209 – Responses from Airline Pilots, and Finishing a Bonanza Annual


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But first… My friend and podcast listener, Chris Wieczorek, flew into SHD recently and we ate burgers for lunch. It was a win-win. I provided the ground transportation, and he bought lunch!

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The conversation was very inspiring to me, and Chris was kind enough to send more feedback later in an email, with some thoughts about the future of this podcast among other things.

Go ahead and listen to the audio for more of Chris’ thoughts.

Thank you Chris!

Oh, and he decided to go with the burger that is my wife’s favorite… the “Bacon ‘N Blue.” I stuck with my ‘ol favorite, the “Philly Cheeseburger.”

This episode also includes some concluding thoughts about this Bonanza:

Since I’m still working part time at Classic Aviation LLC, I’m able to continue with some selected maintenance like the annual inspection on this Bonanza.

I rolled it out of the shop the other day and did the post-annual engine runup. Here are some specific things I needed to check and why:

  • Check propeller for proper operation and no leaks (it was overhauled.)
  • Check prop heat for proper operation (new deice brushes and new heating elements on prop blades.)
  • Check alternator for proper operation (new alternator and drive coupling.)
  • Check analog RPM gauge (repaired broken ground wire connection.)
  • Check for no leaks at crankshaft seal (new seal was installed.)
  • Check the #2 EGT (a new probe was installed.)

Everything worked well, and the airplane is finished including the paperwork. Listen to the audio for more details.

In the second part of this episode, I shared the responses I received after sending out an email about the approach we flew into JFK recently. There were some really fun ones in there, including some airline pilots who have flown that very approach, the RNAV Z 13L approach into JFK. Thanks to everyone who sent feedback on that one!

Among the responses, Troy sent me a link for a great video to see what the “lead-in lights look like at night for that approach. Check it out:

Follow the lights to the runway! New York JFK 13L approach and landing!

Thanks Troy… that was super cool to see!

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