Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day Project / Adventure

I had an interesting Father’s Day Weekend. Travis came over to my house on Saturday with his PPC. We both needed to do some maintenance, including a full tune-up, and I wanted to add some new LEDs I had just ordered from Bear. It took us most of the day, but all went well and after checking the weather we decided to meet Sunday morning for a flight.

I arrived at the field first (as usual!) and got my plane out of my trailer. It took me awhile to get it started with the new fuel lines, but it ran well. The day before I had pointed out to Travis that I had a crack in one of my radiator mounting tabs. Phil had warned me to keep an eye on them since this was an issue on older Powrachutes. After my warmup, I noticed both tabs on top of the PPC were now broken and my radiator was leaning backward… no flying for me. I will head to the local welding shop to see what they can do this week, but I expect eventually I will have to replace it.

Anyway, after putting my PPC back in the trailer, Travis offered to let me fly with him. Soon we were in the air for a much needed flight. It was a little bumpy, but at least we got into the air!

Now I just have to get my radiator fixed before next weekend. I’m celebrating being two years cancer-free with my local PPC flying buddies and I don’t want to miss that!

My new landing lights… not wired yet.

Here’s the back of my mirror that some of you wanted to see. You can see the two mounting tabs on the top don’t line up with the two on the bottom. This allowed me to use four zipties.

The crack…

I put the zipties on it to keep it from damaging the bottom tabs on the ride home.

My new LEDs. You can see the green one reflecting on the prop ring.

Another shot that shows the LEDs.

Pretty new fuel lines!

Back into the trailer, ready to go home.

We’re off, departing runway 17 at Taylor Municipal, T74

Nice fishing spot.

Power lines!!!

Nice big corn field.

Pretty little church and graveyard.

The clouds were causing some strange greens.

Round bales.

This little creek wandered through the farmland.
A lonely tractor.

Sometimes I get it right. This was my favorite photo of the day.

A closer shot.

Back at the airport. This field is just on the other side of our runway.

Here’s another view of the same field.

This Cessna was departing shortly after we landed.

See you next week!

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