Long busy day

Today started around 6am again. Via Starbucks as usual.

I went out to Chino airport to find Thom not there. That made getting my plane out easy. I washed the dirt of and checked a few items I wanted to look at again just to be happy.

The weather wasn't good. It was IFR with base at around 800'. It's not uncommon we are told. Around 10 it burnt off to produce a lovely, hot day.

I hope tomorrow isn't like that since I want to get to Sedona preferably before lunch to avoid the thunderstorm activity. It makes life a lot easier. We will have plenty of gas but I'd rather not have to bother with dealing with them first day out.

Mid morning I shot off to the troublemakers breakfast with Vince, Irene and Roland.

When I got back I put my battery on charge for a bit since it had run down a bit with all my database updates. I also blew the tyres up a bit.

Around two o'clock Ray turned up and we took the opportunity to get a couple of photos of both Falcos. Unfortunately Kris didn't come but it was still nice. I took that chance to run the engine again. The ammeter was charging at 56 amps so rather that load up the alternator belt I put the battery back on charge for the rest of the afternoon.

After the photo shoot I went back to the hotel to pick up Darryn. Went back to the field, via Starbucks again and showed him Chino airport.

While at the airport I got a frantic call from Frank. He was concerned about our friends as we were going to visit them in Colorado and a Falco had just crashed there. It was yellow. While never good news it was mixed blessings as i was mostly concerned about a white one. The downside was that people now may be concerned about us. I put the word out while trying to get detail. It turns out the aircraft had just the day before been purchased by its pilot. He was in the aircraft with an instructor when it crashed just after takeoff. I'm not too sure if the instructor is familiar with the Falco or not and I don't want to speculate but fortunately the injuries were relatively minor despite totalling the aeroplane.

We took everyone to dinner as a token of appreciation and retired to do some planning for tomorrow and pack.

Hopefully the morning will dawn clear. We will be checking out at 06:30.


Published by falcogeorge

I live in New Zealand with my lovely wife Vicki along with our animals on a block of land in Helensville. Back in 1994 I had this crazy idea to build a plane. Since then its been a huge part of my life. My day job has varied over the years. I started out as a computer engineer and now I'm an airline pilot. You would think that would tire me of flying but airline flying isn't really flying. The small planes are fun and make me remember why I started flying in the first place. This blog is a demonstration of some of the crazy ideas that pop into my head from time to time. The way I see it, life is too short to not give these wild ideas a go. I don't mind if people think I'm crazy. I probably am.

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