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Flyvetur i bjergene i en Cessna 172 SP / G1000

Har vaeret ude og flyve her i weekenden. Jeg har skrevet en lille rapport til nogle amerikanske pilot venner, og jeg taenkte jeg lige ville dele historien med jer:

Unfortunately I had to cancel on joining the (red: microsoft) fly-out saturday – I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t seem to pan out for most. Better luck next try. But I still managed to have a great day flying. I did have to cancel on the flyout, since I wanted to get into flying the G1000 without the instructor. I haven’t flown the G1000 since I took Northway’s G1000 class last year, and took the required dual flights then, so now it was time, but the trip to TMK in a G1000 was a little on the pricey side.


Instead I planned a shorter trip and along with me, I brought Mark Brad and his son Ty. I had a debt to be paid after last years fly-out to Shelton, where he footed the bill, and it its nice to have that extra set of eyes with you so one can look outside while the other looks inside at the mesmerizing array of gadgets.


I had been wanting to do a loop of the mountains (Arlington, Darrinton, Concrete) for a while (see picture)


We arrived at Paine around 11, and immediately spotted some low scud hanging around the west and north of Paine – pretty much the same stuff that kept everyone else on the ground longer than planned. But it burned off while we finalized the plans and got 1152Z preflighted, so it we were airborne before noon.


We immediately got a taste of what the TAWS can do for you, because it got busy calling all the traffic in the pattern. That is nice, but also more of a distraction in the pattern where you already know about the traffic. Immediately out of the pattern it did helps us spot someone coming from the direction of harvey so we could pass behind him.


Once things had quited down on the traffic front it was time to try out the auto pilot. 1152Z is equipped with a Bendix/King KAP 140, which apparently had earned its nickname Crap-140 supported by the fact that Cessna no loger ships the G1000 airplanes with it anymore speaks to its problem. But lo and behold, this one actually did everything we asked of it. No mater if we slaved it to the heding or to the nav mode, it did the job perfectly. We got it set up to intercept our cruise altitude (3500) and it did it smoothly – so smoothly, that I only noticed we had intercepted by the sound of the enginning revs going up (mental note, using an autopilot doesn’t absolve me from my duty of keping an eye on it).


Dialing back the power to the cruise setting we neared the #2 waypoint, where we turned into the canyon/valley. It is just so awsome flying with the peaks gliding by over you as leasurely make you way. Wwe had gooten very lucky with the weather, because everything has burned off so we had severely clear flyin, but we could see all the rising clouds standing tall not very far veyong our route (where the real mountains starts).


It was a spectacular sight, and the fact that the auto pilot off loaded me enough that I could spend more time enjoyig the view was very nice. I just had to fiddle with the heading know and the airplane went where Ih ad pointed it. Pretty awesome. Of course e both forgot a camera, so we cant share the sights, I aologize, but urge you to go your self.


Once we turned north I decided to climb a bit to gain more altitude for gliding in case of an engine out. The terrain around wpt 5 just before we reached Concrete did look to narrow in a bit more, and with the lack of dcent “outs” climbing seems the prudent thing to do. Of course that put me way high near concrete, so we used the altitude to over fly the field looking for the sock. We did call on the ctaf, but nobody was flying that day, so we reled on ye olde winsock for a landing directions.  Never mind the fact that the G1000 already knew where the wind was blowing but I like windsocks to confirm it, and sure enough we had a 10 knots wind straight down runway 25. I would imagine that his is a place where turbolence thrives and a crosswind can become a difficult playmate, but got lucky and didn’t have any problems whatsoever.


Concrete Municipal is snuggled in between the mountains ,and for a lowlander like my self that of course affects me, so I guess I made my first lap in the pattern too close to the airport and of course I had to execute a go-around. No big deal but it does put you close to the granite than what your used to and it made for some very different sights. ANywho, in second attemtp we got down with no problems. The runway looked like they had just finished the re-paving. It was crisply black and the numbers so white it was almost blinding.  Very nice. The “apron” is ….. small J It had one plane tieddown, and with ours, we filled it up the paved parking spots. There is till room so you could taxi to the grass, and I guess you could park there too, just do iit out of the way because the grass serves as taxi from the hangars.


Once down and secured we took a bit of a walk to a pizza place we had bing’ed. In fact according to Bing, Dex and other sources, this wa supposedly the only reastaurant in town. Not so, there were plenty of small places you can eat closed than the 1 mileswe walked to Annies Pizza. Maybe they ust stay open for the sumemr season and that is why they don’t show up in serches, but in fact there were several places you could eat. Some loooked a little disreputable, but others like the lodge looked quite ok – form the outside at least.  Any who, Annies pizza was good – served the 100$ pizza craving well.


Back on the airport, in search of a bathroom I found the pilots lounge. I did recall something about Concrete having a fly-in, I looked around in  the nice big pilot lounge (a house really) and found that it was in the third weekend of july. If memory servces me right, they even have a small museum of airplanes up there. We missed that, and I woul definetly try to get back up there at the fly in. Could be a really neat little place to go for that. We both wondered where the park the airplanes for that event, but they probably have that figured out J


We didn’t stay around for long, but got back In the air and headed back to Paine. Played around with the auto pilot and practiced altitude intercepts and played with G1000’s ability to tell us all the stuff you’d need to know (and plenty more). Time quickly passed and the auto pilot got  us all the way back and only disengaged it when I was on downwind. Pretty darn cool I thought.


Anyway, all for the this Sunday. Hope yoou all had some memorable flights – I know I did.


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