Sunday, December 27, 2015

New goodies..

Hope everyone had a great holiday.  The weather was terrible here with 76 degrees and storms on Christmas Day.  That meant no flying but I was able to score some cool new things for the plane.  

A new RAM yoke mount for my iPad.  Can't wait to try this out on all those cross countries. 

Anew Pitot cover (with flag) my old one was all dry and rotted off.  

A handy checkmate reference card for operations.  Much easier than having to dig through the flip book. 

A sweet window decal for my car :)

And my favorite...a toy model of my plane for my desk at work :) 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Social media

Happy Holidays to everyone...

Nice early Christmas gift this week as Piper Aircraft gave us a quick shout out on their Facebook and Twitter.

Hopefully by the summer we will be ready to make the trip to Florida.  I'd really like to fly the Cherokee back to the Piper Factory.  

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Another beautiful day....

Snuck in one more day of flying before the weather and Christmas vacation rolls in.

Another hour in the pattern and another hour of hassle free flight on the little Cherokee. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Short Field take off and some cross wind practice....

Couple videos from today, just working on some cross wind landings and seeing how she does on a short field takeoff.

Another weekend...

Weekend before Christmas and snuck in a quick hour in the pattern.  Nice little breezy wind to see how the Cherokee does in a cross-wind.

Plane did great again and handled very well.  Did a short field take off to see how that would go and it went very well, jumps right off the runway.  

Also the smoothest landing yet.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

More Time...

Got a little bit more time in the air yesterday and she's still doing just fine. 

Right now we're just trying to put as much time on her flying around the airport as possible.  Once we reach 10 hours or so we will do another oil change to check the filter.  If all looks well we will then start to slowly branch out a little farther from the airport until we are comfortable taking it to a nearby airfield.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

My First Flight

A beautiful 71 degree December? day was the perfect day to fly the little Cherokee.  I finally got a chance to fly the little plane that I rescued almost 10 months ago.  After years of seeing it sit unused I finally decided to try and rescue it along with my friend Cody. 

We were able to test fly it last week for the first time in 10 years and now this week I was able to personally take her around the patch for a quick spin.

If you had told me a year ago that I would be celebrating my next birthday by flying my own aircraft I would have called you crazy.....

And Cody who helped me fix the little plane and always believed it could be airworthy again, was able to go around the patch as well with a CFI.  His first time flying a low wing non-LSA aircraft!

Time to upgrade that sport license to a private!

Monday, December 7, 2015

More first flight pictures

One of our reddit followers from Raleigh drove down to see the little Cherokee fly and took some great pictures.

Check out the whole album here.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

We did it!

After 10 years and 10 month of restoration the sad forgotten Cherokee 140 has returned to the skies!

I want to thank everyone that came out and everyone that sent well wishes via reddit, facebook, and here on the blog!

Here are few pictures from today and more will be posted as I sift through all the videos and pictures taken.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

First Flight Schedule

We are going to attempt first flight this weekend Dec 5th at/around 4PM at KEQY.  If you would like to come out please let me know by posting below.

The weather is forecasted to be extreme VFR this weekend so it's shaping up to be the perfect calm weekend to test fly the plane.