My Wife doesn't get the same enjoyment out of flying as I do, she's tagged along probably 25 hours of the almost 400 on my RV. I've tried bribing with various destinations but she'd almost always rather stay home. When she asked me yesterday about flying to see her mom for her mom's Bday I was ON IT like white on snow.
Weather forecast was pretty decent the night before but it is February in Kansas, airplane prepped and plugged in the night before. It wasn't forecast in my vicinity but I was not surprised to see the Fog and low visibility while driving home from the mid-shift, seemed it was freezing fog by the looks of the treetops. We postponed departure 30 minutes to let the sun do it's thing.
After breakfast for me and lil' dude and Wal-Mart for the Wife we met at the airport where the updated TAF was proving the Fog was lifting. 10 miles of hazy visibility at takeoff and a tailwind at 1500' AGL. I'ld almost regretted putting in the carseat attatch points, almost. I've yet to use them hour for hour as long as they took me to build. Leaving home base.
Shortly after takeoff the pic off the wing was kinda hazy with the canopy fogged up after the ground ops, the Wife was not about to let me leave the canopy cracked.
The computer fans and avionics usually keep the windscreen clear.
Almost there and everyone is still smiling! Lil' dude was actually kinda stoked to ride in back, he's definitely going to out grow it before the baggage weight is exceeded.
I forgot my phone in the airplane so no pics of my super surprised and happy Mother In Law as we delivered Roses and homemade cinnamon rolls.....and a grandchild for her Bday.
After a 2 hour visit the airplane was still plenty warm upon our return. I learned to fly out of KSLN, Taxiway E was our go to taxi instruction from the ramp and still is. They've shortened the runway since to 12,301, E is about the halfway point. I wonder if the old unofficial record for the # of touch and go's on 17/35 has ever been broken...
Seems K-State 30 is slightly left of the center-line, students always want to skew it to their side. Kalitta Charter also in the background.
A little less ice than when we left, lil' dude dutifully raising the hangar door/lights and positioning the tail dragger dragger.
A wife that wanted to fly, a lil 'dude that always wants to fly along with a flyable day in February to surprise a Mother-In-Law, a tailwind both ways (2500' westbound and 11,500 eastbound) the RV turned a 6 hour drive into a 1.6 hour flight with a 2 hour visit before lunch for less gas than my deceased Carolla and made for a great day.