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THE AUTHOR with wife and lifetime co-pilot,
Toni, are shown at right as they disembark
in Chino, California (CNO), after the threeday four-stop flight from York, Pennsylvania (THV), to celebrate the impending
arrival of their first granddaughter. The decision to disassemble the twin followed at
the end of 2011. The fuselage was stripped
and trailered for the 170-mile trip to Griggs
Aircraft Refinishing in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania (below). Note the false (wooden)
spar and swivel trailer jack. To facilitate
painting, the fuselage was supported by
the two trailer jacks and a tail stand, just
part of the complexity of painting a disassembled aircraft.

Twenty-one miles away in Thomasville,
Pennsylvania, N8000, the Piper Twin Comanche I have
owned for 29 years, awaited its own return to flight.
The term of its nonflying mirrored my own. Coming
out of disassembled storage, it waited for an annual
inspection and its pilot.
My instructor that day was Barbara George of
Cumberland Valley Aviation. Spying me as she and
her student returned, walking through the open hangar doors, she gave me a clipboard and keys, and told
me where to find the Cherokee we would be using;
told me to go preflight; and gave me instructions where
to find engine oil and how much to add if any should
be needed. George would prove to be energetic, professional, and willing to challenge an experienced but
lapsed pilot.
I found the Cherokee, retrieved the checklist from
the pilot's sidewall pocket, and did the walk-around,
item by item. It had been 13 years since I had flown a
single and probably twice as long since I had flown a
Cherokee. Because of this, all the checklists that day
would be done as a " read and do " process. I longed for
the smoother " do and review " panel flows from my
airline days-appropriate when the same airplane is
flown frequently. In the Cherokee, I read " fuel selector, " located it, studied, and confirmed its selection
before responding " set to fullest tank. " It was like using
a map to get around a city one had known perfectly in
an earlier phase of life-necessary but awkward.
The actual flying felt more natural than doing the
checklists. George and I got airborne, went out to the
practice area, and did steep turns, a stall series, turns
about a point-all the things you would expect to get
reacquainted with flying. The Cherokee billowed on
thermals and settled in their absence. Two degrees of
pitch change at 100 knots would neither check a billowing rise nor save a sinker. I adjusted. George asked
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