By end of year 2015 we had the engine overhauled and the annual inspection completed for 205JN. Everything is working well as of right now. Next, We’re heading west with the airplane to do some mountain flying courses this fall. Flying in the Rockies requires a level of flight planning that we’ve not had to worry with here in the MS flatlands. Wind, weather & altitude collude to frustrate pilots that visit the mountains and an extra dose of knowledge & caution is warranted. We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re also hoping to make the west coast at some point as well.
My friend Andy sold the Citabria (shown below) so no more tail dragging for the time being. I’ll miss her – but not as much as Andy.
Well, Claudia pushed through this year and gained her IFR certification. What an achievement! She worked super hard and got ‘er done! 205JN also performed well through the entire process – she’s a champ of an aircraft. She got a new (overhauled) prop and VG’s (vortex generators) this year and is flying better than ever.
I’ve cut back a bit on the flying since Claudia was concentrating on the IFR cert but I did get in some Citabria hours this year. I got a basic aerobatic certification last year and got some practice in this year. The Citabria is a kick in the pants – especially for aerobatic maneuvers. I’m keeping it simple and sticking to loops and rolls for now.