Sunday, November 08, 2009

Nothing is ever easy

The weather is fantastic, particularly considering that we're into November and there's no longer any point in living in denial as to what's just around the corner.

I thought it would be a good day to take Co-pilot Egg for a short plane ride out to MadCo and environs for a breath of fresh air and a load of new fuel for Papa, then drain the oil for the last oil change of the year.

There's nothing like a plane ride to bring out the natural beauty of a teen aged girl:

Or, you know.... not.

The winds at MadCo were 13 gusting 17, straight out of the south. The only way to have gotten that cross wind any crosser would have been to insult its mother. The landing went OK - I held a bunch of left bank into it and a boot full of right rudder to keep us on the straight and narrow. I thought for a second in the flare that we were going to smack the runway like a spoiled 3 year old at Wal-Mart, but I timed it perfectly and rubbed it on with an unexpected greaser.

I bounced it back at Bolton. Just to keep my streak going, of course.

The Co-pilot was of great assistance when it came time to push the fuel-bloated plane back into the hangar:

While she relaxed, I started to remove the cowls. I didn't, however, finish removing the cowls. If you could pick the absolutely worst place for the long hinge wire that runs along the seam where the top and bottom cowls meet to break, it would be right at the point where the wire would be flush with the first hoop. If that were to happen, you'd have no way in the world short of drilling out all of the rivets that hold the hinge in place on the cowl to get the cowls apart.

Here's what it would look like:

Ask me how I know.

Oh well, it's just one more thing on the to-do list. To date the list is as follows:

- replace tires
- change oil and filter
- replace Artificial Horizon ($$$s!!!)
- remove broken hinge wire, replace

It's doubtful that the Native American Summer we're enjoying right now will last long enough to allow that work to be done in relative comfort. But it sure was a nice day to fly!

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