Charles and I swapped a few text messages and agreed to meet up at Delaware Coastal (KGED) for some BLT's, airplane chatter and finally a ride in my Commander. My readers should remember that Charles got Mary and I back in a plane and some air time which helped us decided that we still wanted to fly. Charles, I can't thank you enough.
Charles sent a short text that he was leaving, I thought from his home, headed to the airport. Ah, nope. I got an AirNav alert that he was in the air, departing New Garden (N57). I best get a move on! I had completed a pre-flight this morning and planned for fuel but the fuel truck was offline today. I didn't feel like self serve so with thirty-seven gallons on board I was confident I could make the ten minute hop to KGED. At Delaware Coastal I could get cheaper fuel, and a discount if I ate at the restaurant, that was our plan.
Another ok landing and I taxied to the ramp to find a parking spot and shut down. It was good to see the guys at Delaware Coastal, they remembered me, and were happy I was back flying. We chatted for a bit about their Oshkosh trip and planning for next year. Still wanting some fuel, I ordered seven gallons a side and explained the anti-siphon device and the care needed when maneuvering the nozzle to dispense fuel.
We enjoyed lunch, airplane chat, and then decided for some air time in 3 Tango Charlie. I was hoping the hot start wasn't going to be an issue. I think it took me three tries and I got 3TC's fan turning.
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Shot by Charles with his cell phoneWe landed at MFV so we could look for the video camera that I misplaced. After getting everything squared away we back taxied on two-one and then rolled for take-off, heading back to Delaware Coastal(GED).
I made a nice landing and taxied over to Charles's Piper. We said our goodbyes, floated a plan to take our brides out to dinner and then he climbed out. I had fun, Charles liked the plane and I'm sure he will safety pilot for me in the very near future.
Next up, our planned trip to KLWN, Lawrence Municipal Airport - located in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Mary and I have wanted to visit our friends, and finally meet their now two year old son. We're excited!