Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recurrent Training and a rough trip home

This past weekend I went to Atlanta to visit an old friend (Bill) and to do some recurrent instrument training with one of my regular instructors (Trip) of Adventure Flight Training.

On the way up to Atlanta On Saturday, I had a pretty challenging flight dodging weather and landing into KRYY with a  900 FT ceiling.  
You can for yourself, in the video clip below:

But that seemed like just a warm up for the instrument work that Trip and I did the next day.  I was able to capture quite a bit of good video footage, which I hope to edit/ polish into some clean R9 instructional videos. 

But the real drama of the journey turned out to be the ride home.  First, there was a massive line of weather that was directly in my way.

This required a detour to the east over jacksonville.  Then I noticed the engine seemed to be riding a bit rougher and hotter than normal :-(

At first, I was not very concerned, and I just flew a little slower (65% power) to be safe. Then it started to sound worse and the #3 cylinder seemed dropped off of EGT gauge altogether! 

Now I was getting a little concerned.  Luckily, I was at 17500 FT, which meant I had plenty of time to figure out what to do.  I told the controller I was experiencing a rough riding engine but did not declare an emergency.  Instead, I slowed down even more (~45% power) and stayed as high as I could for as long as I could.   Finally, when I was about 80 miles from destination, I pulled the power to idle and began a steep descent. 

I landed using as little power as possible.  While it was not a true emergency, I definitely did breathe a huge sigh of relief as I taxied directly to the maintenance hanger!


  1. So have they figured out what the engine problem is yet?

  2. Luckily nothing major ... (Couple of spark plugs & partially clogged fuel line). The plane is already airworthy again!

  3. TJ

    Glad to hear minimum maintenance issues!


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