No word from my safety pilot Mike so I figured he was out. I swapped text messages with Vince and he was ready to go. I picked Vince up and we headed to the plane. We arrived at the ramp and actually saw life forms, no kidding there are people who fly from the Red Eagle ramp! A straight tail Cessna was getting ready to start while Vince and I flowed through 08Romeo's pre-flight. Both batteries installed, SUV parked outside the gate and the pre-flight complete, it was time to put 08Romeo to the test.
The air is smooth as glass this morning, hands in my lap and steering with my feet only when needed. Vince tried for flight following with Dover and for the first time ever we were denied, but advised to contact Philly. Hmmmm, we are heading south through the west edge of their space but we'll listen in and go at it on our own, not a problem. Dover does work closely with KRJD- Ridgely Airpark and it's best monitor for meat missiles (those folks who like to jump out of perfectly good airplanes). RJD was quiet and I didn't see any life there on the ramp as we passed overhead.
|The Ramp at Kay's|
We secured the plane and I left the batteries disconnected, well at least one connection. I removed the copper tab that connects the negative and positive of the two batteries and left the other two connections intact. I used the alligator clips that came with both sets of solar chargers and with the copper tab removed I could charge each battery separate with a twelve volt solar unit for each.
Fingers crossed, we'll see how 08Romeo is next weekend when we fly to 44N, Skyacres, Perfect landing cafe on Sunday, February 17th. Sign up on POA forum.