AIF, 96.2 (2.6 hours last flight)
Now, on to the flight I had last weekend! Yes, still behind, but here we are.
James & I took the DA-40 up at the last minute to get some currency time and test out a route I want to do later in the year. We FINALLY made it to Tyler! For those of you that read often, you might remember I have tried this trip nearly three times now, all of them scrubbed due to weather at Tyler Pounds Field.
This flight was unique for a few reasons.
- While this was a DA-40, I had never flown this DA-40 before.
- I was back to using steam gauges, glass cockpit (G1000 panels) in this bird.
- James learned how to taxi! Steering with your feet is hella weird if you have never done it before.
- I am becoming increasingly comfortable with RPM/manifold pressure settings in climb, cruise, and descent on this bird.
- For whatever reason, we were flying at 10-15 KIAS slower than we should have been. Neither one of us put anything on the airframe to cause this, but it slowed our progress down considerably.
- I was cleared into Class Bravo on the way back (not on the way out), but skirted the edges of the shelf for the most part, per ATC request. Frankly, I think I was hastily given clearance into Bravo upon departure and I was never given the instruction from the tower. When I asked the controller, he said I was cleared, but then immediately started to vector me underneath Bravo.
- The controller at KDTO (who will remain nameless here) got a little antsy with me as this one tends to do. I was cleared to land, read back my clearance, and then was asked by the controller minutes later what my intentions were. For real.
- Got the HD video going, but again had some audio issues. I will get this resolved FO SHO on the next one. I know exactly what I need to do to make sure it works. Frankly, it’s not my top priority (flying the plane is), but I want to get some good video for you guys.
So I’m good for a few weeks! Next flight may be over to Pop’s new lease, or back down to Tyler to see friends.