Of course I was at the airport at least an hour ahead of time, wanting to have everything ready. I did a final walk around and sumped the fuel. Everything looked perfect so I hooked up the electric tug and helped 3 Tango Charlie out into the sun...er..um...high overcast sky.
My adrenaline was pumping, I was eager to get in the air. Bill called clear prop and turned the key....nothing. What? He tried again and just maybe one blade. Hmmm... I had the charger on the whole time, maybe not plugged in far enough. I managed to climb back out and get my SUV started and parked near the aircraft battery access external hook up. 3 Tango Charlie took two tries but finally roared to life. I parked the SUV and climbed aboard, lets try this again. The airport was busy today, school planes working the pattern along with transient traffic coming in for the holiday weekend. We were up, the next to roll for take off. Bill gave 3 TC power and we were rolling, a bit longer roll then 08Romeo or the Deb but we were climbing out.
Once shut down we gave it a minute or two then tried the hot start procedure. It was different then what Bill uses on his Super Commander but I noted his procedure and will amend my checklist as needed.
I just have to share a few of the emails I received when 3TC's flightAware track alerted.
Finally! See you out there poking holes in the sky, Gary! Judi
N453TC rides again....At last, at last... Thank goodness it's free at last! Hope big smiles all around. Bill
Yep, I can see the bugs in his teeth from here, brother Bill! LOL, Go Gary! Judi
FYI - I did try the Crazed Pilot headset today. My opinion is that it's not nearly quiet enough, it hurt my ears, and the mic made me sound like Mickey Mouse. This headset will be stored away for emergency use only.