Archive for March, 2006

The Berrys, Bahamas

Monday, 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. (more…)

Nice little trip

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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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Live ATC website

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Nick reminded me of this good site and for any of you that are bored at work and want to listen to some real ATC broadcasts, this is the site for you.  LiveATC has US and International feeds, but unfortunately, none for our PIE or TPA, but there is a section that tells you how you might be able to hook up a scanner and direct it to this site so the rest of us can hear it.  We would appreciate it.

To Venice for dinner

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Clearwater on the way to VNCI wrote this blog as a nice cookbook flight to VNC for dinner. It is a great trip if you feel up to it. It is delightful from a number of perspectives, you fly along the coast and have some of the best VFR flying available anywhere, then the return trip I use flight following brush up on radio work and get an awesome view of the bay area lights, and stay current with night flight. The route takes you over some of the most expensive real estate around and you catch a glimpse of how the other half live. All of this for just 1.6 on the Hobbs.

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