We’re currently in sunny Palm Springs California, having spent the previous evening in Santa Fe.
Our route of flight the day before yesterday took us down to Crystal (MSP) to pick up some gas, then through central Nebraska, Kansas, down to Dalhart TX. We headed west to Las Vegas NM in the dark, landing in Santa Fe around 7pm.
On the first day, the flight was pretty boring, we were over a thin layer of scuz most of the trip down so there was nothing to see.
Headwinds were strong the entire ride, we were seeing high 170s KTAS at 6500ft. We did an extra gas stop because of the winds, and found that the AOPA is somewhat liberal in their definition of “24 hour gas service.” While the people in Kearny KS are very friendly, it’s basicly an ag strip where nobody lives in the winter. We found a phone number inside a trailer and called for gas…about two hours later we were airborn again.
When the engine is ice cold, it REALLY needs a lot of priming. I was starting to get worried that we’d be spending the night in nowhereland.
Made it into SAF last night, the pleasant controller was on duty and parked it at Santa Fe Jet Center. Very nice people.
Yesterday, we got out to the airport and the boost pump was inop. Simple electrical problem (couple of pins had pulled loose in a connector) and we were on our way by noon. Zeke at the Jet Center and Mike Busch on the phone did a great job of getting us going ASAP.
Departing SAF, the world famous “not-as-nice” controller was on duty doing both combined ground/tower. He put us behind a bunch of IFR traffic that had 30 minute delays, didn’t answer our calls, didn’t answer 3/4 of the calls other people made, etc etc. Hopefully he’ll be run out of town or learn to manage his flows better. Until then, I would suggest getting the ATC duty schedule for SAF and don’t fly when he’s on.
Walt and I headed west to the battleship Sedona yesterday. Flew over the Meteor crater, got lots of good pics. Saw >185 KTAS at 10.5. Light to moderate turbulence.
The 22 just slices through the turbulence. If we were in a spam can, we would have gotten bounced pretty hard.
Spent the night last night in sunny Palm Springs. The wx between here and home sucks and is forecasted to continue to suck for the next 2 days, so I think we’re going to leave the plane here and drive home, then pick it up later this week.