Home For Maintenance
The last leg from Tucson to Van Nuys was blessed with blue skies and tailwinds. I think I was given a reprieve for all the weather I dealt with the day before. Flying Estelle, the leg from Tucson to Van Nuys would usually require a fuel stop somewhere along the route. Due to the very rare Westerly tailwinds I was able to make it non-stop in just over 3 hours.
As soon as I parked Estelle in the hangar I pulled the squawk list I compiled from the last week and realized I had amassed a 26 item list, airplane maintenance was in order. I knew it was going to take a few days to get through it all and so I started right away. Flying a vintage airplane, I knew it would require a little extra maintenance, to be honest I enjoy working on Estelle. I like maintaining a piece of history and by working on Estelle I am becoming more comfortable taking her on longer missions. The first time I personally removed the cowling was at an unfamiliar airport somewhere in the Midwest. Now I am much more aware of how things fit together and exactly what tools I need to perform light maintenance on the road. I believe that every pilot should have the knowledge to remove the cowling of their airplane to perform light maintenance. If you take the time to acquire a working knowledge, of the systems supporting your airplane, you will inevitably be more comfortable, when your mechanic tells you something needs repair. Besides, if you learn to perform your own airplane maintenance, you can save yourself quite a sum of money just performing your own oil changes and spark plug cleanings.
The next mission for Estelle and I is a short hop to Reno Nevada for the Reno National Championship Air Races.
If you have ideas of where the next adventure should take us, please email your recommendations to Michael@wingster.aero.