After giving some thought to dropping off the plane on Sunday, I didn't feel comfortable leaving my log books in the plane, on the ramp. Monday weather is calling for rain and I didn't want to deal with that, and I wont scud run. That left today or Friday. Just rip the band-aid off and get the plane there, so I did.
Mary dropped me at the hangar and I tugged 3 Tango Charlie out after my preflight. Mary hung around until I was ready to climb aboard then left for the shop. As I was closing up the hangar I saw her pull back up, I wondered what was wrong. My bride spotted a dear around the hangars and it was running towards the runways, she wanted to give me a heads up. I assured her I would let operations know as soon and I was up on the radio.
Mary headed out and I climbed aboard, getting things organized. It was a spartan cockpit today, no iPad, no video cameras, just me and the plane. I did do a quick last check for NOTAMS and TFR's with my iPhone as 3 Tango Charlie was warming up. The ASOS was reporting winds 280 to 300 12 gusting 22. My runway selection would be three-two. With oil temps well into the yellow arc I released the brakes and taxied out. Yes, I did call operations, twice, no answer. I saw one of the guys out of their truck working on something, but, whoever was in the terminal never responded.
|25nm, 13 minutes|
I tightened my belts, and kept my altitude below two thousand, which I'm sure didn't help the ride. I was looking for Mary's bright blue SUV along RT 113, but never did see her.
Time to concentrate on my approach
I made my ten and five mile calls for the airport and selected runway two-eight. The winds weren't much better at Delaware Coastal, 30014G20. I did make a nice landing and needed power to taxi off to taxiway Delta. I secured the plane and decided to leave her uncovered, it was too windy to try by myself.
My squawk list
- Replace adel clamp for starter wire, aft of alternator.
- Replace blast tube for alternator
- Install new LED landing light (bottom cowl)
- Correct parking brake wire clamp on pivot arm
- Install Rosen visors
- Install Fire extinguisher co-pilots seat front rail
- Check stall horn/lift detector
|1.4 LB Halotron|