Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

Today was the day. I barely slept last night because flying into Wittman Regional on Day 1 of Airventure isn't something you "just do". There's a 30-page NOTAM published with some pretty specific instructions on how arrivals should be conducted which includes mandatory instruction from ATC.

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According to some stories I was told, folks had difficulty flying in to Airventure 2018 because of poor weather with the visibility getting as low as 1 mile at throughout the day. This caused many pilots to rethink their Airventure 2019 travels by planning to arrive a day early and wouldn't you know...

Day 2 on my trip to Oshkosh. I woke up to a peaceful, quiet morning. No breeze to be felt. The sun was absent through a deck of scattered cumulus that extended as far east as I could see. I went to the pilot's lounge to brush my teeth and drink some coffee while checking the weather for the next leg...

Day 1 on my trip to Oshkosh. Crossing the Bitterroots was not fun. I had one hand gripping the crossmember and the other on the control stick, constantly correcting for all the turbulence. I landed in Three Forks, MT (9S5) for my first fuel stop. The windsock was pointed straight out, blowing about...

I depart for Oshkosh tomorrow and since my Tailwind was painted Cub Yellow by a business that builds Super Cubs, they said I should "represent" by having a Cub lightning bolt on the cowl. Nobody wanted to pay for a legitimate decal so this one was hastily fashioned in-house from black tape.

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Last fall, my new exhaust had an issue whereby one of the pipes cracked and completely separated a few inches from the engine block. Rather than weld it back together, I opted to come up with a new design. All four exhaust pipes were removed a rebuilt with ball joints. As of now, I've put almost...