Leg 2: Logbook
. . >> story continues from Leg 1: Suit Up
airplane comes to a bouncy stop. You check the clock on the
instrument panel. You are ahead of schedule, landing at 12:25
p.m. It is lunchtime, but you must see to your airplane before
you can take a break. It feels great to stretch after sitting
in that rattling, noisy, windy cockpit for over 3 hours and
back to North Platte!" shouts Mechanic Mike in greeting.
"How was the first leg of your flight?"
complaints, the airplane ran steady," you reply, "but
I almost had a run-in with a pesky flock of birds!"
hit you, I hope. I will give the airplane a good look over
since you are doing well on time," says Mike.
would be grand. Oh, and double check the tail skid, it felt
like it took a big bump on the landing strip."
You wave to Patrick, the postal clerk, who is approaching
the airplane with a 15 pound sack of mail. You say,
|Airmail airplane flying near a beacon light
"Good afternoon Patrick, there is a 30 pound sack on the
top of the pile that should go to your post office."
asks you to accompany him to the post office and to lunch. "Oh
no, I forgot my lunch," says Mike,
you please bring me a turkey sandwich? I will owe you!"
With the mail sacks exchanged, you and Patrick leave Mike to
inspect the airplane.
town at the post office, Patrick sorts the sack of mail from
your airplane. He directs it on to the next delivery point.
at the lunch counter focuses on the weather. The almanac writes
that there will be heavy snows this season. It will be a challenge
getting the mail and your airplane through that snow, but at least
today is cold and sunny. After you pay 80¢ for two turkey
sandwiches and 3¢ for a glass of milk, Patrick drives you
back to the airfield.
the office, you hear reports over the Post Office Department's
radio network that the weather is clear through Cheyenne, but
airfields farther to the west are experiencing heavy snowfall.
The weather should hold for your next 3 hour leg. It is
time to get back into the air.
Mike, how's the ship looking?" you ask as you approach
ship looks solid. The radiator did not need any water, but I
put a pint of oil in the engine, tightened the screws on the
tail skid and filled the main tank with 97 gallons of gas,"
Mike says while wiping the grease from his hands. "Are
you ready for me to turn the propeller?"
into the cockpit you reply, "Sounds good, just give me
another five minutes while I write in my logbook. I am hoping
to takeoff by 1:30p.m."
Enter all the details of your flight into your logbook. All
pilots must do this to record their flight schedule. It is
also good to note the amount of mail exchanged at each stop,
the condition of the ship, and personal expenses.
Click here to download your logbook.
>> See pages from Pilot
Max Miller's flight logbook.
Continue the story. . .
3: Forced Landing
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