PulsR has the last flight for 2017 and the first flight for 2018…

Anne and I decided that our PulsR would have the last flight of 2017 and then the PulsR would also have the first flight for 2018. The final customers left and Anne closed the gates for the last time for 2017. I pushed the PulsR out of the hangar and did the pre-flight. Anne climbed in and I followed her. We spoke over the intercom for a moment and I did the pre-start checks. Ready for the engine to start and we realized that Anne had only flown four times this year. The engine started and with the after start checks completed, we taxied to runway 19. Entering and back tracking the runway we sat for a moment and contemplated the flight before us. It was time to go, the throttle moved forward and the PulsR started its take-off roll. It wasn’t long before we were up and into the warm evening air. What a great feeling to be flying together in one of the best aircraft in the world. Thank you Bill for designing this awesome aircraft. We flew around the local area for 1.2 hours, as the sun sank lower in the sky, before making a fantastic landing to end our last flight for 2017.

It’s 2018 now, and, as the time is 0500 hours, we decided get ut of bed to do the first flight for 2018. Yes it would be in the PulsR again. I opened the hangar door to a beautiful crisp clear morning. Today’s flight would take us around the local area again. Once again with all the checks complete we entered the sky and climbed to 2500 feet and headed for Wangaratta, and then to Benalla, before flying home to Yarrawonga and around the Lake. We saw the sunrise over Mt Bogong, the second highest mountain in Australia. What a sight.  Decades ago, Anne had read somewhere, “The sun cut itself on the lip of a hill and bled into the valley”, which seemed appropriate to this morning. Unfortunately the photo didn’t do it justice. The flight was around 1.3 hours and it was total fun for both of us. This is our life now, being able to just fly when we want, and go where we want. We have the best and safest aircraft in the world to fly. We welcome this new year, and wish all our friends and aquaintances a safe, healthy and happy year ahead.