Starting in the spring of 2015, while my airplane was undergoing its annual inspection, I set myself a flight hours goal for the “year” of flight. By that, I mean the year’s worth of time between FAA-required annual inspections. This is the time between April 16, 2015 (when I got my airplane back from its annual) and April 18, 2016 (when my airplane is scheduled for its next annual).
My goal for the “year”: fly at least 100 hours and land at at least 10 new destinations before the airplane’s next required annual inspection. What follows is the status of the 2015-2016 flying year’s progress to goal.
I landed at the following new locations:
- ORS – Orcas Island, Eastsound WA
- W28 – Sequim WA
- OKH – Eisenberg, Oak Harbor WA
- SFF – Felts Field, Spokane WA
- S59 – Libby MT
- Banks Lake, Grand Coulee WA
- 3W7 – Grand Coulee WA
- S10 – Lake Chelan WA
- Ross Lake, North Cascades WA
- VUO – Vancouver WA
- D28 – Priest Lake ID
- EPH – Ephrata WA
- ELN – Bowers, Ellensburg WA
- UIL – Quillayute WA
- S18 – Forks WA
- 56S – Seaside OR
- AST – Astoria OR
- MMV – McMinnville OR
This was a great year of flying. It included a Gigglefest that included Libby MT, Grand Coulee WA, and Ross Lake. It included a flight out to Priest Lake for a seaplane fly-in/splash-in weekend. We visited Vancouver airport for the first time.
In terms of goals, I met all of them. I logged just a tad over 100 hours before dropping the airplane off for its annual.