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It was a weekend. One of these days I'm going to learn to relax -… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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It was a weekend.

One of these days I'm going to learn to relax - but not today.

Saturday, I took a few people to Austin for an Alton Brown cooking demo/book signing. It was fun - I so rarely fly with enthusiastic non-pilots these days. And I got my picture taken with Alton Brown (again!), so that ruled. I'll post more about this flight tomorrow...

Sunday, I snagged our local airline-captain-type to go do some single-engine work in the Twin Comanche with me. After the Duchess crash, I've been thinking a lot more about single-engine currency, and even though it has only been 4 months since my checkride, there were a few maneuvers I had done in the Duchess but not the Twinkie.

We spent an hour in the air - a VMC demo, a single-engine go-around at altitude (it takes about 4-500 ft to make it work), a shutdown/restart, engine failure before rotation, then another engine failure at 100 ft, and a few single-engine landings. On the first single-engine landing, I got a little far from the runway and got low on altitude and airspeed, so he gave me back the second engine at 100 ft. The next one was much better, although I started a bit of a PIO in the flare when I looked down to check the green light.

I was exhausted, but it was good. In 6 months, we'll do it again, maybe with some single-engine instrument approaches in the mix.

Then, I changed the oil on both engines, and snagged a random MEI from the flight school, and went up to work on my MEI stuff. It went well, except that I got so busy explaining "single-engine commit point" on short final that I forgot to push the props forward, so I landed a bit long. I should have told him I'd explain it on the ground, but I thought I could do both...

4.2 hours this weekend, all in the twin.

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Me - Paula Cole

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 13th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I *so* miss owning a plane. It's the main reason I'm not flying that much at the moment. Sure, the fuel is much more expensive here but I'm spending *less* than I used to when I had Lusty Betty despite that.

Part of it is because I'm trying to save a bit of cash to buy my share in the Auster...
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