now that 34 round bales are in and accounted for, as well as a bunch of small work around the house and garage (sorted my tools!) its time to reward myself...

This has been taunting me from the shelf for almost three months now... I bought it before the move even!
Here it sits all trimmed and balanced and ready for nice weather...

I’ve spent a little time on the simulator, and it seems my fixed-wing chops are still solid, but this will be the first time I’ve flown a non-rotorcraft in almost five years! What will I do without collective to worry about? Will I try to go into a nose-in hover in an emergency? The sim seems to indicate that I can still handle fixed-wing stuff OK, but I’m nervous nonetheless... Although this thing can fly nice and slow, it has speed potential in a straight line that makes even my fastest heli seem slow and my fastest quad seem like a bicycle. (I don’t do racing quads, so my fastest quad is actually pretty slow...)