Sunday, July 09, 2006

Complaint Department: Third Door on the Left

There's been mumblings and grumblings that the IFR Pilot hasn't gotten off his keister and posted something to this here bloggety-blog for nearly a month. So, just to make sure that y'all can't say I didn't post for an entire month, I'm posting this little update tonight. In the meantime, if you've got a complaint, take it to the proverbial Complaint Department!

I promise that I will update all of you with the aviation-related happenings of the last month as soon as I can tear myself away from my day job and all the flying and other stuff that's been keeping me occupied. In the meantime, the IFR Pilot is planning his next big trip: from the Home Base to Wilmington, NC on July 18 for the 2006 USASA Veteran's Cup. All the soccer refereeing that you can stand, happening just after we recover from the last month of the World Cup.

But, for the time being, here's a teaser for you...MS and the IFR Pilot are continuing to test the autopilot, GPS, and other capabilities of Mike Hotel. So tonight we went flying and tested the LOC REV function of the Piper Autocontrol IIIB by flying the LOC BC 6 at CGF, home of Flight Options. Along the way, we passed over the Valley View Bridge:

After the LOC BC, it was time for an ILS. Hey, why not, let's go into Hopkins -- MS has never landed there and the IFR Pilot's only done it once. Of course, we had to be on our game, lest we get violated and have to pay homage to the FAA.

So, we sucked it up and flew a near-perfect ILS 24L into the Big Ol' Class Bravo of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Unfortunately, most of the pictures stink, I think the mode selector of the camera got bumped off of "Leave Here for Idiots" and into some sort of custom mode (a/k/a "Make Pictures Look Like Crap"). Oh well, we'll take what we can get:

"Fly heading 250 to intercept the localizer..."

Over the mouth of the Cuyahoga River

Extended final for 24L at Hopkins

Final Approach to 24L at Hopkins

Very short final, Runway 24L, Cleveland Hopkins International

Heading home after a touch 'n go at Hopkins!

Good night y'all.

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