Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

One of the nice things of owning an airplane is that on days like today you can decide spur-of-the-moment to fly to places such as, oh, Mount Rainier! And if that airplane is a Wittman Tailwind you can do it fast and cheap (relatively speaking). So that's where I flew to today, around Mount Rainier....

The weather was good today so I spent a half hour working on my wheel landings. Nothing too exciting, but I am getting the feel for it and I like how the videos turned out. I had the airspace all to myself so the tower let me do abbreviated patterns which means one landing about every three minutes...

I've been an aircraft owner for three weeks now, but haven't been home long enough to take the Tailwind for an enjoyable flight since returning from my KY-to-WA cross country. After missing out on some beautiful weather yesterday and the day before, I decided that today I'm getting up early and maki...

Wow, I was tired. I slept in til 8am. Granted, I had only slept about 8 hours total in the previous two days and I gained (or lost) an hour because this was Mountain Time, but I still wanted to be in the air by 9am. During the night, another pilot made his way into the lounge and slept on the other...

Here's what I learned last night: the inside of a Wittman Tailwind is not a good place to sleep. I'm five-foot-tenish, but even if I was four-foot-zeroish I still don't think it would have been a good place to sleep.

I'd like to say I woke up bright and early at 6:30 AM (sunrise) just as planned,...

The stop at Mexico Memorial was about an hour. Long enough to fuel up, drain, take a picture, check email (the pilot's lounge at this airport is really nice with comfortable furniture and wi-fi), and drain again. Total time on the ground was less than an hour and before I knew it, I was looking do...