The low cloud finally pushed off to the east late this week, so I was able to get flying on Saturday afternoon. Once again the remote controller for the preheat failed to work. Fortunately it wasn’t too cold, so 1.5 hours of preheat while I had lunch, checked tire pressure, etc was enough. I did another test of the remote control, and it failed again. I brought the whole system home so I can so some proper troubleshooting.

I spent 45 minutes doing some cruise performance testing to get some data wit the wheel pants removed. Then I zipped up to Ottawa to do some practice instrument approaches. On the way home I heard mention on the radio about an ELT, so I tuned COM2 to 121.5 MHz, and heard the distinctive tone. I learned this afternoon that an aircraft based at our airport had crashed, and that the pilot was killed (his name hasn’t been released yet, so I won’t mention it). I knew him, but not that well. His family has my deepest condolences.

We bought another car this week - a 2005 Mazda 6 hatchback, with the four cylinder engine. Nice car. Terry is able to drive again, and needs a car to go to her physiotherapy sessions. And, I got the main computer working again. It took about an hour to open up the all-in-one iMac and replace the hard drive, and a few hours to restore everything from the backups.