This New Years Eve will be one I will not forget in my lifetime. We had a pretty rough storm that hit on the 30th and I spent the day at the Wasilla Airport adding rope to my tiedowns, parking my F350 in front of the plane as a little added insurance and then hanging around the airport and my instructors hanger wishing I was out flying. Well yesterday that did a 180 degree flop. I awoke to 3-5kt winds at wasilla, not a cloud in the sky and the 40 deg temps decide to hang around even with the clear skys.
I was at the airport and had my plane fueled up, preflighted and taxied over to my instructors hanger just as the light started hitting the ramp.
What followed was the most enjoyable flight I have had to date. We took off and headed north to Willow and its very taildragger friendly groomed snow runway. I nailed three silky smooth landings and then Bill told me to pull off on the taxiway. I had a gopro camera mounted on the dash and you should have seen the goofy grin on my face as I pulled off the runway and let him out.
After that I nailed three more and picked Bill back up and we were off for the return trip to Wasilla. Cant think of a better way to spend New Years Eve!
Climbing out of Wasilla getting ready to turn downwind and head to Willow.
The same shot climbing just a little quicker and lighter out of Willow!
And the final result!