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Test Flight After 5 Months of Absence

It was a long annual inspection.
Before this test flight, I checked the logbook. My last flight was September 11, so the plane was not flown for five months and 7 days, as of Feb. 18/09, date of test flight.

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Am I nervous to fly the plane, which had been worked on so many things? Fuel lines, oil lines, turbo exhaust system and so on.
No, not quite. Even though I was more careful on pre-flight walk-around, I was no more scared than a usual flight.
I could not explain myself.

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As expected, there were some glitches. Initially some electrical problems; pitot heat, landing light and beacon didn't work, which were quickly resolved as the breakers were popped.
On flight ATC told us the transponder was not echoing. We found the unit itself was creeping out of the instrument panel! With limited tools, we tried to put it back into the slot in the air. Afterwards it looked all right physically. Yet, ATC's reply was still negative. It made our test flight a short duration.
by musoamane | 2009-02-20 01:35 | Flying