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Monday morning. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
Monday morning.
I found another airplane maintenance job I like: Replacing brake pads. The little rivet tool is fun, and way easier then it looks. I enjoy picking up a new tool, turning it over in my hands a few times, then saying, "Ah ha, I understand how this works!".

Of course, getting gunk and air in the brake lines while reinstalling them sucked, but....

It rained on and off all day Saturday, so the soaring club was too wet to fly Sunday. I went out anyway, and met this older woman who was just getting started learning to fly. I introduced her to Val, and we stood around and talked for a while (Dylan, Val says hi) - she said, 'I've never met women who were enthusiastic about aviation before!". She's right - most women I know who fly only got their licenses so they could log time while flying with their husbands. At the private pilot level, Val's about the only other exception to that that I know. She's not the world's greatest pilot (she has a tendency to push a bit hard, and has landed her glider off-field quite a few times), but she loves it more then any other women I've ever met.

Anyway, hopefully she'll join the club.

Current Mood: mischievous mischievous

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 26th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
if i'd ever had the money to get the license, there'd be at least one more woman who was passionately enthusiastic about aviation...
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 27th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, that's good fun too. Your tool must be different to mine (sorry about the obvious double-entendre there :-)) since we had disk brakes.

Funnily enough, the tow plane at Andreas has the crappest brakes I've ever encountered. Drum brakes, cable operated. Heel instead of toe. They last precisely one brake application before fading to uselessness. Then again, the Auster has a 55mph approach speed, and a flaps-down stall speed of 29 MIAS (probably about 35 mph or so CAS), so you don't use much runway anyway. Nice feature of that plane is you can fly the circuit at the same speed as the gliders quite comfortably.

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