So the other evening, I went out to check on my plane and maybe take it up for a short hop. I noticed that the tires seemed to be a bit low on air. Fortunately, our nice FBO sent a guy out with an air tank so that I--not he--could inflate the tires to the proper 30psi +/- a pound (rears, 31, front 29).
Not a problem, I thought...until I got down next to the wheels and realized that the valve stems were behind and covered by those nifty aerodynamic wheel pants--the ones that allegedly give me an extra 3 knots or so of airspeed.
Now the front wheel fairing actually has a slight notch in it that lines up with the valve and makes it much easier to get at. Why the rears do not have this is beyond me, but the next time I get out there with my dremel tool, you can bet your ass that they will!
This little adventure really made me appreciate how hassle-free it used to be to fly the rental planes. And when I mentioned this to the FBO guy, he replied: "And that's why our rental planes don't have those fairings on the wheels."
@#$%*& at whoever designed those wheel pants. Seriously.
But I finally did get aloft for a bit.
Flying up the Shenandoah River, here's West Virginia's famous "Bridge to Nowhere", centerpiece of a Robert Byrd program to turn little Route 9 across the state's two easternmost counties into a 4-lane highway.
Aaron...get down here and let's see where those go!
And speaking of caverns and quarries, here's nearby Bakerton quarry. It has some major caverns that go down several hundred feet.
But it's now all closed to diving since one guy accidentally killed himself there way back in 1994. Of course in my mind, "closed to diving" just means "have to sneak in at night", right, Aaron? Note the little people on rafts in the mouth of one of the tunnels.
I still love my plane. Even with those @#$%*& wheel pants.