Flying for a living has been my objective for quite a long time. Passionate about everything that flies, I am especially amazed by the beauty of the Old Lady, the DC-3. This year I will be even more fond of Her as she will transport our Team around the World.
Leaving my Airbus A320 job twice this year to join the wonderful Team of Breitling for an exquise travel through time and memories. Let's fly Grand ol' Lady, show me the World
lundi 29 mai 2017
Fukushima to Sendai, our base for the next 7 days
After checking out from Hamatsu Hotel, we made
our 40 minutes drive to Fukushima airport, where we loaded the rest of our stuff.
We also did a briefing with the Bonanza pilot to make sure we all
understand what to do and when. It has been decided to do two low passes over
the airport and then back towards the north for Sendai. Unfortunately today was
a windy day and it was quite bumpy flying low with our great DC-3, our poor
stomach had to deal with it anyway ! The good thing is that we were able
to overfly the airport as planned and do some great photo shots of the rice
fields around Koriyama.
Once we landed in Sendai we refueled our airplane
directly and Paul repaired an oil temperature connector who failed and gave us
an incorrect (or actually no) reading of the left engine oil temperature. An
easy way of not having tons of tools in your pocket is to have this little
tool, called the « Snoopy Tool » for an obvious reason !
While Paul did his job, I looked at the
IFR/VFR procedures to use over the Pacific Ocean in order to comply exactly
with the Custom requirements. It is very easily forgotten how much bureaucracy
is needed for such flights, especially when you cross a border and you’re
flying with an airplane that could maybe not even climb high enough to
establish correct communication between ATC and us! So we will have to
make sure we are awaited and not shot down over the Pacific ! Here are
some flight preparation pictures.
The problem of having a strange sense of humor always puts me into bizarre situations...I was unfortunate enough to be outside today and got hit on finals by an Airbus A300...
Time is to go for dinner now, but before this, a group picture taken with my new selfie stick, what a revolution ;-)
Paul, Francisco, Mr. Isa, our DC-3 and myself!
Today is an easy day for me but a busy one for
Paul. He has to do some maintenance on the exhausts of our left engine, engine
number 1. Some leaks were found from the collector and although this isn’t
dangerous at first, if you have a fuel leak from the same place and have very
hot gases close to it then it can become a very bad day. So better fix it now
while time permits. You can see Paul doing his work
This is the old exhaust, that needs some repair.
When we fly on the tour, we need to make sure everyone can follow us on our daily trips across the World. For that reason, we have a Spot satellite tracking system that we must turn on before each flight, except local flights. This is what it looks like under the blue sky here in Sendai.