2020 Annual Inspection Begins · · PAGE 457.
September 26, 2020: I went up to the
Rockledge Airport to start my annual inspection of N2PZ. I met Billy as he
was preparing to go up to North Carolina for a few days. We moved one of
the other airplanes in the hangar forward so I could swing my prop for the
cylinder compression tests. I do not intend to fly today, just work
on the airplane and do some cleaning. I brought in my backboard creeper to
get under the airplane, and my stool with wheels on it when I need to sit down
during today's work.
Here is the airplane ready for the cylinder compression tests. The
results were the same again this year with 80 PSI test pressure and all
cylinders reading about 78 PSI at top dead center of the compression
stroke. I appreciate the advantage of having cylinders that have
nickel-carbide coating after 15 years of service. I did not realize this
image was not correctly focused until I created this web page after processing
the images to the correct size.
Here is the same image with some additional image processing to
"sharpen" the view. I can see I need to use the zoom feature
when I look at each image on the camera display screen as soon as I take it.
Summer is the "wet season" for Florida and rarely does the good flying weather synchronize with the weekends. I was talking with my old friend Marty Mason the other day. He asked me why I had not been flying since June. Now you know why. The annual inspection will not be complete until I can make a test flight and fill in the aircraft log book accordingly.
October 17, 2020: Good flying weather "Maybe" for today. It looked good from weather radar and driving to the airport today. The wind was out of the north and a cool front was coming into the area from the north. I was airborne at 11:13 AM according to my GPS data. I climbed up west of the airport to get a good look at the weather for my decision on which way to go. I started off going south over I-95 while climbing to stay clear of the Class D airports in this area of Brevard County, Florida. I was up at 5,000 MSL down near the Melbourne Airport (KMLB) before I turned toward the north. It was a partly cloudy day and I was going up on top of the clouds to see how clear it is up north.
Massey Ranch (X50) airport
near New Smyrna Beach, Florida was where I would make a full stop landing then
back taxi on runway 36 to head back home. I was up near 7,000 feet MSL
over the Indian River Lagoon when I decided I could get over near the beach to
get down low for the approach to Massey in VFR conditions. This was a day
with broken cloud layers and more. I flew over the highest cloud bank at
around 8,000 feet when I was near the Kennedy Space Center. I noticed some
turbulence when I was on final to runway 36, but I have been flying near trees
at several airports and know what to expect to maintain a safe approach to the
When I departed Massey and headed south, the base of the broken cloud layer was about 2,000 feet MSL. I had to do a zigzag flight path to get around and above the clouds up north of Titusville. I climbed up to over 6,000 feet MSL to get to an area where I could descend clear of clouds in VFR conditions over I-95 west of the Rockledge Airport. The GPS reported my touchdown at the airport at 12:30:30 PM.
The Hobbs meter adds 1.4 hours today for a total time since new of 441.8 hours.
December 28, 2020: Monday looked like a good day to go flying here in Central Florida. The company is closed for the remainder of the holidays and I have more days off duty this week. I got a late start for the airport and had my lunch before going to the airport. I started by cleaning my airplane of the dust and crud that accumulated in the hangar. Bill had some things to do today and it worked out not so good as the weather started moving into the area.
For those of you wondering why I have not been flying lately, I took some vacation days in November so Linda and I could go up to Georgia to introduce Linda to my sister on the second day of the trip. We then spent the weekend at her daughter's home in Decatur, Georgia. Monday came and we headed up to the mountains in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. All the details, photos, and Google Earth images are found on this part of my web site.
There are 21 web pages and 435 images in those pages to tell the story of our nine-day vacation trip for Linda, myself, and her dog "Chase." His name is appropriate if he gets out of the house without a leash.
I will publish the details here when I make my NEXT flight.
January 16, 2021:
A day to go flying. The winds are brisk on the ground, and blowing from
the West at 30 MPH up at 3,000 AGL. Today's flight was down to Valkaria to
do a couple of touch and go landings on runway 10 with the wind down the runway.
The usual take off from Rockledge was using runway 36. The wind was
from the NW and tested my stick & rudder skills when I cleared the tops of
the trees. I turned west and climbed up over I-95 to remain clear of
Patrick AFB class D. I climbed up to 3,000 AGL and hit a
"one-shot" turbulence as I approached KMLB over the top. That
brief turbulence rolled me about 60 degrees to the right followed by my quick
return to wings level as I continued toward Valkaria Airport. Only one
other airplane was in the pattern down there. The wind speed on approach
was about 15 MPH for runway 10. My return to Rockledge was down low out
near the Saint Johns river clear of Melbourne class D air space.
Back at Rockledge, the wind was still from the northwest when I made my
crosswind approach to runway 36. You can see where the wind started
pushing me to the right as my wheels left the runway on departure. My
landing upon returning was textbook crosswind and I stayed very close to the
The flight time today was only 0.8 hours as it was bumpy and tested my basic skills.
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