Unfortunately it took a month-and-a-half before my schedule and the weather would cooperate enough for me to fly in 2010. Fortunately, this past weekend, I was able to have my first flight of 2010…and man, was it great to get back in the sky. Last weekend, my wife and I went up Kohler, WI for a pre-Valentine’s Day spa getaway, so on actual Valentine’s Day we were taking it easy and staying home. My wife was making us an awesome dinner so she urged me to take a few hours to practice and fly on such a beautiful day. I’m glad I found the time!
The weather was indeed clear and crisp and the plane performed great. The colder/thicker air certainly helps the propeller cut into it more! I did a couple laps around the pattern at Westosha, then down to Campbell Airport (C81) in Grayslake for a change of scenery. Along the way, I flew by our house and my wife came out and waved…it was pretty cool, the first time she saw me actually IN flight from the ground. I was happily surprised when my landings were nice and smooth, even with the moderate cross-wind that day.
After 4 greaser landings between the 2 airports, I jolted back home and spent the rest of V-Day with my awesome wife. This flight I logged 0.8 hours of flight time. Let’s hope 2010 brings a LOT more time in the air!