I tried twisting the key in the ignition one more time. All we could hear was a clicking sound and the propeller refused to budge. “It might need a jump start, likely the battery is dead,” said Ed from the flight school. A quick jumpstart later, Linda and I proceeded with the pre-flight.
“Avionics On”. The MFD flashed and died. I could hear sputtering and noises which sounded like electrical shorts and the alternator CB re-setted. The noises were unsettling and I turned off the engine.
We were back to square one. Another jumpstart later, we were given the option, you can fly but don’t stop anywhere.
This was not the first attempt for Linda and I. We had tried a similar scenario without the jump start on New Year’s Day. The second and third attempt to CGE were aborted due to high winds. Today was a glorious February day, a little unusual for this time of the year. With temperatures reaching almost 60 degrees. It was perfect to kick off the flying season.
An hour later, Linda and I, later than planned, headed off in the next available 172. Spoiled by the G1000, we had to switch back to re-learning the VOR system. How were we going to identify IRONS intersection? I hadn’t flown a carbureted engine in a while. Luckily it felt almost like riding a bicycle. With checklists and POH to aid us, we headed out, happy to be back in the air.
Arriving at CGE, we found the dc99s and sugarloaf99s, already there enjoying an excellent lunch at Kay’s. Several aircraft had departed from FDK, HEF and FME and arrived at CGE. Kay’s at the Airport proved a quaint restaurant. Serving drinks in bottles I normally use to store stuff and extra large bowls for fresh salads. No vegetarian option for a sandwich (I wonder why?) but an excellent vegetarian wrap to satisfy my $100 vegeXXX needs. After a delightful lunch, it was time to head back. We traced our path back
CGE. WHINO. IRONS.HEF
We could see the Capitol building and Washington monument off in the distance as we made our way back to HEF. With the mild winter weather conditions, it was good to be in the air much sooner than anticipated. An excellent start to the flying season this year!