Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Near Bird Strike

Following a recent flight, the obligatory video debrief took place. In searching for something worthy of posting, I was shocked to find that just before landing, we came very close to a bird strike. Since we were literally in the flare, I think it would have been survivable, though rather messy.

The most interesting part is the neither I nor CK had any memory of seeing this bird cross the runway!  There is real value to consistently filming and debriefing every flight. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Cloudsurfing In N62TB

Saturday was supposed to be CAVU in our neck of the woods. And it was. Sort of. If you went northwest, you couldn't find a cloud. But over the Home Base, there was a thin layer from about 2700 to 3000 MSL.

In other words: Perfect. For. Cloudsurfing.

So that's what we did. After an ILS to KLPR and a hold at DJB in absolutely clear conditions, we headed back to KBJJ for the GPS 28. It's an LPV approach, so we got a chance to see the simulated glideslope. I flew it coupled to the KAP 100 in HDG mode and the STEC-60 in ALT mode. (Still need to see if I can get the STEC-60 to activate in GS mode for a non-ILS approach.) After spotting the runway, we broke off the approach and headed back to the Home Base for the usual white-knuckle landing. :-)

Anyway, filmed it all with the Garmin VIRB, threw it into iMovie, downloaded some royalty-free music, and voila! The latest from our video production studio.  Enjoy!!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

February Flying

Took N62TB out for a solo jaunt yesterday. Route of flight was 15G → KPCW → KCLE → 15G. Tried to log a landing at KCLE and was cleared for the visual to 6L, but decided to cancel the landing request after a transport category jet departed 6R and created the potential for wake turbulence that wasn't worth chancing.

Captured it all, and here's the highlights!