I was supposed to fly with another dude to Mayfield Ky to deliver some relief supplies today.
We loaded the plane, paying particular attention to Weight and Balance,….special care as to what we loaded and where in the plane as this was gonna be a max gross weight takeoff. Just enough fuel to get there plus an hour reserve fuel. The rest was cargo and the two pilots.
This was a cold day, temp 9F or so…the coldest I have ever taxiied the plane
Pulled the plane out of the hangar, fired it up, taxiied….all good.
Then when I pulled the power back to stop for the “Before Takeoff” checklist, the left engine died. I restarted it, and it seemed to run fine….but the tach on the panel showed zero RPM.
I’m not sure what happened, or if the engine stoppage was related to the tach failure or not…could have been coincidental and the engine stoppage at idle was simply a function of the cold temps.
Either way, It looks like we will drive the supplies down, rather than fly them. 6 hours driving rather than 1.6 hours flying each way.
Plus whatever the repairs cost…..