Short Final 09

As long as we’re on the subject of airplanes, I had the good fortune to be invited for a flight aboard a Beechcraft Bonanza. It was a great day for flying, mostly blue skies overhead and light winds. After a jaunt about the area with a few stops for business purposes, we returned to our home airport. Here’s a POV on short final to Runway 09.

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The Bonanza is a stout aircraft. Less shoulder room in the cockpit than the Diamond DA-40 I usually fly. Still, with 300 horsepower up front, it’s a solid performer. Enjoy every flight.

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Diamond DA62

Diamond Aircraft paid a visit to my local airport to show off their new twin, the DA62.

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That’s a sleek looking aircraft to be sure. This model had the Garmin G1000 instrument panel, which is another handsome feature.

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Having used the G1000, I can say it has all the features that make flying that much easier, safer, and fun. Note the center control stick, which is rather unique these days. I’ve flown with both a yoke and a stick, actually prefer the stick. Even from the flip side, this airplane has lots of style as you see in the next photo.

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Here’s another perspective just for fun.

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It will be interesting to see how this airplane performs in the marketplace. There’s plenty of competition. Looking forward to a ride someday, too. Always do your checklist.

Pulling and Pushing

I haven’t seen one of these aircraft in a long time. There are two engines, but both on the centerline, one pulling and one pushing.

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And here’s a look at the aft engine between the tail booms:

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One of these days I have to go up in a plane like this. Would be interesting to experience the flying characteristics and see how it handles. Blue skies above, prepare for takeoff.

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Flying Time

Here’s some footage from a day out with a beautifully restored Piper Cub. Just got to the airport and opened the hangar door.

Was a great day for flying: light winds, clear sky, cool. And to think that aircraft was built in the late 1940’s is nothing short of amazing.