Saturday, June 19, 2021

Sneak Peek, OC Airshow from KOXB

 

I made a slow, really long drive to the airport today.  I did not even think about beach seasonal traffic coming into town or the airshow traffic. What typically takes me ten minutes took just shy of forty minutes. What was I thinking?

When I did arrive the ramp was full of GA planes and the tie down row parallel to the main taxiway was also full. The main ramp area at the terminal was blocked off for show aircraft, six Geico SNJ-2's, two UH-72A Lakota's and refueling for the L39 jet. I passed the Lucas Oil Pitts in the hangar just a few up from me and a P51 Mustang in front of hangar row D.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Breakfast with Charles at Cape May NJ

On the way to Cape May...

Since I didn't get out on Saturday for the BAC Fly-In to Sussex NJ I really wanted to get some fly time today.  Charles and I texted back and forth planning to meet up with our brides in Cape May NJ for breakfast at the Flight Deck Diner. 

Mary has been battling a sinus headache for two days and woke up feeling a little better but decided not to fly. I think that's a good call since I was needing a bit higher altitude having to cross the Delaware Bay. After swapping text messages, Charles’s bride also backed out. It was the boys day to fly!

I was in the air by 9:15ish and made a beeline for Cape Henlopen. I crossed the Bay at seven thousand three hundred feet and let down for Cape May about half way across the 11 mile salt water span. I did overfly two Ferry's crossing closer to the NJ side. I passed over the Cape May light house and followed the coast a short distance north before turning for a long left down wind for runway one-nine. I still needed to loose some altitude.
I made a nice landing and taxied for the ramp at the restaurant, adjacent to the operations building. Once shut down I managed to shoot a short video of Charles and his Piper Warrior 160 pulling up and shutting down. 

The restaurant was packed, every seat in the lobby filled with a body...maybe Cambridge was a better call.  Our wait wasn’t too bad, and we got a table instead of the counter seats we had asked for, thinking it would speed things up. 

Charles and I each had an omelette with toast and I added bacon. There has to be a meat with breakfast. Once finished we settled up the bill and headed out to the ramp. Traffic was picking up and we enjoyed hanging out at the planes and chatting with a few of the pilots. 

We each climbed aboard our rides and got the fans turning. The two pilots we were chatting with were first to taxi out, Charles followed and then I fell in line.  The young pilot that was farther down the flight line taxied out behind me.  The conga line made its way to runway one-nine and one by one we turned at an angle and each did our run up. Since I had to cross the Bay I circled over the Cape May ferry terminal prior to going feet wet.

Once at altitude I made the crossing and eventually let down for home.  The jump plane was making calls counting down to dropping the meat bombs as the airport activity was picking up. 
I extended my down wind and a Cessna circled south of the airport. A Bonanza was entering the down wind and a Cirrus was heading in from the north. I turned base and final and watched the first chute circle down towards midfield. Once the first jumper was down I called about a two mile final and landed long. There was a second chute that jumped well after the first and they were circling over the midfield infield area. I didn’t want to taxi off the runway where they were landing so I taxied full length before clearing.  The conga line of planes made their way in behind me. It was busy!

Monday, June 07, 2021

Return Visit to the Shop

I got a call from the shop on Friday asking if I could bring 3 Tango Charlie back in for a quick check with regard to the fuel pump.  Apparently while cleaning the screen and replacing the O ring on Bill's Super Commander the guys noticed another O ring in the same container. The concern was they may have placed a similar O ring in my plane but not the correct one. There were no leaks from my pump in either of my last two flights and there was no leak during the run up leak test to complete the annual.  Making the trip to confirm the O ring part is correct is a no brainer.

I was at the airport at 8am and mounted cameras and following my detailed pre-flight got the fan turning around 8:30.  It's just a short hop back to KGED, Delaware Coastal and fifteen minutes after launch I was shutting down in front of the shop hangar door. 

As I noted the hop was quick but not without some concern as I was reporting short final. I had been making my calls at ten, five, down wind, base and final. On short final I heard a call for a plane landing on two-eight. I asked for its position multiple times with no response. I did not have any traffic on ADS-B. LAHSO is now in full on mode.  I had to erase the land long thoughts and exiting on the last taxiway in front of the shop for getting stopped, and now clear prior to run way two eight. I pulled the remaining power early and made a nice landing, exiting at the first taxiway across from the restaurant at the terminal.  Op's said they thought that plane may have been at Millville, KMIV, landing on their R/W 28.

Op's was correct.  After watching and listening to the video I clearly heard the aircraft give the airport landing as Millville, at least three times. Talk about a brain fart. I was busy getting configured to land and it just didn't register.
I shut down at the hangar and the guys quickly removed the top and bottom cowls and got right to work. With the O removed it was checked and confirmed it was the correct part. Another new O ring was installed and 3 Tango Charlie was buttoned up with a clean bill of health.

Let's get home

I taxied out for runway two-two and launched for home.  Power pulled back and cruising along at fifteen hundred feet, still warm but at 75 degrees it was better then 90 on the ground. I landed on runway one-four with a seven knot crosswind and taxied clear.

I have two flights coming up, both for the Beech Aero Club. On June 12th we are meeting up at KFWN, Sussex NJ and on the 19th we are meeting up at N81, Hammonton, NJ. It's good to be back flying!

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Quick Flight, and Approach (VFR)

 

A quick flight this morning to check systems and reacquaint myself with my Stec 60-2 autopilot. I launched from Ocean City, Runway two-zero, and climbed to the west. With some button pushing I set up for the RNAV GPS 14 approach, direct PFAIR, back into KOXB. 

It's been six weeks since I last flew, not counting the short hop home from annual. It felt good to chug and plug on the Garmin 480 and get a bit of autopilot buttonology while still aviating. 3 Tango Charlie is ready to go and Mary and I are looking forward to our next adventure.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day, Never Forget

 

Everyday each of us enjoy the freedoms our soldiers paid the price for. Let us all remember the families left behind, the lives left unfinished, the futures left wanting, those bright minds, and loving hearts that answered the call.

REMEMEBR, RESPECT, HONOR

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Annual Inspection Part III, The Wrap Up


It seems like forever... 

The muffler was sent out on 4/28, and finally returned on 5/21, twenty three days, three weeks of waiting. Since I had so much time I broke down the added cost of the plane sitting for six weeks and calculated the fixed costs wasted.  GPS data $72, Hangar $405, Insurance $405, but I did save fuel. insert eye roll.

3 Tango Charlie left for annual on April 15th, finally returning home this afternoon. This has been the longest and most expensive annual since I started flying. Oh how I long for the days of a simple fixed gear aircraft with basic systems.

This year I did have a few things I wanted to have done, and there were a few surprises like the muffler baffles and Pitot static leak. I knew I was due for the left Mag rebuild so at least that wasn't a shock and I had planned for the aileron hinge replacement. The shimmy damper needed an overhaul and the torque link scissors needed new bushings so I just upgraded both with a total parts kit from Aerodyme Corpration, the leader in Commander parts and service kits. 

Let’s get in the air

I had previously set up another session in the Ocean Aviation Red Bird full motion sim to knock out the last approach I needed for currency. I decided on shooting the RNAV GPS 18 into Jekyll Island (09J) to get a sneak peek for the commander fly in destination in September. This worked out great since we were waiting for LIFR conditions to clear before launching on the bring the plane home mission.

Chet, my hangar neighbor, provided the hop to Delaware Coastal, KGED, to pick up 3 Tango Charlie. The weather was IFR until almost 11am and the fog finally burned off. The Ocean City airport was busy, the jump plane was hauling meat missiles and transients were coming in for the Memorial Day weekend. 
I managed a few pictures of the overlying conditions along the coast as we made our way north to GED.  The ride was bumpy but manageable and Chet made a nice landing. 

I will say my shop is very detailed with inspection and procedures. I am grateful they do it right and provide that comfort feeling while I’m flying.

The list 
Basic annual inspection  $1850 +27% increase
Labor 37.1 hours  $3265
Replace LH slick mag  $1230
R&R exhaust muffler, Plane Exhaust Corp. $1417
Comply with applicable AD's & update summary
IFR cert and correct Aspen barro setting $735
Alternate static source switch $34
EGT probe (1) $51
Oil 7 qts  20W50 Phillips  $66
Oil filter CH48110-1  $50
UPS shipping for exhaust $400
Gasket and seals $78
Shop supplies  $20
R&R #2 Cylinder intake tube gasket
Pitot system leaks *labor intensive
Aileron hinge o/s part
R&R shimmy damper o/s kit 
Replace torque link bolts and bushings o/s kit

After settling up the damages we walked over to fellow Commander owner Bill H’s hangar where my plane was tucked away, safe from the birds and their byproducts. Thanks Bill!

Following my preflight Chet and I walked over to the restaurant in the terminal for lunch. I had a cheeseburger, Chet had a chicken Caesar wrap. Good eats and good airplane talk. 

Rant On
While we were eating lunch a Pax river Blackhawk landed and taxied towards the terminal, holding short, still running, where my Commander was parked. I was not a happy camper. I walked out of the terminal and met with the one crew member that was the designated food runner. I greeted him and asked where they were out of, he responded.  I thanked him and said at least I know where to call to complain about the helo sandblasting my plane. He froze for a second and apologized. I said thanks and asked him to remind the pilot to get his head out of his ass the next time he keeps the bird running by other aircraft. As the conversation ended I noticed two men walked in from the flight line and just stared at me, lets say a version of MYOB was the response. I think as I get older I am definitely getting cranky or maybe it was the check I had just written.
/Rant Off

I walked back in to the restaurant and finished Lunch. Once we were done eating Chet headed over to his plane and I walked back to my Commander, giving it another once over after the Blackhawk windstorm. Once the fan was turning I checked all my systems then taxied for runway two-two. Chet was already on his way back to Ocean City and I was going to follow. I climbed out and with a positive rate of climb reached for the gear and selected up. The three green lights extinguished and I felt three bumps to confirm. It usually takes a total of ten to twelve seconds to complete the cycle and then the gear warning light goes out, it didn’t. Hmmm... I should have immediately checked the amp meter to see if the pump was running but I did not. I continued to aviate raising the flaps then re-evaluating my situation. Turning cross wind to down wind I decided to drop the gear and see what happens. The gear dropped and I confirmed with three bumps, three green, and the gear warning light now off in its normal cycle time. Ok, do I cycle again to check or finish my pattern and check on the ground, get it on the ground.
I made a nice landing and taxied back to the shop. Once shut down 3 Tango Charlie went back up on jacks followed by multiple gear swings and inspections. Naturally we could not reproduce the lingering light. 

Once buttoned up I headed back for the runway to give this another try. We agreed that if there was another warning light issue I would call so the shop would get a good look with me flying a low pass. If all is good I will continue home. As 3 Tango Charlie climbed out I selected gear up and counted the seconds for the three green and gear warning light to extinguish, the process and timing was perfect.

I pointed for home and enjoyed the ride, it’s been six weeks. The new exhaust seemed to provide a bit more power but that could be my imagination. I set up to cross midfield for runway two-zero and made a sweet landing at OXB.  

The rebuilt shimmy damper and new torque link scissor bushings were rock solid and there was no sign of any vibration from the NLG. Tomorrow I’ll put my 'stuff' back in the baggage area and give the plane a once over clean up, even though the shop gave her a bath.

This busy day has me wiped out. My plane is safely back in the hangar and I am headed to the house, once again a happy pilot. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Currency, Red Bird Full Motion Sim

Red Bird MCX Dual Controls
Since my annual is dragging on, waiting for the muffler to be returned, I decided to try out the new full motion sim at Ocean Aviation. My instrument currency will lapse at the end of the month so why not give the sim a try. I thought I could shoot a few approaches into some of the destinations we have coming up as well as the home field assortment. 

Tuesday 5/11 Ocean Aviation

I had to make a stop at the hangar and pick up our spare headset, just in case.  I actually decided not to use it once in the sim.  The CFI walked me through the set up and equipment then we got to flying. I did three approaches here at Ocean City; RNAV GPS 2, 14 and 32. We then reset for Delaware Coastal and knocked out the RNAv GPS 22 and 4.

When we were inbound for the RNAV GPS 4 the sim had a runaway trim, and I don't think the instructor commanded that action. I stuck it out and somehow held the nose level but you can hear me struggle.  I shut the autopilot off and since my hands were very busy trying not to let us stall I asked for my right seater to pull the breaker. On short final the trim released and I broke out in time to land. 

Overall a fun time for the money spent. I managed 1.7 hours, 5 approaches , a hold and tracking. I'll need one more approach to reset my currency.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Annual Inspection, Part II of III

 
Monday 4/26 - The Annual Resumes 

I am up and out the door by 8 am in order to get to the shop when they open.  The plan is to resume the annual inspection on 3 Tango Charlie. Noticeable traffic this morning but I still make good time, right up until I make a Dunkin Donuts stop. DD was packed, the line wrapped around the building. 

With a hot tea, black, in the cup holder and a croissant with bacon and cheese, I'm back to road warrior mode. I pull up to the shop and Steve rolls in right behind me. 

It was a slower paced day since the Navajo that keeps bumping me had to be run up and checked for refrigerant and a cold AC system check. 3 Tango Charlie got some sunshine while we moved planes around and then everyone went back in the shop and assumed  their previous parking  positions. The Navajo had to be cowled, and with that it should be complete.


The new parts kit
My Commander did see some service, Steve rebuilt shimmy damper, main landing gear doors were reattached and the prop was greased with Aeroshells finest. 
There are two grease fittings for each blade, six total for the Hartzel Top Prop. When adding a few pumps of grease it’s SOP to remove one fitting to relieve potential pressure in the hub. 

Various systems under the rear seat area were checked. The flap motor and the potentiometer that drives the flap position indicator were good, along with all the hydraulic lines for the gear, and the low and high pressure control valves.
Flap motor and pot for the gauge

High and Low pressure control valves for gear
The oil filter that had drained from day one was cut open and examined today.  The oil filter had some carbon residue but the filter fabric portion was clear of carbon and no shiny bits.

I decided to call it a day and bug out for home around 4pm. Traffic was moving well and I made the run in forty minutes. 

Tomorrow the plan is to install the new left Mag and time, then add seven quarts of Phillips oil and the Camguard. This should complete the engine compartment work.  Next up will be pulley and cable inspections along with lubrication. Next the PITOT static slow leak and then the Avionics guy can adjust the Aspen. We will still have airframe lube, elevator AD borescope and the aileron hinge to replace. 
I ordered a torque link kit from Aerodyme and that will be here in two days. I think there is a bit too much play, and the shop wants to look up the specs before committing one way or the other. 

Tuesday 4/27 - The Reassembly 

Ahhh...the breakfast of champions, a hot tea, left over cinnamon bun and an Advil. Ziva is all squared away and back in the bedroom with my bride. They are bonded through their sleep habits and schedules. 

I'm off for the shop just before 8am and plan one quick stop for my "real" breakfast at McD's. Time for an egg Mcnuthin', hashbrowns and orange juice. The morning cinnamon bun was just a wake me up and I have to eat something to take pills. I know, worse then a child.

The Navajo is completed! The owner and his wife picked it up this morning after coming in with their Cessna 172. 3 Tango Charlie is now shuffled back deeper into the hangar taking the Navajos spot. Inspection plates are reinstalled as I follow along behind Steve's inspection and lube procedures. 

Next up is the aileron hinge replacement. First step is to remove the aileron and set it on some foam pads to protect it while Steve works, and I watch. 
Original hinge
Drilling new rivet holes in hinge
Ready to rivet new hinge on aileron
Finished product
The process was to drill out the old rivets and then keep the holes aligned with the cleco clamps. Securing each hole held the hinge in place as each new rivet was replaced and bucked, it was an interesting process to watch and learn.  I have a whole new respect for my friend Adam B that is building an RV10
Next up is removing the interior for cable and pully inspection and lube under the seating area and in the tail of the plane.  Steve can get in there and move around, if I had to do it they would have to call rescue for confined space. I may be able to get in, but not without breaking something on the plane or my body in the process.

Wednesday 4/28 - I can just see the light

My computer work for the side gig is completed, at least as much as I can before heading off to the shop. When I return home this afternoon I'll update the remaining portion of work on quick books. Time to grab something to eat, my Advil, and get on the road.
When I arrived Steve was in the plane finishing up on inspecting the cable tensions for all controls. The numbers are affected by temperature and all of 3 Tango Charlies numbers looked excellent. 
The left Mag was replaced and timed yesterday afternoon, so the to-do list is getting shorter as items are checked off. I cleaned the interior parts of the console and installed the flap inspection covers on both wings. I will deliver the torque link parts tomorrow and they will be installed. 

The plan for the remainder of the day is to find the pitot static leak and get that squared away and then have the Aspen barro adjusted.
One added note, I'm going to need a new muffler, the baffles are shot.  The riser tubes are still good (pictured from the clamps up)and the shroud is good to go. Unfortunately the only shop with one on the shelf is in Canada so I am hunting for more shops that repair existing units. More on this tomorrow. 

Thursday 4/29 - Waiting for parts

I'm going pass on going to the shop today since my torque link parts did not arrive last night. Hopefully today UPS will drop a box off.

The stay at home day works out just fine as we await our new plumbing fixtures to be delivered for our guest bathroom remodel. There are only a few items left to complete and it should be wrapped up by Friday. 

Friday 4/30 - Torque link parts install

Updated price is $70
The parts arrived Thursday night and I am going to deliver them to the shop today. I also have the plumbing contractor coming in around 10am to complete the sink, faucet and toilet hook ups along with the company I work for to finish touch up painting and final clean up. My bride may have to be the inspector today, we shall see how the timing works out. 
I arrived at the shop to drop off the parts and take a look at 3 Tango Charlie. There were interior parts stacked up around the plane, including the panel and instruments. My eyes bugged out when I took a look inside. After I caught my breath and made sure my wallet didn't jump out of my pocket and run away I gave everything a good once over.  Tracking down the Pitot static leak has been a royal pain. There are old brass fittings with some new connections along with old hoses that just fell off the brass. Obviously there was a good bit of original, along with each avionics update spliced in. It was time to clean house and modernize. Pretty much a rip the band-aid off moment.
muffler shroud
The muffler was shipped out for repair so that was a plus. With the muffler out access to the nitrogen and hydraulic fitting made life a bit easier to top the gear off.
Fill fitting is the yellow cap, top of NLG
There is another plane in for annual so that will keep the shop busy until my muffler returns. I hope they get the pitot static lines finished up without a bunch more time involved. One good note, the engine run up, prior to the muffler removal was perfect, and the mag timing was good. 
Torque link kit installed
For now I wait. I am hopeful for a quick return of the muffler and then a call that 3 Tango Charlie is completed.

Stay Tuned for Part III, The Annual Wrap Up

Friday, April 23, 2021

Annual Inspection, Part I of III

Wake up sleepy head. It's that time again, the annual inspection of our Commander 112A is upon us. I will once again fly 3 Tango Charlie to Sussex Aero Services located at Delaware Coastal (KGED) airport in Georgetown Delaware.  

The original start date was scheduled for Monday April 19th. Since I will need an IFR  certification I figured on taking care of everything all at once. One stop shopping. One problem, the tech that does the IFR cert will be away all week but he did agree to knocking out the cert on Friday, the 16th. So depending on weather I’ll either drop off Thursday afternoon or early Friday morning. 

Thursday, 4/15 - Reposition Flight

The rain has subsided and the weather was looking ok to head to the shop. The Friday forecast was for sun and windy conditions. This windy stuff along with having to get up early to get to the shop, 9am appointment, helped me decide to make the flight this afternoon.

Since todays weather worked out, Mary did the road course and I flew 3 Tango Charlie to the shop.  I shut down on the ramp adjacent to the hangar and started to secure the plane when Steve hollered over for me to park in front of the hangar. It was a quick hot start and short taxi to the shop hangar door. 

I helped push 3TC in the shop for a compression check while she was still hot. Steve and I removed the top cowling and started to remove plugs. My shop time was cut short today since Mary soon arrived. I left the log books, keys, shimmy damper rebuild kit and an aileron hinge that I needed to have installed. Tomorrow is the IFR certification with the remaining annual work to begin on Monday. 

Sunday 4/18 - Get it Organized 

It was a beautiful day to fly but with no plane all I could do is watch others commit aviation. 

I made a quick run to the airport to grab my travel tool bag and screw gun. Once home I sorted out what I had in the travel bag; put some tools back in my snap on box in the garage, and put my battery on the charger for the screw gun. I’m ready to take part in the annual inspection tomorrow. 

Monday 4/19 - Hands on learning

I'm off to the airport but feeling like I am behind schedule.  I exit our community and in doing so enter the left turn lane heading south to the Ocean City airport and my hangar. Hmmm, wrong airport, wrong hangar, and wrong direction, not a good start.  I salvage the wrong turn and make the first right turn that takes me through a development that leads to Dunkin Donuts. I order a hot tea black and a croissant with bacon and cheese...for the win!  Now lets get pointed in the right direction and get back to motoring.

I arrive at Sussex Aero around 8:25 and Steve pulls up at 8:30, perfect timing for not having any idea when the shop opened. We get right to work on 3 Tango Charlie, Steve on the gear and I start opening all the panels, elevator first. There is an AD (2011-07-13) and the elevator tips must come off for a borescope inspection. 
Elevator 
Jack screw and trim chain
Next was the tail cone and wing tips. I bagged all the screws with washers and labeled the bag before setting it in a 3TC parts box. The inspection panels also will reside in the box since this shop does not like leaving one screw in leaving the panel open and free to rotate that could cause a scratch on the paint. I like their way of thinking. 
rudder horn and cables
Wing tip removed, viewing strobe pack 
Inside wing view
More inside wing view
As I was walking around the plane and getting ready to remove the under wing inspection panels I noticed my lower cowl looking pretty nasty.  I'll bring some cleaner wax with me for Wednesday and get that cleaned up along with the belly of the plane. 
I removed the dorsal fairing so the attach bolts and wiring harness could be checked and immediately reinstalled when the inspection was completed.

It was closing in on 1:30 and Steve took a break for lunch. The plan was to swing the gear this afternoon and then complete the oil change with a cleaning of the screen and cutting open the filter,  now that it had drained.  I received an email alert that my for Camguard order was delivered at home while I was at the shop, so I'll bring that with me on Wednesday.  

No work on 3 TC Tuesday. The Cessna 310 that is in on the ramp is going to have its props delivered and installed. This plan works out great since I am scheduled for my second Moderna shot in the morning and I want to make sure I feel ok before crawling around the plane.  I also want to take the tail cone to a body shop to match my paint colors so I will be able to purchase touch up for any scratches.  The plan is to also do a cleaning of the beacon cover since it is starting to yellow. I got tired of looking at it and wanted to get it squared away. Plastic/plexiglass cleaner to the rescue. 

Some bad news  

3 TC did not pass her IFR Cert. I have two issues that need to be resolved, one with the aspen, the barro setting is off by .04 as compared to my steam gauge Altimeter. Tango Charlie also has a very slow leak down of the static pressure system. Both issues will be addressed next Monday when the avionics tech returns form Florida.

The second piece of bad news is my left mag is just shy of 500 hours. I'm going to purchase a rebuilt unit and trade mine in for the core deposit. Why wait, I'm in the shop now and I want it replaced. I know I don't want to get stranded away from home like my Ocean City, NJ Mag Misadventure

And finally, I hope this is the last bit of bad news. My prop is almost due for service due to time, not hours. Hartzell Top Prop is 2400hours/6yr TBO. I need to dig a bit deeper into this and check for the last service in the Adlog once back at the shop. 

Pilots operating under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 91 are not obligated by the FAA to comply with a manufacturer’s service document. But even though complying with overhaul times is not a legal requirement, there’s a reason why manufacturers like Hartzell Propeller set overhaul limits for their props. Neglecting your propeller by operating it beyond these limits may not be illegal, but it could lead to reduced reliability, propeller malfunction, expensive component replacement, and potentially unsafe operating conditions

Typically part 91 is based on hours vs time, much like an engine TBO. For me it’s a safety thing, while not mandatory to comply, the manufacturer makes the recommendation. My method of operation and maintenance practices tend to be conservative, so this will be overhauled next annual. 

Tuesday 4/20 - The list
  • Moderna 2nd shot completed!
  • Beacon cover refurbished
  • Color samples purchased
  • Cleaner wax packed for Wednesday
  • Camguard packed for Wednesday
  • Dog food and treats
Mary and I headed out for our second shot this morning to finish up our vaccines. When we arrived we walked in a few minutes early, ID's were checked and within ten minutes we were sitting on the rec center bleachers for the mandatory fifteen minute observation period. I asked Mary if it was ok to fall out of my seat and roll around on the floor, you men know the look I got. Enough on that subject.

We pointed for home making a stop at two auto body shops and neither one could mix paint to match our airplane colors. I was not happy. I was told autobody shops shoot a water based product then seal with the clear coat. I have another plan, plan B. We headed for the airport to pick up the few items on the list and made a stop for Ziva's food and treats, don't forget her treats.
Vince flying the Commander
My Plan B was to call Vince G. If you have been reading my blog you know Vince is the guy I flew with when based at Wilmington and he has been in the Commander for one trip, Cherry Ridge.  Vince paints airplanes, well, he does a lot of work on airplanes, jets to be exact. Vince hooked me up after I sent him my paint codes and he secured the white and blue along with the accelerator/hardener. 
The only remaining mystery is the red, there is no matching paint code so there may have been an error recording the number.  I will need to bring my tail cone to the shop so it can be scanned and then the paint mixed to match.  This will be four hours of driving sometime this week.

Wednesday 4.21 - Back to the shop

Another early start to get some computer work done for my part time gig and then off to the shop for more annual. I loaded the truck last night so I was ready to roll at 8am. When I arrived at the shop Steve was working on the Navajo and the props were in for a Cessna 310. That means my Commander is getting bumped.
It really did work out since I wanted to go pick up the paint that Vince secured from a shop in Elsmere Delaware, McMenamin Auto Body Paint. Two hours each way but it was great to catch up with Vince and have lunch at the Dog House in New Castle Delaware. The dog house was a favorite for years when I worked at the DRBA main office at the Delaware Memorial Bridges.
The paint colors? 
 
817 is a Chevrolet Fleet White
63203 is also a Chevrolet color, Mariner Blue
43104 was a bad number.  After Scanning it, it came up as an aircraft match, Vendetta Red - R2325. 

Friday 4/23 - Annual to resume?

Thursday was another no work day for 3 Tango Charlie.  The shop focused on the Navajo and finishing up the props on the 310.  I hope I'm up next.

I am hoping to meet up with a fellow Commander Owners Group pilot Chuck W, flying in from North Carolina. Chuck is heading home to Taunton, MA. I'll call the shop at 8:45 and check on the work status then head over after meeting up and maybe enjoying some breakfast with fellow COG member. 

My meet up with Chuck was a no go, he had some fouled plug issues. I've been in that situation, in flight, last November, not fun. 

I called the shop in the morning and they said check back around one, I did, the Navajo is just finishing up.  The plan is to resume work on our Commander on Monday.

Stay tuned for Part II