Minor break in the bad weather,,, flew the Arrow III, today

April 7, 2006

"Come, on, quickly John, don't dally.... there's a break in the weather, let's hop in the plane, before the storm hits... NOW..." :)

Okay, maybe I didn't say that, but I certainly was thinking that we ought to get going and up, soon.  There was another storm system coming in and I desperately needed to get more practice in the Arrow III.

I did 10 takeoffs and landings, varying between soft-field and short field landing techniques.  Performed a few forward slips (always like those - you can do them in this aircraft with full flaps ((just like you can with the C-152))), mainly to correct for being a little high on final approach a few times.

Looked at my logbook and it had been two weeks since we were last able to find a break in the weather and get up in the Arrow III (we had worked in about 13 takeoffs and landings ((on runway 13 - I LOVE doing that <g>))).  The flight in the Arrow in the previous weeks was a get-reacquainted opportunity since I hadn't flown the Arrow III for a number of months since we had been doing work in the Cessna 172.

The polite thing to say was that there was some rust since the last flight two weeks ago (but then again, it was rusty then too as it was a revisit of the Arrow III.  I wasn't wholly 'excited' by my performance.  I would have given it a C+.

I'm not going to expose my areas of 'shame' <grin>... Suffice it to say that I need this weather to shape up so that we can have successive practices in the Arrow III with good weather to get everything up to speed. 

I still can't get over the weather we have been having here (as I said before, I swear it belongs to Seattle, not the San Francisco Bay Area, at all).  Looked at the 10 day outlook, forward... rain predicted every single day.  Goodness this has been going on for at least 7 weeks.  I've lucked-out and managed to find a few good days, but the pickings have been hard from the limited amount of flyable days.

We got 10 takeoffs and landings in (all of the 'boutique' variety (shortfield, softfield takeoffs and landings) and called it quits for the day.

Just after we tied down the plane and I was getting my stuff together to head inside, I looked up and saw the storm just starting to come in and snapped this picture:

Well, next week my practice will be better!  Onward and upward, as they say! :)

Good Flights!

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