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AROUND THE PATCH BY JILL W. TALLMAN

Technical Editor JILL W. TALLMAN flew her
182 to North Carolina, Ohio, and Missouri last
year, and hopes to add Maine and New York
to the list in 2020.
jill.tallman@aopa.org

WELCOME HOME, OPAL

Once you are checked out in a new-to-you airplane, you need to
take it somewhere to really get to know it. In September 2019
I decided to take N799BS, a 1978 Cessna 182, from Maryland to
Missouri and back.
I'd joined the 182 partnership in May 2019 and was formally checked out in July,
but the airplane still felt a little unfamiliar. I wanted to stretch my legs with a nice,
long cross-country. I even had a mission: I was going to fly from Maryland to Missouri
pick up Opal, a dog that would be joining my family.
Frederick, Maryland, to Fredericktown, Missouri, is 650 nautical miles in a
straight line, or a little more than five hours by Cessna 182. I planned to head to
Sikeston, Missouri, and stop overnight there. The next morning, I'd zip over to
Fredericktown-just 55 nautical miles from Sikeston-collect the dog, and fly
back to Maryland. Breaking up a long trip over a couple days is one of many ways
you can manage risks associated with flying-in this case, the risk of fatigue from
trying to do too much flying in one day.
Another way to manage risk is to share flying legs, so I asked a pilot friend to
come with me. Ferdi Mack and I had flown AOPA's Sweepstakes 172 from Camarillo,
California, to Frederick, Maryland, in 2015. We get along great in the cockpit, and
Ferdi has a ton of experience in 182s. I also wanted his take on flying behind a constant-speed propeller-something that still seemed a bit unwieldy to me.
We launched on September 9 into perfect weather, and the 182 hummed along
over the Pennsylvania and Ohio landscape. It's a joy to fly a well-trimmed airplane in
smooth morning air, no autopilot needed, and just a light touch on the yoke to keep
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you headed in the right direction. We
stopped in Portsmouth, Ohio, for French
toast, bacon, and avgas.
We landed at Sikeston in late afternoon. The day was warm; the pattern was
quiet. The FBO gave us a ride to our motel,
and then we walked about a half-mile to
Lambert's Café for dinner. Lambert's is
your one-stop shop for "throwed rolls" and
barbecue; the wait staff will literally pitch
hot rolls across the room to diners. In the
gift shop I found a T-shirt with an airplane
on it. The woman at the cash register
said the Lamberts still have that airplane,
which looks to be a Piper Cub.
The next morning's flight from
Sikeston to Fredericktown was only 25
minutes. We touched down at H88, A.
Paul Vance Fredericktown Regional Airport. Like many small-town GA airports,
the name is longer than the runway. It
was quiet here, too. The airport attendant was curious as to why we were
there. When I explained, he said, "Long
way to come for a dog."
It was a long way to come for a dog. I
could have made the trip without general
aviation-but who wants to drive 14 hours
one way? Instead, I made it an enjoyable
flight in the 182, working with the Aspen
primary flight display, managing the
constant-speed propeller, and keeping an
eye on the cylinder head temperatures
with the JP Instruments engine monitor-
another new-to-me gadget. I got to play
with the autopilot and the StormScope,
although since this flight the partnership
removed the StormScope and installed a
Garmin G5 backup attitude indicator.
And Opal, the dog? She traveled like a
pro in the back seat.
There's nothing like a long cross-country to explore an airplane's idiosyncrasies.
If you can find a mission to complement
the trip, even better-but by all means, take
the trip anyway. FT



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