I can hardly believe it's annual time again, where did this year go? After yesterdays dog rescue flight I was worried I would be really tired. Of course the chance to fly helped get me motivated this morning and the pets were wanting me up at 5am.
|into the clag|
|Layer thinning out and the open hole over Dover|
I acknowledged and launched, climbing out on runway two and turning on the 270 heading. I was requested to ident, as always, and did so. We confirmed my location and I was immediately turned to Smyrna (ENO), wasted ink. I climbed through a layer and road along for a short time until breaking out around 6200. It was super smooth and the view just gorgeous. The ride was short lived as Dover once again burst my bubble and had me descend to 5000, pilot discretion.
|Looking at runway 31 at 58M|
ANNUAL DAY 1
I talked with Roger and went over my squawk list. I wanted to replace the stabilator bolts as pointed out to me at BACFest. I also wanted to replace the left main and nose wheel. The main had some flat spots, it was showing its age. I had replaced it back on my first annual. The nose wheel looks ok but I see the rubber showing some age (the start of cracking) around the rim.
|bottom old bolt|
|top of connecting rod shaft - old bolt|
|one of the new bolts installed|
|looking from behind the screened intake for the alternator|
|Where it attaches to the alternator|
|Top right, you can see where the air is blowing by the baffle.|
ANNUAL DAY 2:
Another early start with the pets at 5am and I am on the road by 6am. Traffic, if there is any, should move along nicely despite the constant rain. I make a stop at Helen's Sausage House for a single with cheese, a chocolate milk and get right back on the road. I make the north run in two hours and twenty minutes.
When I got to the shop 08Romeo was in the air with her gear coming off. I jumped right in and finished replacing all the inspection panel screws, what a suck job. Once that nasty task was completed I managed to get in the way since there were three people already working on my gear. One changing the main and nose gear tubes and tires that I requested and repacking bearings, one rebuilding a brake caliper and the other cleaning each gear strut and greasing every fitting on the plane.
Somewhere along the way there was two new grommets installed; one on my fuel tank vent hose and one on the drain line that is attached to a collector in the cockpit that takes care of the fresh air vents in case they get water trapped, which they do, because some genius engineer made the opening facing the sky on each side of the cabin behind the top cowl.
The electrical system, batteries and lights, were tested. I must have pulled a ground loose on my Starboard nav light when removing and reattaching the wing tip. The tip had to come off again and a repair was made to the ground wire.
|Old, with a soft spot|
New front tire, check out those whiskers!
Two hours and fifteen minutes for my trip home. I'm ready for a hot shower and another Advil. I'll be renting from Enterprise in Ocean City for a one way to Elkton in the morning so I can fly 08Romeo home. I hope the weather holds, I'm not flying IFR immediately following annual.
ANNUAL FLIGHT HOME:
I didn't need to get such an early start like yesterday, instead, I walked into the Car rental office around 8:30. Todays ride was a red Honda that got great mileage, 3.2 gallons for 110 mile trip so 34.4 mpg. If only my ML320 could do that...it gets 18.4 mpg.
Enterprise ran me over to the airport so I could square up the final bill. I added a few quarts of 15W50 to the total in order to keep my hangar stocked. The weather was pretty much the same all the way to the beach so I filed just in case. Ceiling was 2,800 overcast so I ran south at 2,500.
The tail winds were 20 knots and it helped push my ground speed to 142 knots at its best. It was a bumpy ride but since it was just me I was ok riding it out.
The change in the baffle really fixed the temp issue. I had CHT cruise temps in the 330's and EGT's were leaned out at 1220 solid across the board, and both readings were stable.
|KOXB over the nose on the coast, almost home|
I canceled flight following with Dover and switched over to Ocean City. I made my position calls and picked up the weather, winds were 340* at 10 gusting 18, pretty much right down the runway. As I turned base I could see that my hangar door was open. Mary was sitting in her car waiting to take me over to pick up my SUV at Enterprise here at home. After a nice landing and rolling out, Ops said welcome home Gary and asked if I needed fuel. Not right now, I would be back during the week.
A fun annual and if not for the two new tube and tires($402)it would have been rather inexpensive. Here is the breakdown.
Annual Inspection 4 Place $755
Additional Labor 4.9 hr $333
Air Hawk Main tire
Michelin Airstop tube
Air Hawk Nose tire
Michelin Air Stop Tube
Champion Oil Filter
Spark Plug Gaskets
Brackett Air Filter
Consumables (Shop) $45
Owner Assist -$100