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Cardinal Flying

Posted by Aaron Harrington on November 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Hello faithful followers. I appologize for not posting in a long while, but i've been busy! Yeah yeah, likely excuse, but its true. I bought an airplane, got married, started my Instrument training, and now its 'the holidays.' Any free time that I have had, has been focused on either my photography, studying for my instrument written test, or actually flying!

I wanted, however, to give an update on my 'new' airplane. I am thoroughly enjoying being an aircraft owner. The Cessna Cardinal is one terrific airplane and although I have yet to really utilize its cross country prowess (aside from a flight to NYC) it is a good "burning holes in the sky" airplane as well. We've (the co-owners and myself) have been keeping track, and the plane averages 7.5-8 gallons/hr in a 'tooling around' power setting (21" and 2300 rpm...ish) But it does have some get-up-and-go if you decide to push 23" and 2400rpm, you'll burn just ever so slightly under 10gallons/hr doing 120+kts. The Piper Arrow III at Harford can out run us, but we also dont have 200 HP either ;-)

Well, tomorrow is my first trip into the SFRA with it and I am super excited, because I am going to visit my friend Cyrus, another airplane nut! Supposed to be beautiful weather! I hope to make a short post soon on my trip to NYC up the Hudson River. I learned a lot from that trip and I have a lot of good pointers for people that are thinking about doing it sometime soon. Until then, Happy Flying!

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