Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy Hangar, Happy Pilot

The Short Wing Piper

The hangar is once again home to an aircraft. A 1957 PIPER PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, beautiful bird and fun to fly. Maybe this will make my transition a bit easier, only time will tell.


The PA-20 Pacer and PA-22 Tri-Pacer are a family of four-place, strut braced, high-wing light aircraft that were built by Piper Aircraft in the post-World War II period.
The Pacer was essentially a four-place version of the two-place PA-17 Vagabond light aircraft.

It features a steel tube fuselage and an aluminum frame wing, covered with fabric, much like Piper's most famous aircraft, the Cub and Super Cub. An aircraft prized for its ruggedness, spacious cabin, and, for its time, impressive speed, many Pacers continue to fly today.

Factory installed 125 hp (93 kW), 135 hp (100 kW), 150 hp (112 kW), and 160 hp (120 kW) engine options were available, and 180 hp (135 kW) engine after-market conversions are an option.

Ok, for all of you that fell for that, I appreciate the moment of laughter it provided me. In all honestly, it's not our plane. The Tri-Pacer belongs to a first responder that was at our accident last June. The owner/pilot needed a home for a few months until his grass strip dries out, further south on the Delmarva peninsula. I must say, it does feel good to see the hangar active and who doesn't love the smell of avgas.

My search continues for the right aircraft. Our next step is to get back in the air and see how we both handle things. If we both check out then I'll move forward with the search and pre-buy of our next plane. 

Monday, January 07, 2019

Initial Findings

I am still waiting for the NTSB "final report" to be released on our accident back in June.  The investigation of the aircraft produced the following brief narrative along with pictures.
This is all the info I have to date, sorry, no video yet, my Garmin VIRB is still being held hostage.

 I'm looking forward to getting my video camera returned and viewing the flight from the safety of my office chair. I've run the incident over and over in my head, but seeing the actual footage will help fill in the numbers.

In the last few weeks I have talked with the local aviation school, Ocean Aviation, and my friend and owner, Mike, has agreed to get me back up in the air when I'm ready. We both laughed, the first private, instrument rated pilot wanting a discovery flight.  Making progress, one step at a time.