A Maintenance Flight For Everyone

This is a story that includes two short wing Pipers, a fairly stiff crosswind and geese. But I’ll get to all of those things as the post unfolds.

My friend, John (owner of 1957 Piper Tri-Pacer) needed to pick up his plane after its annual inspection at the Vinton Veteran’s Memorial Airport (KVTI). It’s only about 14NM from our home airport (KIIB), so it’s a simple mission, but the airplane had been sitting awhile and a mission of any kind was definitely in order.

John’s First Pacer Ride

In addition to the mission at hand, it was also John’s first Pacer ride. Crazy to think we’ve gone since 2012 without getting him in the Pacer, but such is life, I guess.

John was instrumental in helping us find the “right” Pacer and helping sort through the buying process. It was fun to give him a ride in the aircraft in which he also invested time and energy!

John captured our arrival at KVTI. Still some snow on the ground. Photo by John Moes.
John captured our arrival at KVTI. Still some snow on the ground. Photo by John Moes.

We both get our maintenance done at KVTI as the mechanic there is knowledgable about short wing Pipers.

Heading Back to IIB

After John got the debrief on his airplane and completed his preflight, we pointed our little Pipers back to home base.

N7371K warming up and going through pre-takeoff checklist. Photo by John Moes.
N7371K warming up and going through pre-takeoff checklist. Photo by John Moes.

It was a somewhat blustry day and definitely a chill in the air. Since we were on the ground for a fair amount of time, we had to let the engines warm up. Flying in the winter in Iowa… always an adventure!

N7371K departing KVTI on runway 16. Clawing for the sky! Photo by John Moes.
N7371K departing KVTI on runway 16. Clawing for the sky! Photo by John Moes.

About Those Geese…

Upon arriving back at Independence, we found ourselves in a battle for the airfield. It was us vs. a huge flock of geese. I believe John and I both executed two go-arounds before they finally moved away from the airport. We got in safely and then the geese made one more pass just to let us know who owns the airspace.

There isn’t a ton of wildlife around the Independence airport, but we do have occasional deer, jack rabbits and yes… geese.

After we landed safely, the geese made one more pass.
After we landed safely, the geese made one more pass.

Another Successful Mission

It’s always good when we can get the airplane out and about during the winter months. Between schedules and weather, it can be a real challenge during winter to keep the airplane in the air.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming season change (spring!) and doing a lot more flying. Many new trips are currently planned… stay tuned!

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