September 29, 2022 – Rejected Takeoff!!
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by fdorrin
3d ago
I really wasn’t flying much in September, other than on a few solo practice flights I did to exercise the oil and prepare for an upcoming Flight Review I’ve been wanting to do. As I was prepping the airplane for one such mission, I ran into Kevin at the airport. I had promised Kevin a flight on the PA30, and the stars happened to align on September 29th. I still owe Mr William Smith a nice flight, and I’ll make an effort to align the stars again. Kevin and I departed Wilmington and decided to do some local flying that included a stop at Easton for lunch. As it turns out, the restaurant there ..read more
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Aug 31, 2022 – Nathan Flies the PA30
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by fdorrin
1w ago
The last update blog I developed was back in August, so I’m going back to capture some of what has happened in the ensuing months. There was a bit of drama in late September, and you’ll get the details with that blog. Overall I’ve accumulated another 40 hours on the airplane into November, so there is a bunch we can talk about. In late August I flew my grandson Nathan, or rather, he flew me. Nathan is a senior in high school and thought he might want to be a pilot as a career. The first thing he noticed is that his 6′ plus frame had some challenges fitting into the PA30 business office. I did ..read more
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Aug 22, 2022 – Jet trips and N833DF cleanup
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by fdorrin
3M ago
Lancaster Aero: I’ve been vying for a position at the paint shop to address wear spots on the PA30. The image at left is a typical example, but there were also a few dings from maintenance and general usage. The plan was worked out with Kendall at Lancaster Aero, and included calling in August to find a random opening. The airplane would have to be painted outside, the weather would have to be perfect, and an opening would have to randomly appear. I wanted these guys doing the work, so I took a shot. I called on Monday the 8th and it was arranged I’d drop the airplane off that weekend. I did ..read more
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Jul 4, 2022 – N833DF Problem in Flight
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by fdorrin
4M ago
If you read my previous post just a few days ago, you’d know that I was just out to Pittsburgh for a jet trip that ended up canceled. I got home in time to see the July 1st fire works display in Chesapeake City, and prepared for the next opportunity to use my airplane to do jet trips on Monday. I’m using my airplane quite a bit, and even have another vacation flight planned for Florida when I get back from this next mission. N833DF was ready to go again, or so I thought as I launched out to Pittsburgh Monday around 2pm. The plan was to do a flight Tuesday; go see the Flight 93 Memorial on Wedn ..read more
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Jul 1, 2022 – Avidyne Continued, G280 Canceled Trip
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by fdorrin
5M ago
Avidyne Continued: I spoke with Todd at Lancaster Avionics yesterday. Even though Avidyne gave me a great explanation, Todd warned me that my troubles may not yet be over. He is concerned my GPS antenna may be of a very old vintage, and might continue to give me grief. I found the logbook entry for the initial antenna install logbook (before WAAS, so not the currently installed antenna), but I need to continue looking at the logs when I get home to find the WAAS antenna vintage. I’m not worried. If the antenna is old we’ll replace it asap and move on. While we are at it, I want him to also loo ..read more
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Jun 29, 2022 – G280, Altimatic IIIb, Avidyne, Lightspeed, ICOM
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by fdorrin
5M ago
Yesterday I visited a youth corrections center where my late older sister spent years of her life working in many capacities. Susan was well loved there; so much so that one of her charges became a key participant in painting a mural in her honor. My wife and I spent some time with the amazing people who work there protecting and directing children, and once again we were humbled by their love for Susan and for us. Flying N833DF and the Gulfstream G280: I’m getting allot of use out of my airplane this year. We’ve done multiple trips for fun and are just back from Mississippi where the engines ..read more
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Apr 5, 2022 – Weather Flying – Avidyne Cool Features
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by fdorrin
8M ago
I was just a little nervous about the annual for N833DF this year. With all the treasure I’ve put into this airplane, I was very much looking forward to sailing through another annual with no issues. I had put fresh engines, props, an upgraded Aspen, and the Avidyne IFD550 in there over the lat two years. Subsequently, I’ve enjoyed two years of uninterrupted reliable operation. Kudos to Paul and Ralph down at Phill-Air (33N) This years annual was completed with no unexpected squawks, which is what I’d been hoping for. Paul did suggest that I order two fuel boost pumps for next year, stating th ..read more
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Apr 4, 2022 – Retiree in Training
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by fdorrin
8M ago
Good Morning everyone! I’ve been gone for awhile, but I’m back now. It’s time to update you on what has been going on, and where my beautiful Twin Comanche is these days. To review; Back on Aug 19th, 2021 I had submitted my resignation letter to FlightSafety. At that time I stated ‘This was not an easy decision to make, but my wife and I would like to enjoy the successes we’ve worked for before we get too old to play. I can only do that if I take control of my own schedule.’ I knew if I kept working there I would not be able to travel or do the things that my wife and I had been planning ..read more
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Jan 8, 2022 – Winter Flight and a New Year
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by fdorrin
11M ago
I have actually retired from FlightSafety at the end of 2021. I am not out there looking for anything either, and getting used to the idea of not working for the first time since I was 14 years old. Now that weekly work schedules are a thing of the past, I have to learn how to do this retirement thing. It’s not coming natural to me, but Bev and I will figure it out. N833DF State of the Union Address Avionics Updates: In the past two years I have updated my Aspen to a ProMax, replaced my aging Garmin 530W with an Avidyne 550, repaired my radio stack structure, and ordered a new 30k$ autopilot ..read more
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Aug 25, 2021 – Summer Flying
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by fdorrin
1y ago
Catching You Up on my news since the last post. I have been busy with life and I haven’t been blogging much. That may change as I have more time, and you’ll see why in the next post. We launched a major update of our home on the C&D canal, which has absolutely dominated the scene is our house. After my wonderful father in-law and then mother in-law both passed away relatively recently, it was time to update a significant portion of our house. In order for that to happen, I had to move the Harley to my hangar and get into the habit of moving the cars around every morning to make a work spa ..read more
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