Monday, March 30, 2015

Just for Fun

“In like a lion, out like a lamb” has always seemed a straightforward enough proverb: when March starts, it’s still winter, and by the end of the month spring has begun. True, in many climates the weather hasn’t quite reached the lamb stage by the end of the month—it’s more like a surly cat, maybe, or one of those awful territorial honking geese. But we get the idea. I have seen the phrase referred to as an “eighteenth-century saying” in more than one unreliable Internet source, while Wikipedia calls it “an old Pennsylvania” saw. -

It hasn't turned into a little lamb yet. Blustering winds, surprise snow showers and temperatures 20° below normal have left us all wondering when spring will really start. So when a forecast finally provides just a hint of optimism pilots head out to the airport.

One of my students had reported a "shimmy" upon landing. I figured it was tire pressure and planned to remove her nose pant to inspect the tire condition and the pressure. There were some loose screws on the pant but overall the nose tire was in good shape. Now, putting the pant back on proved to be a bit of a challenge. The two pieces need to be perfectly aligned and the composite material has a good deal of flex to it. I ruined some screws using my power driver trying to "snug up" the fasteners. stripping the the heads beyond repair. (18 M9s I believe.) As I worked a hangar neighbor stopped by to talk. A Mooney owner, he had never seen a PiperSport and had a lot of questions about Sally specifically and the Light Sport rules in general. She does draw a crowd.

Everything buttoned up and preflighted, it was time to fly. But I had "No Particular Place to Go." Kathy had planned to go to Reppert's Candy to pick up her supplies for Easter, so I decided to wander over toward Oley and the valley towns north of Reading. And I did wander. The air was relatively smooth and clear. A Beautiful blue sky and the visibility was truly unlimited. (CAVU) Just a joy to be in the air.

The landing back home was a good one.  Close to the numbers and on centerline.(4 out of 5) No Squeak. Very little shimmy.

Video Notes: Just4Fun

Camtasia upgraded to 8.5.1

This was one of the more simple edits. While I used the audio from the cockpit camera, all of the video used the wing camera mount.

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