Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Plane: Cub, 65 hp
Instructor: Joe 
Route: 40I, Local 
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees, wind 130 degrees at 5 knots

I am happy to report I have finally broken a long streak - that of having gone 144 days since I last logged time in the cockpit. We got married, then the holidays came, and then there has been a bit of unemployment uncertainty. But I couldn't stay on the ground forever, especially if I want to continue my annual tradition of flying the Cub on my birthday next month! I renewed my renter's insurance yesterday and made it down to Stewart this evening to finally get current once again.

Joe and I chatted on the ground for a bit before filling the J-3's tank with 100LL and taking off into the warm evening sky. We flew north towards Dayton and pretty much just spent the first 20-30 minutes doing nothing but flying low and slow and staring out the windows. Gotta love a Cub.

After 3+ years, it's still fun to stare at the GPS tracks of my flights!

Eventually we made it back to the pattern and he asked for three landings. I was quite high on the first one and landed long although the touchdown itself was quite smooth. There was certainly some rust to knock off after such an extended period away from flying. The next two were better; I had a tad too much speed on both but slipped the plane down and made perfectly safe landings. Obviously that's something I'll try and polish up now that I'm able to fly solo again.

It was just an altogether enjoyable night at the airport. One of those evenings that always remind me why I enjoy Stewart so much - it's just vintage aviation in the best possible form. I still doubt that I'll be able to go crazy this year when it comes to flying time but it's always nice to get back into the air.

Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File 
Today's Flight: 0.9 hours
Total Time: 210.4 hours


  1. Glad you're back in the air ... it gets harder to stay current as more demands begin to fill your available time and budget.

  2. Chris - that pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter!

    That it does, Rich.

  3. Steve,

    Good on ya' for getting back in the air and knocking off the rust! Working on doing the same here.