I almost missed this milestone.
This month marked two decades since my first intro flight when I officially began my flight instruction. Has it really been that long?
I still fondly and vividly remember that day like yesterday, when I flew my first solo.
Or that first cross country I made to King City, that made me nervous I would get lost. Or better yet that second long cross-country to South County airport that required two go-arounds, to the ire of others in the traffic pattern.
Or the first foray to Bakersfield after getting my ticket and getting lost for dialing in the wrong VOR frequency and having a non-functioning transponder! How about that first ILS approach into Watsonville in actual IMC after getting my instrument rating ?
Or that time I took my friend from college to Monterey and experienced my first instrument failure.
Or the long solo cross country to satisfy the requirements for commercial pilot license.
Or the uncomfortable attempts to achieve the minimum night time requirements, or flying night solo cold turkey or the single night solo cross country flight or later the single night and IFR flight.
Seems like yesterday 🙂
Logging Memories I
Logging Memories II
Logging Memories III
Logging Memories IV
Logging Memories V
Logging Memories VI
Three years Ago
Early Saturday, a glitch in automation in the Washington DC area caused an “ATC Zero” in ZDC (Washington Center). Departures from all three airports: IAD, DCA and BWI were essentially in ground halt.
This has caused untold inconvenience for people, visiting the DC area and hoping to return home. FlightAware posted a MiseryMap visually showing major airports around the country, affected by this glitch. For each of the major airports, the delays by time and number of cancellations at each airport are listed.
This doesn’t even include the airport I am stuck at. So you can imagine how much more misery is being shared across the country 🙂 In fact, none of the news agencies have even started to talk about arrivals into DC area.
Continue to read here.
Soaring on Top of the World!
And I dream I’m an eagle
And I dream I can spread my wings
Flying high, high, I’m a bird in the sky
I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please
— From the Eagles by ABBA
We took off under our own power and climbed in circling turns to about 12,500 ft. “Where are the thermals?” I had asked Bob as we prepared to take-off. “Over there, where the clouds are,” he responded. Once the engine settled down and cooled, he prepared to turn it off and closed the air vents.
Five years ago today… Continue to read here.
Re-post from last year.
Okay, by now I have been to Tangier multiple times.
I even got the coveted VA Ambassador Stamp last October. As it happens although our original plan was to fly to Ocracoke Island and First Flight airport, we had to change our plans due to my school schedule.
Instead, we ended up flying to Tangier again on an impromptu flight with the flight out group (FOG) on Sunday. Five aircraft with 14 people ended up at Tangier for lunch at Lorraine’s this holiday weekend. There was much camaraderie, hanger flying, and excellent flying, since the weather was perfect, and the airspace clear.
Tangier on the other hand is still doing none the better since obviously, whatever anyone says and does, it will disappear one day. We might be okay calling it fake news, ignore climate change and science, and live in a world of alternate facts.
But nature in the end always wins.
Just this past week, Shelly Island appeared.
This is what we saw when we were in Tangier back in October 2016.
Ultimately, we all pay for our mistakes.
Hopefully, we realize our mistakes, and do something about it, before it is too late!
The Twilight of Tangier
Belief’s won’t save Tangier
Trump tells Tangier Mayor not to worry about sea-level rise
Save Tangier Island
Trump’s call fuels fund raiser
Note: All photos courtesy of Gert.
Survived another Semester!
This was a tough one! And I am glad it is done.
Now I just wish I was down under in Queenstown, NZ 🙂
I always like to have a plan for the New Year.
Health, weight loss and fitness are always on the agenda. But, I also like to plan some fun and cool stuff, like flying, traveling and more. As I pointed out, last year was a bummer, since I did so little fun flying, even though I did some flight training towards my CPL and even retook the FAA Commercial Knowledge test. I hoped to complete my CPL, but that was not to be. I didn’t quite finish my first novel either.
Come 2016, I know I am going to be swamped with school work. This time, I hope to do as much fun flying as I can afford, continue to write my novel, and maybe even attempt to complete my CPL.
As for the rest?
What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Winter is not yet here, but my flying attempts have been floundering lately. I planned, re-planned and hoped to succeed in organizing a Niagara Flyout this year, but failed yet again. Good thing we had a backup plan in place. We got to drive to several museums and core airports to collect stamps instead in October. Our plan to do more stamp collecting failed, yet again, in late October. Forecast called for high winds, and we decided to cancel. Although, several attended Chili Night at the airport for some hanger flying and firming up of plans for the upcoming Bahama Flyout.
The Citabria, has been down for maintenance most of October, so I didn’t get to fly it much. It is finally online again, and I hope to get in some flying, before winter closes in. Travel, winds, weather and more, fingers crossed on this one!
November and in fact the winter months seem to be a perfect time to strengthen my writing skills and work on my novel. There is much research work needed and much work in sharpening my writing skills, to achieve a reasonable work of fiction worth publishing. This is exciting, since I have thought about this often, but never taken action.
I didn’t fly in October although, it is the one month, I typically plan some exotic flying destination. My life revolves around Aviation. I literally think flying 16 hours of the day. Not all about my flying 🙂
I’ve been busy, and that is always excellent news.
We have another stamp collecting flight planned in November weather permitting. The days have gotten shorter and the weather unpredictable. Lately the weather (or forecast weather) has been off a lot, making it difficult to plan, and ultimately to execute our plans.
Have a good one!