM-just like yours.

It is beautiful, and like you, I was running my little Kougar (snowbird-clone) around the sky in the early AM (yesterday). I was sipping tea and water instead of coffee, though. It was great.

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Old 07-17-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat...3 young children (2, 5 & , a wife and a business. I have some flexibility in my day and I am usually on the road a lot so I bring my plane with me. I try to grab and hour or two at the field during the business day. I come home at 5 or 6 and complain to my wife what a hard day I had

If I want to build a plane or assemble an ARF I usually do it once the kids are in bed. This can lead to late nights but even ARF's need to be assembled at one point.

It is sometimes difficult to justify having a hobby when we are sooo busy with everyday life, however, a hobby such as this warrants the extra effort.

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Old 07-17-2005, 09:31 PM   #4
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flying early

flying early is great and all but when you get up at 5:00 am, it screws the whole evening for that day. I agree that the mornings are the nicest and I always seem to get the most stuff done in the mornings however i'm ready for bed by 9:00 that night or maybe earlier, depending on what happened during the day. I find that between 9:00 and midnight is my time to relax. The phone's not ringing, nobody's hollaring and nothing is going on really. I guess i'm not a morning person.
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Old 07-17-2005, 11:17 PM   #5
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I would love to fly at dawn., but my club prohibits flying before 9:00am. I think it would be wonderful to enjoy the early morning as you described it. Oh well just another reason to dream of my perfect flying location.
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Old 07-17-2005, 11:20 PM   #6
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Early mornings are fantastic for flying, but I have yet to be out that early this year. Im usually leaving the house for work at 6:15am. And dont forget im a teenager still (1 and sleep in whenever I can! lol. This summer the only day I can sleep in(or fly early) is sunday because I work the rest of the week. Oh well, have to pay for college some how. Flying is kind of on the back burner for me at the moment.
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:02 AM   #7
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Waaaay too early!!! None of the clubs I fly at will let any engines fire before 10 AM....

The evening is great for flying, when the heat of the day has past, the wind is dying down, and there is still daylight til 1030 or so. And it is a good chance to meet with the guys who drop by after dinner...the social aspect is half the fun...If I can get 3 good flights in, I am more than happy........

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Old 07-18-2005, 09:14 AM   #8
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Oh yeh! Love that early morning cool, calm air. The only fly in the ointment is getting my butt out of the sack early enogh to make it worth while. (I am supposed to be in the office by nine.)
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unfortunately I think the neighbours would kill me! They may be planning your demise as we speak(type) It's amazing how far the noise carries. I do agree though, it would be an awsome time to do it if you can get away with it. I've got 3 bambinos too and i think i'm hanging up the wings for a few years.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:03 PM   #10
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Hanging up the wings

Hey Mike

What's going on have not seen you around lately.

Sure hope you don't give up the flying..

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