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Outstanding Glenn, the purpose, the honor, the images, very proud of you!
Apologies to both you and Eddie Ray for going awol yesterday. I shot all day Monday, Tuesday began at 4 so I could get walkways and drives soaked down for a predawn perspective, shot late into Tuesday night, came home and backed everything up. My head hit the pillow about 2, into the shower at 4:30 so I could head to Waco to meet Tom Horne from AOPA. Shot all day yesterday, through sunset, got back to Big D around 8:30, a meeting at IHop with JR on our venture and an upcoming trip, home, pillow, wash, rinse and repeat today and tomorrow.
The AOPA article is a main feature and will be a cover story. Tom is a great guy, we've worked together on a couple of features together, the last one being his Phenom 300 type rating. We rehashed his experiences at sim school because I have a different perspective on that, given upcoming acquisitions.
The article is on the Blackhawk folks (a new client!!!) and their conversions on a Cessna Caravan that will be heading to Australia shortly. The day started off with a flight to evaluate the newly powered airframe. We launched, I was stowing gear in the seat next to me and glanced out the window noticing our climb angle, about 60 degrees! On up to 10K to explore power settings, temps, TAS, and general handling. One maneuver we wanted to photograph was a skydive application, basically what happens after "jumpers away". I was wishing the Chandler, Hunter and Gracie were with me, because that was the biggest "tummy tickle" maneuver they are likely to experience. 60 knots, 20 degrees of flaps, flight idle, point the nose straight down. We were on the ground at a little uncontrolled field about three minutes later. Basically the Caravan is my 182 with a whole lot more power and seats. We saw 200 knots true at 10k, that's pretty good considering all the drag that's hanging off the big, boxy airframe. The Caravan with the "Oasis" interior would be a pretty cool ride for medium length missions, but no match for my upcoming PC12.