My Flying Blog
Flying adventures of a 700+ hour instrument-rated private pilot located somewhere in the Midwest, who plans to resume working on his commercial ticket shortly. Owner of a 1985 Trinidad TB-20, N62TB. Former co-owner of a Piper Arrow IV and before that a Cessna 172E that he flew to Alaska in the summer of 2005.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Planning Another Bucket List Trip!
So, The Boys are planning a bit of an adventure. It just so happens to be a Bucket List item for the IFR Pilot: Flying to the Bahamas! More of that story as it develops. But in the meantime, due diligence is being performed. Photographic evidence of same:
It just so happens that Plane and Pilot recently ran an article on this very subject, aptly titled "Bahamas 101: Recipe for Paradise." Of course there's a copy of that amongst our due diligence materials.
Also included as a copy of the 2012 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide. As the title implies, it's a resource guide for planning a flight by light airplane to anywhere in the Bahamas and Caribbean. The guide is chock full not just of the expected airport diagrams and frequencies, but also color photographs of the airports so you can familiarize yourself with the airport and its environs. There's also plenty of information for the tourism side of your trip planning, so of it narrative by the publishers and some of it commercial advertising. No matter how you slice it, this is a can't-miss item in your Bahamian Flight Planning Bag. It's also available for your iPad.
Also occupying space is a Caribbean VFR chart, using a WAC scale (1:1,000,000). Interestingly, it contains the following disclaimer: "This is a refrence [sic] and planning chart and is not to be substituted for legal charts." Setting aside the spelling error (groan), it raises the question of what exactly are the legal charts necessary for flight to and within the Bahamas. Time to do some reading, in particular to see whether the sectionals on the iPad (a) cover the necessary territory, and (b) satisfy any Bahamian version of the FARs.
Finally, I picked up a small "survival kit." It consists of a metal water bottle and various items that you'd want to have if you really were stranded, such as waterproof matches, fishing line, thermal blanket, and a signal mirror. One of the nice features of the bottle is that it is covered with a variety of survival hints like where to look for water, signs of dehydration, etc. I'm not sure how much of that would come in handy in the event of an off-airport landing in the Atlantic Ocean between KFXE and MYBS (and beyond), but the bottle will certainly be filled with fresh water before we depart the Florida coastline for the overwater portion of the flight.
Our timetable for this adventure is still undecided, but it will be chronicled in all of its glory here.
A shoutout to my friends at PilotMall.com for their great service in sending the Guide and the survival bottle in my order, which also included a set of self-adhesive decals to replace any that may have worn off in N62TB. Service was fast and friendly, as I experienced when I spent way too much time browsing their booth at AOPA Expo 2009 in Tampa. If you're looking for aviation gear, give www.PilotMall.com a look for great prices, inexpensive shipping (mine was free! for a $75+ order), and great customer service!!!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Still Kicking, Still Flying
Well, hello there friends. Bet you thought this little blog was defunct. Can't blame you, it's been four months or so since the IFR Pilot last posted.
N62TB continues to be in the fold and getting flown more often. In fact, 2012 is looking like it might reverse the trend of the last few years of continued decreases in the total number of flying hours. Here's what logshare.com shows for annual flight hours:
Took a long trip to NOLA earlier this year, which really helped boost the flight hours. Hoping there might be at least one more long trip before December arrives and we have to sum up the year's flying activity.
SM rode along a $100 breakfast run to 38D this morning. Been working on video production skills, so here's a campy little video highlight reel from today's jaunt through the skies. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
It's been an unusually warm winter in Northeast Ohio this season. Sure, we've had some pretty good snowstorms, but they are promptly followed by a warm front that melts everything. As a result, there's been no persistent snowpack. This, of course, means no snow banks at The Home Base, and the runway is dry as a bone.
So, when another high pressure system arrived this past weekend, The IFR Pilot was saddened when other commitments meant no weekend flying. February flight time is a relatively rare thing around here. The logbook shows only 26 hours logged in Februaries from 2001 (when I started flying full-time) through 2011, and no February time at all in 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2010.
Fortunately, the Aviation Fates smiled on me yesterday, when I was able to scoot from work early and head out for a little takeoff and landing practice before a 7:00 p.m. airport board meeting. Best of all, the suction cup mount for the Nflightcam had arrived, so I was able to test the camera in flight.
There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and so there's a bit of overexposure/sun glare in these videos, but I suspect they aren't too awful to post, particularly when accompanied by the twin disclaimers of "I'm no video pro" and "This was my first time using this thing." (Oh, and I know, I need to clean the windscereen.) Thus properly disclaimed, I offer the following for your vicarious aviating pleasure:
I just wish we had one of these for The Great Alaska Flying Adventure of 2005...
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Surgery on the Trinidad