AOPA's 2001 Bonanza Sweepstakes - Oct. 18 Pictures and Commentary

November 11, 2009

Pictures and Commentary

Oct. 18 - After sitting in one of S-Tec/Meggitt's tin hangars for nearly three weeks, I was ready for one of those AOPA Pilot editors to take me somewhere. And sure enough, that Ells guy, the one who has recruited all those workers to gussy me up with all the latest equipment, showed up on Monday, October 8, with a DUATS flight plan in his hand. I glanced at it when he wasn't looking and saw that he was going to fly me to Mobile, Alabama. I actually blushed when I found out that the American Bonanza Society had invited me to show off my stuff at their thirty-third annual convention.

After waiting until the afternoon because of low clouds, Ells pointed my nose down the centerline of Runway 13 and we launched. After flying south to remain clear of the enhanced Class B airspace at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, we turned east. After 3.6 hours Ells greased me onto Runway 14 at Mobile Downtown Airport. He's a little ham handed in the air and claims that his good landings are because of his natural skills. I haven't told him yet that everyone makes good landings in a Bonanza.

Because I was one of the featured guests, Ells shined me up and made sure I was ready to entertain guests. It was wonderful to see all the other Bonanzas and get to meet some of their owners. Ells took such good care of me by making sure I was hangared on Saturday when that nasty cold front blew through. I heard him say that no one would want me if I was dented during a hailstorm.

Early next morning we again took to the air and turned west for the return trip to Mineral Wells, Texas. Flying into a headwind, we made the trip in 4.1 hours. Now I'm back in the tin hangar, awaiting another flying adventure. I've heard that Tom Horne, the editor who writes the funny weekly updates, is going to take me to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to AOPA Expo, where I will again be on display for my adoring public. I can't wait to lead the Parade of Planes as we taxi through the streets of Fort Lauderdale at 10 a.m. on November 7.



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