|Date||Aircraft||Route of Flight||Time (hrs)||Total (hrs)|
|11 Mar 2014||N21481||SDC (Sodus, NY) - local||0.9||1250.6|
Ten years ago today, I stood on the concrete apron of a regional airport in Oklahoma while bathed in warm springtime sunlight and spoke words into a cell phone that made me an aircraft owner.
Ten years ago.
I struggle with a dichotomy of feelings about this. At times, I have a sense that the airplane has always been a part of our family. Yet memories of its purchase are so strong that, surely, they cannot be a decade old.
The tale of how my 1979 PA-28-161 Warrior II came into the family can be read here.
When I reached the hangar in Williamson, I discovered two Warriors within; the real airplane and a phantom version reflected in the mirror-like flood water encroaching under the door. The flood resulted from an abrupt thaw that occurred while the nearest drain was blocked by ice.
Still, Warrior 481 and I made a brief local flight together, doing some steep turns, stalls, and other airwork along the way to commemorate a decade of adventure.
Over the last ten years, I've logged 1077 flight hours (86% of my total flight time) in Warrior 481. This ship has been our magic carpet to twenty different states, maintaining connections with friends and family, and conveying us to places both remote (mountains, islands) and metropolitan. We've landed at high traffic airports and quiet grass strips. Warrior 481 has been a good compromise for our missions: a "go someplace" airplane also happy to fly local "low and slow" flights, inexpensive and simple to maintain and operate, and a stable instrument platform.
Ten years... Wow.