denalipilot wrote:That's really a shame. Had a similar (not quite as bad) night at Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta. I really didn't care for those long cable tie-downs. When you try to tighten them up, they just rise up and chafe on the gear and the brake lines.
Glad you weathered it OK. The blowing dust must have done a number on surfaces, though.
I know, it was terrible to watch the planes flip, and yea, I look at cables in a whole new way now, it's like tieing down to a rubber band. When I first tied down, they were pretty tight at about 8 inches above the ground, but during peak gusts, I bet were stretching to more like 4 feet. I saw the bottoms of my tires about a foot off the ground several times, and had the cable pulled right up to the bottom of the plane.
I don't think I really got too much chipping etc, but havent washed the plane yet, and it's really dirty.
A contributing factor too, was that I had flaps down and controls tied up, because the wind was from the opposite direction all night. Then in the morning, it suddenly reversed, and when I realized it, I was afraid to cross the cable line. Because if it broke, it might really nail me, so I just left it and held on.
We had sleeping bags, shoes, pads etc. scattered all over. It was so windy that my wife couldn't hear me yelling at her from one wing to the other. But after while, you just start screaming, rebel yelling and laughing at the top of your lungs.
At one point, we got really tired, and I told my wife we should just let it go and collect the insurance.... She said she couldn't remember if she paid the insurance or not, and we both got a bunch of extra energy to HOLD ON.