A dear friend of mine with a PA32, also known as the Piper 6X, lends me his airplane whenever I’m in need of a little flying fix. This flight was a return trip from Lewisburg, WV (KLWB) to Danville, VA (KDAN) after taking my special lady friend on her first $100 hamburger run.
This second video starts holding short of runway 22 at KLWB. You’ll hear me give my takeoff briefing explaining what actions I’ll be taking in the event of any emergency during departure including how I’ll fly if we lose the engine during climb out. My IFR flight plan was for 5,000ft direct from KLWB to KDAN, although my issued clearance was for a climb to 7,000ft, presumably due to the mountainous terrain and the minimum vectoring altitude for that area.
Tower clears me for takeoff from runway 22 on course. After takeoff, and at 700ft above ground level, I make a left turn direct to Danville, VA (KDAN). As we climb out and level off, I talk my passenger through choosing an emergency landing spot by looking for roads and fields below us and we decide the interstate below us is our only viable option. I also explain how I am searching for other aircraft traffic both visually outside and using the Avidyne traffic equipment.
In addition to air traffic control communication, you’ll hear me talk through my check list items, as well as verbalizing all of my actions and decisions so my passenger (not a pilot) understands everything that is going on. The video ends during cruise portion of the flight but captures about the first 13 minutes after takeoff and includes some nice visuals of flying over the Blue Ridge mountains.
Please pardon the following amateur video mistakes: I forgot to clean the windscreen and I forgot to turn off the camera’s built in image stabilization which caused some rolling on the screen.
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Clear Skies & Calm Winds,
Len @ ThePilotReport.com