The Mid Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue (MAESSR) email announcement read as follows...
"Magdelena is being adopted by a family in Wilmington, DE. I currently have her near Richmond. If anyone is heading North on 95 and can help will all or part of the route, please email me."
Hmmmm.....Mary and I discussed the rescue flight via emails from work and agreed we would volunteer for the run. My email reply.
"I am flying Friday since I am off work. I can point towards Richmond and bring Magdelena home to Wilmington. Let me know!"
The flight/ride to bring Magdelena to her forever home was already filled, there would be no transport over the holidays for us or 08Romeo.
On Thursday, December 30th I get an email from Debbie.
"Do you still want to fly tomorrow? If so, I have a springer in West Grove, PA that needs to come to me."
Great news! We are back on for a flight! We swap information and make arrangements to meet Adam (foster home and a pilot) at Wilmington, KILG. Mary backs out from the flight since she wants to spend some extra time with her folks and she knows Mike will fly. Mike and I swapped emails and he was on board for the mission.
Friday - 12/31/10
We decided to plug in 08Romeo yesterday and keep her warm for our planned early start this morning. Well the oil and CHT's were nice and toasty but all surfaces had frost and needed time to be cleaned up. Mike and I got to work polishing off the frost with the plane tugged out of the tie down and pointed to the sunshine that was trying to peek through at 8:30 am.
|Mike and Scruffy|
Scruffy with a kennel command and a tap of my hand inside the baggage door gave me a jump into the doorway. I assisted with a little boost and he was ready to go. A few spins in the baggage area and a lap or two around the cockpit and Scruffy picked out his spot. Yeah, he passed on the nice moving blanket in baggage and instead sat his butt on my back seat and peered out the window with the "lets get going" look. The same look he had when I let him keep warm in my ML320.
|Scruffy..If I can't fly the plane can I drive your SUV? Huh...can I?|
|CandD canal...lokking west|
08Romeo climbed out of Hanover at plus 1000 feet a minute, proud girl she had completed another rescue mission. I was pretty happy too, I really enjoy theses flights. KESN - Easton Maryland was right on the flight path home. I was looking down runway four as Mike made the contact for a clearance to land. Easton tower directed us; "Enter right down wind, report midfield for runway two two", Mike acknowledged. There was another plane from the east nine miles so I kept the power on and descended around 120+ knots to the field. Base to final with a pretty good landing in the book. We taxi clear and head to the FBO for lunch at Sugar Buns Airport Cafe.
|Ok, if not on the seat then it's my pillow|
08Romeo climbs out and I quickly notice cold air really blowing across my legs. I think to myself, Nah, it can't be. Yes,it certainly can be, an open door, my door. Maybe too much lunch at Sugar Buns and I couldn't squeeze in, I'm not sure. Mike makes the call to the tower so we can return and get squared away. Take two....we taxi back and with the clearance to take off we once again rumble down the runway. This departure was a non-event and I am hands off for most of the trip home to Wilmington.
|Debbie and Scruffy|
Back to the flight.....Mike makes the call to the Wilmington tower and we are directed to make a straight in for runway one, and for us to check our transponder. Great, no flashing light means it went belly up...UGhhhh that means $$$. I land long but make it a great landing that Mike even commented on. I know I'm doing it right when he gives an atta boy. I taxi to 08Romeo's tie down and flow through the shutdown checks, mission accomplished. We push back and get the plane squared away; clean out, reinstall the seat, place the deice pump sprayer and all three extension cords in the baggage area and lock up. Install the cover, nose plugs and pitot tube cover, double check the tie downs and give 08Romeo a pat on her cowling.....good girl.