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Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
It was a Pinckneyville weekend. 3 days, 1200 miles of flying, and a weekend with friends I don't get to see often enough.

Dylan took the Tripacer, loaded to the gills with camping stuff. Mike, Michael, and I took the twin. Michael could only fit in the back seat, since he couldn't bend his leg, so Mike and I did all the flying. Mike is a great co-pilot - I can let him take the plane for hours on end, relax, and not have to worry.

The Garman 295 Michael has in the twin was having problems, so we borrowed a 396 from somebody on the airport. It was very nice - having real-time weather, on a map, in the cockpit, makes all the difference in the world. No more guessing if the strikes on the Strikefinder really mean what I think they mean. For the first time since we've been going, the weather was great, so we didn't need it much, but I can see how it would make the difference in getting there or not.

It was nice to see everyone. Got to meet ptomblin, got to hang out with Morris and Lonny (who I don't get to see enough of), got to see Stella and John (who I also don't get to see enough of), and got to eat Mary's cooking for a whole weekend. The highlight of the weekend was getting to safety-wire on Red Lady - John's beloved Stinson Reliant. Three bits of safety-wiring, one of them a particularly difficult bit with 2 bolts and a bump of metal between them. I fiddled with Morris's Arrow and fixed a few tiny things that needed done, but didn't have time to get into the big things.

The trip home was long in the twin, but not nearly as long as it was for Dylan. 15-20 knots of headwind isn't a huge deal when you're doing 140kts, but it kicks your butt when you're doing 90. It took him something like 8 hours to get home.

I think I was asleep before I hit the pillow last night.

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 22nd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's one of the highlights of my spring. I don't read the groups much anymore, but it's still worth going to see all my old friends.
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: May 22nd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had a hell of a tail wind most of the way home - I saw a ground speed over 180 knots for part of it. But we had some trouble with ice, and the turbulence at low level was intense - I kept hitting my head on the ceiling. I don't think the Rochester controller could believe a GA plane was landing in that wind either, as he gave me about 5 unrequested wind checks on my way around the pattern. I think the worst was 300@34G48. Definitely the worst winds I've ever landed in, thank goodness it was nearly down the runway (28).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 22nd, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! The Tripe can't be landed in that - it would flip on it's back as soon as you turned off the runway.

Bet it was the shortest landing you've ever done.

It was really nice to meet you.
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: May 22nd, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was great meeting you too.

After landing, I had to mentally review the way you're supposed to hold the controls for taxi because I never bother with such a heavy plane in normal winds. "Climb towards, dive away", right?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 22nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. Although there are people who say that in a nosewheel, you don't have to bother with the elevator, just the ailerons.
These people may be right, but the Tripacer is the airplane version of a transsexual - she knows that she's really a tailwheel airplane that just happened to have her gear put on backwards.
oshawapilot From: oshawapilot Date: May 23rd, 2006 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Was nice meeting you as well, Tina.

I can attest to the wind on our landing as well - brutal. Paul made short work of it though - I was thoroughly impressed. :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: May 23rd, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've friended you. Nice meeting you!
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