Flight plan: Alt B1, Gulf of Panama, Caribbean
Takeoff at 0800 local
Landed ~ 1430 local
Drops Requested: 32
Drops Deployed: 32
Issues: 1 drop no winds, several ADS program restarts and the flight map did not update for about the first half of the flight. No show
stoppers, just minor tweaks.
After a very long maintenance day and a very patient Matt and Jason all four launcher springs have been replaced.
(And thanks Mack for hand delivering them to us!)
The launcher required several assembly builds as parts would get stuck and jam because everything was not aligned or did
not stay aligned as it was reassembled and installed. We tried to finish the three heater cables once the launcher
was installed but before the storage bin was replaced and even with the group effort we ran out of time due to crew
duty limits and not wanting to delay today's flight too late. The consensus was to fly today and tomorrow and I will
finish the heater cables on Wednesday.
Today's flight went very well. Thirty-two out of thirty-two sondes left the aircraft, no fast falls and one sonde with no winds for most
of the drop. Mack recorded several high-speed videos of sondes being launched. When compared to earlier videos he recorded
the difference is impressive. (I am sure he will upload his footage when he has a chance.)
Just found out no flight tomorrow. Don't yet know why.