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Flight: 2012-0907-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSSI (flying time 0:15)
The good news: I get to test fly a new attitude indicator. The bad news: we had to buy an attitude indicator...
From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2012-09-07 18:46:33 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2012-09-07 19:01:50 [00:15:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
David Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-L) /
After riding out the weather and finally seeing a break, we had headed out to the airport and loaded up and ... found the AI to be dead during the run-up. Bleah! Garrett pointed me to Precision Accessories & Instruments, where Tom was incredibly helpful based only on my very vague description and shipped us out a replacement unit post haste. Thanks, Tom!
I'm trying to muster up all the gratitude I can for Kirk at Palmetto Aviation Repair, too, since they're not only right on the field but he did fit me in the next day in time for us to head out, but being hit for 3 hours for an AI swap still has me walking funny, if you know what I mean :-( Ah, well; we didn't have to wait for a pure-VMC window to limp out of there who knows when, right?
Anyway, it's time to test-fly this thing and see if it behaves like an AI should. I actually got to take off on 16 this time, almost directly into the wind, so I just made my crosswind leg a little tighter and headed up over the beach for some maneuvering. It was gorgeous -- and funny how small the beach looks from above :-)
Once up to a comfortable altitude, I whipped a couple of fun 60-degree turns, rolling from left straight through to right in the middle, and all seemed solid. Then it was time for a quick climb & dive, which I'm sure Quin would have loved, and it seemed solid again. What else do you do to test an AI in a non-aerobatic plane, right? So I continued on my inland heading and set up for a 3-mile final to get her in, tie her off, and hurry back to pick up the family for the ride home.