Woke up today to nothing but blue sky's and sunshine with just a faint breeze. I've been in the middle of building my second plane so I've been itching to get my tride and true up in the air as soon as the weather permitted. I took it up a few times last year but it was late in the season and I didn't fly near as much as i wanted. Before that it was about 3-4 years since my last flight. As soon as I stepped outside this morning with my coffee in hand I immediately thought "I need to fly today."
Luckily after moving and buying a house I am only minutes from a flying field at an uncontrolled grass strip. Both the airport manager and the aircraft owners that keep their full scale planes in the hangars fly rc so they keep a section on the south end of runway mowed short to allow the planes to land and take off with relative ease.
All this said, I pulled in and got the plane ready, checked the tuning a bit, range checked it, and proceeded to make my first flight for the year. Grass was a bit longer than it usually is so it took most all the runway to get enough ground speed to liftoff but once airborne it was smooth sailing. Flew it around the patch and made a few touch and goes(some were full stops from how tall the grass was) Some weren't exactly pretty either but I was able to keep the wheels on the ground.
I may look into a different prop to swap on the front as the little 40LA could barely get the craft airborne. It's a 10x6 right now but would appreciate input on a different prop to try. Eventually I'd like to throw a 55 AX up front as well but I'm in no hurry.
Sorry for the somewhat pointless post, I feel like I make a post about this every year but it feels good to fly again and come home with everything still in one piece!