The day started at 6 with a drive up to the airport in the fog. I sat with Jim Koepnick and friends, waiting for the fog to lift for our 7 a.m. shoot with the PiperSport. *** Never happened. *** Jim’s the long-time head of EAA’s photo department: if you’ve seen some of the zillions of gorgeous photos filling their publications over the last couple decades or so, you’ve seen his top-notch work. *** Jim and EAA editor Mary Jones were gracious enough to offer me a seat in their Cessna 210 photo ship, and we’ll try again tomorrow morning. *** The sun finally broke out, bringing the wind and puffy scud clouds. *** Piper’s long-time unsung hero Bart Jones, with whom I’ve flown countless photo missions over the years (along with P&P’s veteran Senior Ed. Bill Cox), took me up for a demo flight in the lovely new PiperSport. *** What a treat! *** We’re running the story in the next issue but here’s a couple highlights: *** a delight to fly *** beautifully appointed inside and out *** lands like a dream. *** Excellent toe-brake pedal plates make castoring nosewheel system easily controllable. *** Hops off the ground and lands at very low speeds. *** Labels: Clouds, Sebring Day Three: Fog, Sun, Wind
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