Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

The boss needed supplies flown to a gentleman at Sand Canyon 1S9 in Chewelah, WA so I volunteered. This is a quiet residential airpark tucked in the Okanagon foothills in Northeast Washington.

Oops, someone goofed. It's Thursday afternoon and someone forgot to order fabric and glue to get wings and control surfaces covered during the weekend. FedEx and UPS can't get the stuff delivered tomorrow for a reasonable fee so the boss asked someone to go to Spencer Aircraft and bring the suppli...

The flight from Yakima to Hood River and then south over I-5 was great at 8,500' MSL. While crossing the hills to get to the coast, things began to get bumpy. By the time I reached Bandon, the wind was blowing 22 and gusting 34 knots. This kicked my a$$ on final as my head took two solid hits to the...

This morning I felt adventurous and wanted to practice landing at different airports in a variety of settings and, really, see how many airports I can visit before my rumpus maximus was too sore to continue. I'm proud to say I made it to eight different airports. Yakima to Cle Elum to Ellensburg to...

This wasn't my first attempt at setting down in Packwood, but it was almost as harrowing as the first! This place has been on my list for a while and if at first you don't succeed at landing in Packwood, try, try again. So I did. Some words of advice for anyone unfamiliar with this strip: don't try...

The installation of an electric starter involved the removal of the air-oil separator, and this has proven disastrous in terms of oil blow-by. N11018 has become the Exxon Valdez of the skies. For those of you just tuning in, the air-oil separator on my Continental O-200 was mounted to the back of th...