The day started at 4:00 AM when I got up and got ready to depart Indianapolis for South Carolina to get a real education talking with and then flying with John Collins. I have been using the Garmin GNS530W for over five years and did not know some features that John showed me. In pre-flighting the plane, he pointed out several items I need to attend to right away, including a fuel leak at the Number 4 Injector…… then we went flying. I got more education about how to configure and set up my plane to fly stabilized approaches….About 2:30 I departed Rock Hill Airport in South Carolina for Columbia, South Carolina, some 65 miles away.
As soon as I parked my plane on the ramp at Owens downtown airport in Columbia, South Carolina, I saw Rick Ott walking out to the ramp towards my plane. After the pleasantries, Rick dove into my plane with both hands and feet. More education…..he showed me how to pre-flight a turbo normalized plane, what to watch out for and how to look for problem areas. Then we went to Rick’s hangar and saw how he had set the problematic things up to fix the issues. Next, we went flying and there again, Rick gave me a real education. We tried out a few maneuvers, LOP operation and then headed back to the Owen’s downtown airport. Rick is a truly awesome person….he allowed me to take pictures of issues he had fixed and also exposed me to some things that I am sure will help me for years to come…. Rick also tutored and instructed me in the finer points of take off at Gross Weight and how to be careful and what to watch out for…..Thank you Rick ! I will bug him again in the future to learn more…..
I flew a total of 8 hours today and was it grueling as ever. Due to the hectic pace, I could not get anything to eat all day. By the time I landed in Birmingham, Alabama….I was dead beat….but all in all, it was a very successful and satisfying day….I learned a lot and I am sure all of this education will be of significant help when we fly around the world…..