|On our way to the Sebring Expo.|
This time the forecast got it right. The winds had died down and the clouds disappeared. It would be a good day to go flying.
Tampa Executive Airport was already busy by the time I got to the run-up area. And it was cold for Florida (60°F). I actually had to wait for the oil to warm up before I could do my runup. Winds were out of the north at about 8kts, Sally jumped into the air. We turned to the southeast, climbed to 2500' and settled in for the 35-minute flight. Just a bit of a tailwind this morning, nice.
The shuttle van picked up about 5 of us for the 15-minute ride over to the show entrance. We talked about BasicMed, the use of autogas in the Rotax and many other aviation topics. Not once did anyone mention the government shutdown. Ahhh, relief. After buying my wrist band I went into the terminal to get some breakfast. It was exactly 11:00am, breakfast was no longer being served. RATS! BLT on rye.
Next, I walked the flight line just to see if there were any new players. Not so far as I could see. It was a beautiful day to walk around looking at airplanes, but all good things come to an end.
Back on the shuttle, I spoke with a guy who is an FAA accident investigator. He has seen enough to know that the safety measures we use are important. If even the small things are ignored it can have devasting effects.
Sally was parked way the heck out on the line. It was a long taxi back to the runway and we had a few holds due to incoming traffic. When we got the runway the CHT was already warm and waiting for landing traffic was making it worse. Just as I was about to abort and taxi back to cool down we were cleared for takeoff. She cooled off quickly during the climb out.
The flight home was uneventful and very enjoyable. And the landing at home...5 stars!