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Vacation - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
Good trip, but it's good to be home.

I flew up to PJY (in the southern tip of Illinois) on Saturday. I was less then 100 miles from home when I checked the generators and discovered only one was working. We'd just replaced it the weekend before, but it was most definitely not generating anything.

Failed generators in the twin make me nervous because the gear is electric, so if you run the battery down, you have to lower it manually. Then you have to put it on jacks to get it back up. Also, without power, you can't lower the flaps, and you can't really get into Weiser without flaps.

But the other generator kept going, so besides an autopilot failure, I made it into PJY without any other problems. I was early (2:30 in the afternoon), so I pulled the bad generator off the twin, then hung out with the mechanic for the rest of the afternoon until Morris and Lonny showed up with the Arrow around 7.

The annual (I went up there to help annual the Arrow) went quickly and easily. Besides a new pitot mast, nothing big was broken. By Wednesday, we were mostly done. We took a look at my generator and didn't see anything obviously wrong, so I hung it back on the twin and flew it back home on one generator again. We'll probably pull it off this weekend (sometime after my motorcycle course) and look at it more deeply. When I asked Michael about it, he said he might have pulled the circuit breaker and forgotten to reset it. I'm going to feel like an idiot if that's all it was. On the other hand, "Check breakers in" is on the checklist, and while I open the panel and glance down there, I guess I've not been looking as close as I should, and this was a cheap way to point it out.

I had planned to stay all week, but work needed me and we were mostly done, so I came home yesterday.

It was incredibly relaxing. It's so much less stressful to spend a few days working on an airplane.

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