Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hurricane


The other day I was trying to fullfil my commercial solo cross country for an airport over 250nm away, well I didn't realize that the airport only had to be 250nm not that I had to fly there non-stop. So my plan was to fly from Chandler, AZ to Cedar City, UT in a 152. Which is a little 2 seat plane. After taking off and in cruse for awhile, like any good pilot I started to check my flight with the flight plan I had made I noticed I was flying at 80kts when I had planned on going at 100kts. With only 4 hours of fuel I did a few time/distance problems and I found out I wasn't going to make it to Cedar City so I landed short of my 250nm airport by 8 miles. and not knowing at the time that if I could have just stopped, fueled and continued a little and landed I would have completed the requirement that's what I get for not reading the regs all the way. Good thing I'm not going to become a lawyer.

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Early morning in Chandler, AZ


over the Grand Canyon
more of the Grand CanyonHurricane, UT
me and the famous Hurricane cliffs you can decide what the Mt. looks like.
I like how it says terminal 1 like there was a number 2
they did sky diving out of this airplane the door opened up, very small.
arial shot of Hurricane
Flying back home over Phx. If you look close there is a plane just about to land on the far right runway.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Flying then Scuba

Flying in the early morning for some breakfast. At the tail is Quentin (Q) and Nick is taking the pic.

We flew from Chandler to Eloy and tried there little cafe down there.
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Leaving Chandler
Q is in the pink head set.
Looking over Chandler to the San Tan mountains
Later that day Nick another friend Ed and I drove out to Lake Pleasant to do so Scuba diving it was really fun. I don't have any more pic of there I don't have an underwater camera yet.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Kevra's first flight!


So the last time that my sister Kevra was in a small airplane lets just say that is didn't end well I remember lot of throw-up smell and hearing her in the back while seeing my uncle trying to land the plane as fast as possible. I as remembering her getting out of the plane and asking what that design on her pants was... it was barf.

Since then about 6 or so years ago she has been very reluctant to fly in anything small. I've been talking with her and set a date for last Wednesday morning. She wasn't too happy about me picking her up at 5am but I wanted the time that would be the clamest and coolest. not to mention the prettiest as well here is some from the trip.

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Sunrise at the Chandler Municipal Airport
Kevra in Jessica's cool pink head setSky Divers landing in Coolidge just as we were.
the cool old WWII hanger at Coolidge
On the ramp in Casa Grande


Flying Home.

as you can see she did great didn't even think about getting sick plus and asking went you could go up next.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Night Time

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Last night I had to build 3 hours of solo (meaning me only) time at night toward my commercial license. I like flying at night. The air is very calm and there are not too many people flying then, which makes it very pleasant and relaxing. I wanted to go to a few airports around here that I've just not been able to get to. Like Eloy has a really nice field but every time I wanted to check it out they were doing too much parachute jumping so I couldn't land. Also I had never landed at the Buckeye airport I've been over just never stopped. So as you can see from my map above I just made a big 3 hour circle.

It was one of the funnest flying I've done in a long time. I really don't know how to describe it just that is was a blast and the perfect night to go flying. I almost didn't land at Buckeye because I couldn't see it. Most airports after the tower closes or if there is no tower has what is called "pilot controlled lighting" meaning just that. How it works is the pilot pushes the mic in mostly 5 or 7 or 9 times (depending on how bright you want the lights) and the lights will come on. [Also side note so if you had a little hand held radio on the airport frequency at night you could turn on the lights at most any airport that has lights by just pushing the "push-to-talk" 5 times. Cool huh.] Well at Buckeye I thought I had clicked the lights on but as the GPS told me I kept getting closer and closer and I just couldn't see the airport. Then the GPS said I flew over and I still couldn't see it. so I made a wide circle to try to find it and all I could see was black. Then just as I was flying beside it I remembered to click the mic again and the light came on. Out of the darkness it looked like an airport just appeared, it was really cool.

just before I took off.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

to Glendale and back

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So I thought I would try out some thing new, this a map of roughly where I flew today. It was just a quick flight to Glendale Airport. As you can see I can't fly straight there because of the airspace over Phoenix it is just easier to fly around it all.

In the last few weeks I've joined the Civil Air Patrol. There is a squadron (305) out of Falcon Field in Mesa.
I joined because they do a lot of cool "missions" like search and rescue, homeland security, and in AZ help out with things on the border. You don't have to be a pilot to join and there are lots of different things people do on the ground and in the air that don't require a pilots license. But if you are a pilot the deal is even better because you can get the government to pay for your flying, in other words free flight hours. and for a pilot like me just starting out that is as good as money. The Civil Air Patrol or CAP is funded partly by the Air Force and they oversee what we do but all the members of CAP are volunteers that meet once a week and do training exercises once a month (right now). I haven't started flying yet because there is a lot of paper work I have to do. So I have to wait a little bit.

Today though I did go to a training about marshaling airplanes it wasn't really what I joined CAP for but it was good info. Plus I had a friend fly over with me and paid half the cost because she was building hours too. here are a few pics and some cool planes on the ramp, they are with my cell phone and really bad. but you get the idea.

Check out the tires on this one.