Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Density Altitude is a thing

It was very hot during my BFR a few weeks ago and the DA was really high (for my area) we were almost at 2900' so in turn with 2 people the Cherokee climbed like a rock.  

My CFI taught me some leaning techniques that I could do on the ground to counter the high DA on really hot days.  I decided to head out to the airport this weekend on July 4th to try out a few of these to make sure I could do them solo.

It was again brutally hot, almost 110 on the ramp with 80% humidity.  The DA at that time was 3100', I knew I had plenty of runway and the airport to myself.  

The Cherokee still performs poorly in high DA situations but it doesn't seem to struggle as much when properly leaned.  It's still pretty weird to have the mixture leaned so 'aggressively' and a little unnerving to see that control pulled so far back on takeoff.  But it makes a huge difference.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Another BFR in the books

Another year and another BFR in the books.  This is now my 2nd BFR after purchasing the Cherokee. 

Everything went well other than it was over 95 degrees and the heat was stifling.  Had a nice lesson in high density altitude as the DA had creeped up to almost 3000 feet.  The plane performs totally different at that DA (as was expected)

Repainted, Repaired and Refreshed

Repainted, Repaired and Refreshed the front cover for the panel.  I used my new 3d printer to print out some little 'patches' that I glued on the reverse side of the overlay.  Those will help support the cracks and help strengthen the overall 30+  year old plastic piece.

There were many repairs that had been done over the years, I removed all these failing repairs and redid the entire thing with more stability.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Spring Cleaning

Finally got around to a project I'd been meaning to do for a while now.  I finally broke down and took the vinyl/fake leather cushion thing off the plastic panel.  The glue holding the piece on had really started breaking down (and had gotten worse as the plane was used) and the piece had started to droop down. 

It was very annoying when trying to quickly glance at the comms because it would cover up what comm you were transmitting on. 

Now that I've removed that and gotten all the residual glue off I'm not sure what I wanted to do to refresh the panel?

Here is what it looks like now.

Flight to the Runway Cafe at GMU

What a great flight last weekend to GMU and the Runway Cafe!  Flew a 3 ship formation down to Greenville Downtown to enjoy a delicious meal and check out some cool airplanes.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

5 year anniversary

5 Years ago today we were able to get the engine running for the first time in 10 years!

Friday, April 17, 2020

A great evening to fly

What a wonderful evening to fly around.  We flew a 3 Cherokee Formation from KLKR to KFDW and back.

It was a really great time, the winds were a little rough earlier in the day so we waited until around 6pm for the air to cool and the winds to die down.  Was smooth as glass on a nice spring day.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New Home and the Stearman

I finally got the call that a hangar spot was open nearby.  So I have made the jump from EQY to LKR!

The plane is doing great in her new home and my neighbor just happens to own a really beautiful Stearman and offered to take me around and let me trying flying it.

What a wonderful day and what a great welcome to the neighborhood!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Return to Triple Tree

Turned out to be a very beautiful labor day after some early morning clouds, but as the afternoon rolled around the clouds started to rise and we decided to make the quick hop down to Triple Tree to visit for the day.

A quick 45 minute flight from EQY to SC00 for the afternoon walking around the Triple Tree Grounds.

And was able to get some video of the departure from the 7000 foot grass runway!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

New Windows

So the storm that blew through the Charlotte area in mid June damaged the window so we decided to go ahead and replace both front windows. 

It's a pretty simple install on a 140, just need to remove the lower window trip bar and the strip between the two windows. 

We had always assumed that the fabric on the top of the dash had been light brown, but what we discovered after removing the trim was that the original un-faded color was black.  So we decided to go ahead and redye the fabric back black while the windows were out.

What a huge difference it makes, and again returns the plane closer to what it looked like originally.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Trip to the Beach

Finally was able to take my first day long XC in the Cherokee, nice little trip to Myrtle Beach for lunch with friends.

This trip has been a very long time coming and I feel like I am finally overcoming my anxiety of flying again.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

ADSB-Out Installed!

For you guys on the fence with the ADSB-out solution I figured I would do a quick update on the install.

It really isn't marketing fluff when they say you can install it in 15 minutes. We took the wing tip off to place knife connectors on the wire ends. On mine I do not have a strobe so no need for the yellow wire, simply connect the "hot" wire to the red wire and the black to ground and viola.

Reinstalled the wing tip and powered the unit on. You connect to a little WIFI network to configure it. Once you connect to the WIFI network on your phone you use their app to set the variables for the unit. You set your tail number and that's pretty much it.

One little issue however, part of the setup is to set your transponder to something like 1234 and see if the unit picks that up in the status section of the app. However at our field we do not get radar coverage so your transponder won't "ping" a code since it couldn't hit the radar. In my case that means I'll need to fly around high enough for the Charlotte radar to cause my transponder to broadcast (basically when the little green light flashes) (Before ya'll ask the transponder was re-certified last week)

Because of that my initial flight failed the FAA Test, but it did pick up everything else about the flight, I think next time I'll just need to make sure I'm a little higher than the pattern and fly a little farther out.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Post Annual Flight and new camera

So finally got some time to take the plane up after the annual.  The annual took almost 2 months due to backlog at the shop.  Luckily no issues were found and everything that was needed was just the minor (normal stuff) that's needed every year.

I was also playing around with a new camera mount.  My VIRB camera mount broke a few years ago and I've just never bothered to get a new one.  I thought it would be fun to try one of those external goPRO mounts as the goPRO i have is several years old and I wasn't too concerned if it fell off or not.

Anyways, I took the plane up for a few touch and gos and a quick trip in formation to another local airport for some more touch and gos.

All in all a good little 2 days of punching holes in the sky, and some good pictures from it.