Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

The "new" T-hangar is pretty messy inside because all of the plastic sheeting that was hung on the beams to separate it from the neighboring T-hangars has biodegraded or degraded (or something). This stuff is awful. It looks like a white poly-plastic tarp, but when you touch it, it crumbles. I've ne...

Some sad news came across the Wittman Tailwind user group wire this morning. A fellow pilot was killed yesterday afternoon during the second flight of his W10 that he had spent several years building. The GA community always mourns at the loss of a pilot, but this one is especially sad for the Tail...

Good news for me... and for N11018. No more open field tie-downs at YKM. Someone relocated some of their planes into new hangars which means some old hangars became vacant and one of those hangars was offered to me so 018 will no longer sit outside in the sweltering heat and blistering cold. She's n...

I love my Tailwind, but after having flown it nearly 50 hours since August, there are some changes I really want to make to it.

  1. The airspeed indicator isn't accurate. I've confirmed this with two GPS units while flying with no wind. The ASI is always reading fast so all these approaches and la...

It was perfect weather for a flight today. No wind. Temps in the 50's. I attached the GoPro to capture the autumn scenery and also record how fast I could make a flight from Yakima to Sunnyside to Prosser to Sunnyside and back to Yakima. Three airports and four landings. Unfortunately, the camera pi...

It's been raining all day. Pouring, in fact. I didn't fly so I spent a bit of time online looking for stuff to improve the Tailwind's nonexistent electrical system. One of the previous owners of this Tailwind removed the electrical system in an effort to reduce weight. Eventually, I want to install...