No flight plan today and no flight following, although I did monitor Dover and Atlantic City approach while crossing the Delaware Bay. At 7:30, density altitude at ocean city was fifteen hundred feet so I got into cruise climb as quick as possible to keep 08Romeo cool. It was a smooth ride all the way to Cape May until I descended from six point five down to three thousand. I descended through the scattered layer and the bumpy ride began. I tightened the lap belt and put the shoulder belt back on, just in case.
I switched over to the Millville CTAF, now 123.0 instead of the old 123.65. No more Millville radio, it was nice. Although, with the CTAF change came radio traffic from everywhere, you really have to listen for airport specific traffic. I entered on a left base for runway two-eight and made a nice landing. I taxied in to Big Sky and found a spot out front to secure the plane.
|heading south across the bay for my project|
I do a quick walk around, verify fuel, then we climb aboard. I do nothing different in my normal routine, completing all tasks then verifying on my checklist. We're off to runway two eight for my run up and departure.
|The stone is ready for pervious concrete|
Off to the practice area for air work, I hate the thought of slow flight. I was honest and told Tim that I do not really practice enough slow flight so we really worked on that aspect of my flying. Turns, climbs and descents along with some climbing and descending turns. Of course while we are hanging on the prop we may as well work on a few stalls. 08Romeo is a sweet soul...stall horn blaring and almost in hover with her nose pointed steeply at the sky, she finally breaks. I make a smooth recovery and Tim is satisfied. We did some simulated IMC foggle work, my other least favorite activity and some unusual attitudes while wearing the blinders, all went fine.
We finished up with some additional air work then headed back towards Millville. My first landing was a short field, not so fast, simulated plane on the runway go around. Cram, climb, clean, 08Romeo works her way back to pattern altitude. Next loop was a short field, nailed it. Last was a full stop and taxi back.
|nice temps at altitude|
I'm good for another two years!