Route: 40I, Local
Weather: Scattered clouds, 77 degrees, wind 250 degrees at 8 knots
My annual tradition lives to fly another year. Today made it six out of seven Cub flights on my actual birthday; I've only had to delay once for weather. Not bad for springtime!
Some of my favorite bullet points from the past 12 months:
- I weigh 20 lbs less than I did on May 20, 2013 (I'm down 40 lbs from my heaviest point)
- My first solo night flight and first solo night cross-country
- A day trip to Akron to see my grandma and crossing a milestone on the way home
- A very rare (for me) sunrise flight over the valley
- Tagging along with pilot friend Mike on an unusual adventure involving a hitchhiker
- More rewarding Young Eagle flights
- New Year's breakfast with friends and a little formation flying
- Visiting the new control tower at DAY
- A productive business trip to Sweden during which I got to visit the Aeroseum
- Spending a very fun day with my uncle in San Diego
- My sister finally experienced the venerable J-3 firsthand, as did my aunt and cousin
- Practicing basic maneuvers more frequently than in past years
- Getting checked out to fly the Taylorcraft (though I haven't flown it since)
- Enjoying the Stearman up close once again - it's a view that never gets old!
We had a bunch of fun - as usual - during our relatively short flight this evening
Today turned out to be slightly less than totally beautiful (the original forecast) but was still great Cubbin' weather, especially with the door open down low and slow. Gina and I drove down to Stewart after work. She sat in the cockpit at the controls and I hand-propped the plane. Propeller spinning, I walked around, climbed into the back seat, and taxied out to the runway.
I flew east over the lake and climbed up to 5,000 feet. Things actually got a tad chilly (rough pilot calculations say 77 degrees on the ground equates to about 63 degrees up there) with the door open. I did a few steep turns then cranked and banked to have a little fun.
Insert vintage-looking photo of the Cub on the grass at Stewart here
With that out of my system, I throttled back and tossed a fresh roll of toilet paper (for you, Gary!) out the open door. My dogfighting skills are a little rusty (requisite disclaimer here) and I only managed to cut it on about half my passes. Still, we chopped through the white streamer at least three or four times on the way down. Leveling off, I flew the length of the lake and then headed down the valley to see the progress on the replacement spans of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.
We re-entered the pattern from the southwest after a brief detour over Lebanon. I left the throttle resting comfortably at 1500 RPM, carb heat on, as I turned from downwind to base to final. Pulling it idle as I rounded out in ground effect, I held the wheels off until all three softly started rolling across the green blades.
Freshly-mowed grass is a beautiful thing in a taildragger, that's for sure.
Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File
Today's Flight: 0.8 hours
Total Time: 306.3 hours