Friday, March 21, 2008

Changes and Travels

Today, the IFR Pilot became subject to FAR 61.23(c)(3)(ii)(B). In other words, my third class medical is now only good for 24 months instead of 36. As to this, I am not entirely happy. I should have renewed it yesterday. Then, it would have been good for another 36 months. *long sigh*

At least the IFR Pilot can look forward to the following flight schedule next week, assuming Momma Nature cooperates:
  • Monday - Home Base to Buffalo, NY and back
  • Tuesday - Home base to Columbus, OH
  • Wednesday - Columbus, OH to Augusta, GA
  • Thursday - August, GA to Home Base and then to Buffalo, NY
  • Friday - Buffalo, NY to Home Base
And then, to top it all off, on the following Monday: Back to Buffalo.

I'm sure my partners will be happy when I pass out from exhaustion. Of course, the best part of this agenda is that it's all work related, which means the fuel bill gets paid by someone else!!!

5:00 p.m. Update: MS took Mike Hotel for a quick trip around the pattern this afternoon. The gear wouldn't raise. The Mechanic has diagnosed it as a broken actuator. The part's on order, but won't be here until Monday. So, the IFR Pilot will be flying his PT Cruiser to Buffalo instead of Mike Hotel. At least MS and the IFR Pilot were able to fly to Buffalo the other day. One of these days, MS will forward the high-def video that he shot and it'll be posted here...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mmmmmmm, Pictures!

At the Home Base recently, a young lady was about to make her first solo flight. The IFR Pilot was in the right place at the right time and was able to snap some photos of this momentous occasion.

Good job! Keep up the flying!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Difference A Few Miles Makes

Well, it was certainly an interesting drive into work this morning. Behold, the METAR from Cleveland Hopkins:

KCLE 151351Z 21003KT 1/4SM FG VV001 00/00 A2985 RMK AO2 SLP115 8/6// T00000000

Meanwhile, safely ensconced in my office overlooking Burke Lakefront Airport, it's a completely different story. Witnesseth:

KBKL 151353Z 24004KT 5SM BR FEW060 02/01 A2983 RMK AO2 SLP105 T00170011

There's actually been some flying of Mike Hotel lately, but work and other responsibilities have made it darn near impossible to carve out time to write things up and post them here. Suffice it to say the WAAS-enabled Garmin 430 (aka Garmin 430W) is the best thing since sliced bread. MS and the IFR Pilot have both renewed instrument currencies with the benefit of the wonderful magenta line it produces. The refresh rate is astonishing, and the added situational awareness that comes from compliance with TSO C146a (the FAA standard for WAAS receivers) is amazing.

There's some possibility of some quick turn flights to Buffalo in the next couple of weeks thanks to work, so that will present the first opportunity to try the 430W in something other than training conditions. Failing that, the annual Stag Flight is in early April. Destination is the Udvar-Hazy Wing, in which case the 430W will assuredly help us avoid P-40!