By MIKE HALSTEAD
It was an unusually warm Sunday afternoon in April 2016. N7000L ate up a generous amount of runway leaving Troutdale, Oregon, as we departed for Florida on this trip of a lifetime.
I loaded the plane with two people that I love and one that I like, along with a huge pile of gear. I had weighed everything twice and, with only 8 gallons in each tip tank, I was right at 3,800 pounds.
After 15 seconds of takeoff roll, I was starting to think, “did I do the math correctly? Everything is in the envelope right? Just be patient.”
And we’re off
Ten seconds later, my plane began to free itself from the pavement. With a relieved sigh from the pilot, we were on our way! SUN ‘n FUN, here we come.
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