It was a perfect summer day here in the Northwest. Blue, blue skies, a light northwest wind, and visibility forever. After I received word that the Student Prince was finally airworthy after having a new fuel tank installed and its annual inspection completed, I insisted we drive straight from the coast to the hangar. After a thorough preflight and much anticipation, my husband gave the prop a twist while I sat in the rear cockpit holding the brakes, and the Kinner engine came to life. So did the Prince. I felt immediately centered, calm and happy as I taxiied out and marveled at how automatic every input is for me in that airplane. I have been flying it for well over half my life, I guess it should be!
After rolling only a few hundred feet, the Student Prince leapt off the runway and seemed to be as happy as I to be flying again. It ran perfectly, and I am still smiling. Looks like everything is tracking for Ohio!