A beautiful sunny day in Vancouver yesterday and nothing on my work calendar so I took an afternoon off for a flight. Yesterday was a reminder of the some of the stuff nobody tells you about flying. For example:
- De-icing your aircraft (at least a fellow club member had flown earlier so it was only frost and not ice)
- Towing your 1700 lbs aircraft from its parking position by hand while scrambling for traction on an ice-covered ramp (no salt allowed on the ramp)
- Waiting for the combination of de-icing fluid and solar powered de-icing to make your airplane airworthy
- After numerous attempts, discovering that all your efforts are for naught because you can’t get the $@#%^@^!! plane to start
- Pushing your aircraft back to its parking position and putting everything back to bed without the satisfaction of an actual flight
Disappointment was me.
I love the simplicity of my flying club’s 60’s and 70’s vintage aircraft, but what I wouldn’t have done for a modern car-like starting experience yesterday.