Archive for November, 2008

AIF, 59.3 hours (0.9 hours last flight)

IMG_2170.jpgGarrett needed some one on one time with Daddy. What better way to do this then to strap in to a SportStar and go flying?

This one was very uneventful. Flew over the parents house three times, and did a go around on the landing. The wind was coming in from the north, and I don’t like landing on the 35 end of the runway. Wanted a practice approach before setting down.

Boy that thing REALLY moves in cold air. Cruising at 95 kias, 2,500 feet, and something like 80% power. In warm air, we NEVER get that kind of performance.

So he did well. As you can see, he has flown a plane WELL before he has driven a car. He gets a little bored with straight and level (though Daddy never seems to), and eventually decided it was time to land.

Next flight may be this week down to Hard 8 BBQ in Stephenville. Just exploring it now.

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AIF, 58.4 hours (1.3 hours last flight)

Another run up to Skydive Dallas, this time SUCCESSFUL! I stayed on the ground and played photographer this time and did not jump. The next time I do jump, I will definitely go with a tandem jump so I can enjoy it. My earlier jumps were part of the Accelerated Free Fall training, so they were both solo.

And work. They keep you so busy during your 60 second free fall you don’t have a lot of time to enjoy it.

We packed up a 172 and were en-route! Due to some early delays, we were JUST IN TIME for the training class for the jumpers. This also delayed them jumping by about an hour, but they were up and going in very short order.

I put some pictures up on Facebook as well as in the gallery. Another soft field takeoff and landing to my credit, and once again, thanks to prevailing southerly winds near the major airports, we were not allowed into the Class B. Oh well.

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Going FLYING on Sunday!

Hey baby birds… Been a little lax at posting lately as it has been an insane couple of weeks. This is the longest stretch of days that I have been home in at least a month, if not more than one. Plus we all caught a cold, so we’re dealing with that.

Thanks to everyone who gave me birthday wishes! Hope to see you guys later for the party.

And, I’m going FLYING on Sunday! Going to re-do the skydive attempt, but we have a few more folks going. I’m going to be ready with the camera, and catch them as they come down. I love flying so much, it’s just a joy to be the cab driver up to the airfield.

Maybe on the way back I’ll show those folks the uphill landing at Ironhead.

Anyway, I’m testing for a couple of certifications tomorrow and will be partying later!

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