August 5 – Ottawa / Rockcliffe to Brantford

The morning weather had changed significantly with mostly clear skies with some fair weather cumulus clouds. After a good weather briefing we departed Rockcliffe VFR to Cumberland, just 12 miles down the Ottawa River, to take a look at the neighbourhood and house where we used to live.

Then it was IFR at 10,000 feet to Brantford. The cloud tops were at 6,000 feet later increasing to 8,000 feet so we were in the clear but there was a 25 knot headwind. After passing Toronto we were cleared to 3,000 feet and were bouncing around below the base of the clouds. Brantford had strong gusty surface winds making the approach and landing challenging and appreciating our earlier practice at Abbotsford on windy days.


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