With Wings As Eagles: Craig P. Steffen's Blog

The new member of the (vehicle) family

2012 November 16 13:02

I'm typing this, via ssh, on Delta flight 2348 from KSLC to KDTW. I uploaded the photos earlier so I wouldn't have to upload them from the plane.

I took hundreds of photos of the potentially new airplane while I was looking at it, for documentation purposes and for my own interest. HOwever, I didn't want to post anything in case the deal got cancelled. Since the money's transferred and the plane is mine, for better or worse. So here are a quick selection of photos for those of you who are interested. There will more later with better text when I'm not composing on an airline tray table.

I don't have a lot of overall shots because I was mostly taking photos of details. Here are a couple:

The nose is awfully shiny...maybe I should call it "Rudolph"? :-)

The asymmetric formation of the accessories below the propellor is characteristic of the early Mooneys. Oil cooler on the left (nearer the camera), landing light over on the right, with the air intakes in the middle.

One more overall shot; this is the seller taxiing in and parking the airplane at my mechanic's.

I'm an instrument panel guy. Here's a shot of the pilot's IFR 6-pack.

And the rest of the panel, on the ground.

And here are shots I took from the passenger's seat on our test flight.

I probably won't be flying it home until early to mid-December, so more pictures then.

Not today, my good man. I think I'm going to buy it.

2012 November 14 11:22

I've been interested in aviation all my life. AFter getting a professional job in 2002, I got interested in it again because I could conceivably get a pilot's license. I started training in 2006 and had my private license in 2007. I've debated frequently with myself about whether to buy an airplane, and which one. That saga is another post. That speculation is over, however; I now own a real live airplane.

I will post lots and lots and lots of stuff on this topic. However, for the curious, here's a brief timeline.

Yesterday, Tuesday November 13: Bank has paperwork from me and seller. My wife (thanks darling!) wires rest of deposit to bank. Bank gets insurance information from my agent. At 3:08pm mountain time (where I am) I get a text from the seller saying that the funds have transferred and the airplane is mine. w00t!