Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:38 pm by Darryl
My airplane has been in the shop for a couple of weeks getting a minor overhaul of one cylinder (among other things). It was ready to fly today. After a “top end” overhaul, the engine manufacturer specifies a break-in program that involves several hours of continuous flying while sequencing through a series of power settings. That’s how I spent three hours of my afternoon.
After circling Arlington (WA) Airport for 45 minutes to ensure the engine would hold together, I flew north to the Skagit Valley and followed the Skagit River east toward Concrete, WA, then headed south toward Darrington, WA, and then west following the north fork of the Stillaguamish river back near Arlington. (Here is the approximate route.)
Flying just south of Concrete, WA, here is the view of Mt. Baker (on the left), Lake Shannon (foreground) and Lake Baker (upper right).
(Oh…and thanks to Dave for transporting me to Arlington this morning.)