During my previous visit here I completed almost all commercial requirements related to night hours except one 2-hour cross-country. I wanted to fly it, but some circumstances prevented that flight.
This time it seems to be as planned. I checked the airplane in advance, ensured that we have full tanks and enough oil. Ensured that nobody will fly the airplane since that check.
The airplane is just from maintenance. We fly with my instructor.
So, here we go. Checking everything one more time, reading checklists. Everything is OK. Taxiing to the runway. Accelerating. Airspeed raises, but extremely slow. It is more than 500 ft, but we still have 45. 45, 47… The runway is long, but not endless. Aborting take-off… We are OK and stopped well before runway threshold, but I think that the real speed was more than 70 when decision was made.
Some system malfunction is not a pleasant case. I was slightly scared. And I have to react quickly.
Taxiing back, shutdown. But I still want to fly! The weather is good. Another airplane is OK, fuel is OK, oil is OK. We still can fly!
The flight was good. I thought that it’s hard to see clouds at night, but actually it is not. We can fly well below them.
We flew to KVNC, and requested flight following. For the some reason the controller diverted us along the shoreline, around class B airspace.
Return flight is also around class B airspace, but on the East side. Firstly because of weather avoidance, and secondly because it’s fun to fly a different route.
I like night flying 🙂