About a week ago I determined I had an ailment that had no name. I decided since I am the Administrator of this Flight Blog I could also be the Flight Surgeon of The Blog. In that high capacity I decided I would apply my analytical skills to this mysterious disorder in order to find both the cause and a possible cure.
I took stock of the symptoms:
The symptom was a soreness in the elbow when moving the hand laterally. Also, soreness would indicate when lifting or moving the hand up as when taking a drink of water from a glass. The pain was only manifest in the right elbow.
I gave my patient a lifestyle check:
I surveyed the patient’s lifestyle. The respondent (me) had not been playing tennis or golf or swinging a hammer or any other out-of-the-ordinary exercise recently. Generally those types of exercises when not part of one’s normal activities can induce this type of pain. Further examination of the patient’s lifestyle revealed an interesting fact. A check of his flight logbook revealed a total of 11 air hours in the space of the previous 7 day span. This was possibly a 2011 Flying Season record in the All Important Flight Hours/Day Calculation (FH/D for those inclined to equations). Further examination revealed an important bit of information. It turns out that the Quicksilver Single Seater flown by the patient is a side stick configuration with the stick on the right. This interesting fact initiated the “Eureka Moment” that pulled it all together.
Cause of Malady:
Lots of flying.
None needed! The patient had just been blessed with the opportunity resultant from an excellent confluence of good weather and permissible work schedule to “grab a lotta air” during that time frame. After making the above deductions the Flight Surgeon informed the whining patient to “man up” and count this “ill” as a Great Blessing. Rather than a malady… It is a cause for celebration! After all, how many on the entire planet even have the possibility of contracting this? Not many. Even in America – The Land of the Free – how many even realize or TRY to do this? (OK, Brian, you made your point) Anyway… Henceforth the condition, referred to as “Quicksilver Elbow”, will be a favored physical condition and seen as a Gift From God.
The rest of this Flight Blog entry will be a description of two of the four flights that led to the manifestation of The Sign.
The MAAG Annual Fly-In at Halstead, Kansas.
This Fly-In was the third of the four flights and took place on an idyllic day here on the prairie. Even though we have been having record 100 degree + weather this summer, the day of the MAAG Fly-In was fantastically mild and pleasant. During the early morning flight over from my home base Selby Aerodrome, I did experience a problem I was completely unprepared for, though. It was TOO COLD up there! I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts. The humidity was very high and the ambient air must have been in the low 60’s. It was chilly enough that my right thumb and forefinger did not thaw out until about a half hour after arriving at Halstead.
Next I have assembled a group of pictures representing about 80 percent of the aircraft attending. For various reasons I wasn’t able to take a picture of each plane but this is a good representation of the event. If you want more info about each plane, check its N number HERE.
I was the last guy to leave The Halstead Fly-In. On the way back I took some more pictures of Goddard, KS.
The next day I decided to go to Caldwell, Kansas. I have driven there before but had never flown to it.
This next two shots was grabbed as I was scanning for the airport. There have been many reports of drought in this area all summer and I had dedicated an earlier post to the visual affirmation of that. The next two shots show a rancher bringing water out to his cattle. That is a resorts one must turn to when water is low out on the prairie.
Next are a few shots of Caldwell I took before landing. I will generally circumnavigate a small town before landing. That way, anyone who is interested in ultralights and can break away will head to the airport.
Now this represents one of the great encounters that seem to happen whenever I fly out to places like Caldwell and other small towns on the prairie. It was a pretty day but no one was around the airport except for me and one of God’s Chosen People – Tim Schmidt. It turns out Tim is from this part of the state but now lives in Wichita. He was out 4-wheeling around the area and walking off the landing strip to check the condition when I landed. The reason I know he is one of The Chosen is that he is a flight instructor at Kansas Aviation, Inc. Tim gives people their wings. He likes to take students out for landing practice at this field and since it was his day off he came out to check the field condition. We had a nice discussion about things aviation and then I headed back to Wichita. It was getting later in the day and I needed to get ready for the coming week. Tim continued to check the field.
I believe these next two shots are Corbin, Kansas which lies on the railroad line.
Just a little farther up the railroad path is Perth, Kansas. Here’s a couple of shots.
The next 4 shots are of the Wellington, Kansas area. I was at about 600′ shooting from the West with the sun slowly sinking.
On return to Selby Aerodrome Airspace what do I see but a Powered Parachute in the distance. My lightning fast mind tells me it must be Brent Boggs of Bflynbyu Powered Parachutes. He was taking someone up for a ride. Brent is about the only guy flying around here that I can catch up to in the air and actually pass!
After shooting some shots of Brent buzzing the runway I put the MXL in the stables and headed home to enjoy my case of Quicksilver Elbow.
NEWS FLASH: I am writing this Flight Blog entry a week after the events described above and the “Elbow” condition persists. It could be because I logged 2 hours flying up to Doug Moler’s place at High Point yesterday. By the way, if you are in the area DON’T MISS Doug and Sabrina’s upcoming 5th Annual Ultralight Fly-In on Saturday 3 September 2011. It will be excellent!
Blue Skies & Tailwinds!
Brian: I have experienced the “QuickSilver Elbow” syndrome and have found that if you fly left handed the malady will subside. Only problem is this forces the pilot to face backwards in the aircraft leading to “QuickSilver Bulging Disc Syndrome” which of course relates to one’s turning the head to see where he is going. Hope this helps.