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Great report Mike,
We have just gone on lockdown in UK, so no flying this week, but
nice to see someones having fun.
On 05/11/2020 19:34, Mike Dwyer wrote:
A reasonably nice day here in West Central Florida
but there is a hurricane coming soon so figured I better get a
flight in today. We only have one runway open RWY4-22 but the
wind was from 60 degrees at 10 to 16K. Temp 70F, humidity 70%.
The Q200 hadn't been run for 2 weeks so it didn't pop right off
but after about 10 blades it fired up and stayed running. I
have a carb and have installed a primer that injects fuel right
on the low pressure side of the intake valve. Using that helps
starting a lot.
The airport was pretty busy today. The Cherokee GA
trainers were out in force and mixing it up with the Bis Jets
and Airbuss's. Took 18 minutes to get launched. My normal
lately has been around 10 so it was busy. After launch I had
to level off at 1000 feet to keep from going into the Tampa
Class B and checking Flight Aware, they showed me at 197
mph before I pulled the power back. I then climbed up to
5500'. The mission today was to fire up the 2 meter ham radio
and talk to people. At ground level these radios talk 10-20
miles... But at 5500' wow, half of Florida was listening to
me. I got several people that were new ham operators and very
excited to talk to an airplane. Others told me of their days
flying in the Virgin Islands. Others talked about wanting to
get a pilot license. It was fun.
As I got back to the Tampa Bay beaches I hung up the ham
radio and dialed up KPIE. I slipped in behind a slow
mover and KPIE told me I was 30K faster. Darn, I had already
slowed down to final approach speed and I was still 30K
faster! Here go the S-Turns. The tower complimented me on
making the spacing good. I mostly had the traffic visually
and the ADS-B was doing great with his position. Then an
Airbuss pulled in 10 miles behind me! Now I'm the slow
mover! I'm burning maybe 3 GPH and the Airbuss probably 300
GPH , so I offer to leave to the west and come back later.
The tower says nah, keep coming. The slow mover has gone
around so I'm cleared to land so I let the Q200 speed up a bit
to 130K. Now the trick is going to be, getting down to 80K to
land. The way I do that is pull up, slow to 80K and let her
drop like a rock. If you plan it just right you got enough
speed to flare and land. Worked out perfect, made the second
turn off, and looked back to see the Airbuss on short final.
Taxied back to the hangar and was looking out the right side
to see the Airbuss go by on the runway. The jet used the
whole runway and turned off at the end of the runway. She
(female pilot) was told to yield to the experimental on the
Oh, the hurricane. I checked just now and
it looks like it will hit Key West and miss
our area. Darn hurricanes.