Another Annual is in the books.
All done for another year and no corrosion found (per the recent Piper AD)
The little Cherokee finally has had it's first panel upgrade in almost 25 years!
I have had a KLX-135 and KX-155 since I purchased the plane but had always had issues hearing over the radio or intermittent transmit issues.
I finally decided to bite the bullet and pull both my radios, audio panel and broken intercom and replace them with a single ICOM A220 radio.
I could not be happier with the outcome. I can finally hear crystal clear on the radio and the display is nice and bright and easy to see in direct sun.
I replaced ALL the wires including the headphone/headset jacks to make 100% sure we had all new wiring and no chance of crummy connections.
I've also been able to relocated my iFly 740 GPS to the center of the panel now which creates a more uniform and less cluttered look which I really enjoy.
Some absolutely beautiful flying this weekend, the weather couldn't have been better for visibility and winds.
Just did a quick hop up to EQY for lunch and to test out my new GoPRO mount and camera. While I like the placement of the new mount I'm not sold on it's sturdiness. I do like that it's just a clamp and not affixed to the plane however.
I also toyed around with recording in 4K at 60FPS so both of these videos are extremely high definition. However the file sizes are huge which makes editing them a real pain, so not sure I'll record more at this resolution, but they look nice.
This was a morning flight up to EQY and it was very smooth, no bumps at all.
This was a later afternoon flight and while the sky was clear it was much more bumpy and I had to fight the winds all the way back. Luckily it's a short hop. I tried to find some cleaner air at 3k with no luck so just had to ride it out till LKR.
So was just taking a friend to pick up his plane after it's annual and on the way back we flew some formation and he captured the coolest picture I have ever had taken of the plane.
This is just the most awesome picture, turn to final on Rwy6
Sometimes you just gotta get up in the air and play around the clouds. I'm not a religious person but there is something special (almost spiritual) that happens when you are up flying around clouds and such and you realize that no other human past/present/future will ever see the exact same sight that you are seeing.
It's almost like the entire universe is putting on a show just for you to enjoy, and for those few moments you feel like you can do anything.
Well I finally broke down and bought my first ever pair of brand new headsets. I picked up a set of ANR headsets from Gulf Coast Avionics and I cannot begin to stress to you how much of a game changer this is.
I no longer get fatigued after flying and my head doesn't feel like it's in a vice. I should have done this 5 years ago.