Well, the sun was out, little wind, and I was anxious to try out a new field near where I retired. New batteries were installed, TX charged, motor fired up in the garage. Spent some time on the Real Flight for recurrent training. Time to go commit aviation!
The field is huge, 4-6 soccer fields, grass is pretty short, no urchins. There were the soccer goals, but they were a long way away, except the one in the middle, but it was sideways, and should not be a problem. Took off down wind, because I could!, and climbed to pattern altitude. The highly modified Hobbystar 60 handled the wind just fine, and was easier to fly than the flight sim. After 10 minutes or so, it was time to come in and shoot the breeze with another pilot who showed up.
Down wind, reduce power, slow up a bit and turn base. Power back and started slow descent. Lookin good, even with the cross wind. Turned final and nice descent, wings level, rudder as needed. Gonna grease it for the other pilot. Down to about 3-4 feet, lookin good so far. Mentally prepared for the flair, ready to add a touch of throttle to grease it if needed.
WHAT WAS THAT????? The plane exploded in pieces. Somebody put a soccer goal right at the end of my approach! Did you know that a 60 size plane will fit thru the soccer goal net? Just not in one piece. Course, that 2x3 inch steel bar didn't help the wing root either.
Well, it's a good thing I just finished a PT-40 (Modified) that I built over the winter. Guess I'll check the batts and give it a maiden this weekend. The other pilot also mentioned that some guys use the local airport, Polson, MT and it seems to work out well. Airport - airplane... seems like it might be a good fit.
Morale: Never taking your eye off the plane is a good thing, but ya havta clear the runway of obstacles before you land!