Maneuvering Speed

October 28th, 2011

I listened to an interesting podcast on the flight up to Canada this morning and it got me thinking. The podcast was around maneuvering speed. I think we all have memorized what it is.

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First IFR flight

February 27th, 2009

mach zehnder modulatorстоловеIt was a beautiful VFR day all over the state of Florida, high pressure dominated the area, but I filed IFR for the first time since getting my license (not the first time flying IFR since then) so I could get the practice.

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Touch and Gos in a Cessna Grand Caravan

December 2nd, 2006

My good friend Stuart was in town again and he gave me a call and asked when was the last time I flew a Caravan. Since I don’t fly one for a living, he know that the last time I flew one was with him the last time he was in town. So he suggested that we get together and do some touch and goes. That’s not an invitation that should be turned down, so I agreed and met him at the airport. Read the rest of this entry »

Arabian Nights in KISM

September 8th, 2006

IMG_8081.JPGWe are really lucky in that we have some really cool places to fly to within an hour or two of our home base. One of those cool places is Kissimee. Ideally when you fly there it will be to switch planes and jump into a P51 Mustang at Crazy Horse. If you are not up for that other cool things to do are Medieval times (get to eat with your hands and watch jousting) or Arabian Nights (another dinner show with lots of horses). I did a trip over there for the Arabian Nights show.

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OSH Adventure

August 4th, 2006

IMG_9683.jpgEvery pilot dreams of flying into OshKosh at some point. I thought that for me the experience would be this year. I sent out the mail to all my freinds and aquaintences to solicit a copilot for the pilgrimage. I got a taker Craig Petty a coworker from Jabil in Michigan and I volunteered my son, Matt, to join us. We loaded up 7100Q the thursday night and did the preflight and flew out at 5 on Friday morning. We landed outside Atlanta at about 9am and had breakfast with my freind Lori and a freind of hers Jonathan. We stopped at Monroe GA and got to see the town which is a typical Georgia town. We flew out from there and headed out over Tennessee and into Kentucky. A band of weather forced us to ground in Owensboro, KY. There we saw one of the 2 remaining Beech Starships. We did get to tour the town in the Courtesy car. We also saw the worlds biggest Sassafras tree which was a real treat. The ceilings stayed low until noon on Saturday. This meant that we had missed our OshKosh window. Since it was still not clear we rented a car and drove the 70 miles back to Bowling green to see the Corvette Museum. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the vicinity. It was a great place to drool for a while.

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Crystal River for Dinner

June 5th, 2006

I did a dinner run up to Crystal River and thought I would blog the trip in case any of all y’all felt inclined to do the same. The trip up is a short one about 35 minutes tho I thew in some Stalls, Steep Turns and slow flight so it took me about an hour. The FBO closes at 7 and you need to get the gate code from them. So plan on getting in before 7pm.

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Sun n Fun Report

April 9th, 2006

IMG_8079.jpgI took a flight out to Sun n Fun this year. Flying in to an aviation convention is definitely the appropriate thing to do. We flew out to Lakeland straight over the top of 9/27 at Tampa and stayed North of the I4 joining into the flow at 1200 feet above the power station at Lake Parker.

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The Berrys, Bahamas

March 20th, 2006

Great HarbourAs you possibly noticed this was a wonderful weekend for flying. I took advantage of that by flying with some freinds from work down to the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. It was about 3 hours and I put a stop in at Boca Raton for fuel (always a good idea). We spent a 3 day weekend down there and flew back Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Nice little trip

March 14th, 2006

Saturday (March 11th) I had a nice little trip that started out hectic and ended up with a complex endorsement and some other lessons learned. Our route took us from KPIE to KSGJ (St. Augustine) to FD77 (Wimauma) and back to KPIE in two different airplanes.

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Keep passin’ it along

March 13th, 2006

I had a great flight Saturday (which I will blog later) with Stuart (a good friend of mine and a great flight instructor) and his boss Steve (who runs an airplane transport business), which between the two of them have logged thousands of hours (maybe even tens of thousands) in many aircraft in many countries. I have less than 200 hours, so when Steve told me the plan was to have me be pilot on the first leg in an plane I never flew so I could finish my complex endorsement, I was uneasy. Add to that that I was the smallest person in the group, and the best candidate to sit in the back of the plane, I again felt uneasy, so I decided to gracefully offer to sit in the back and enjoy the ride.

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