Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 17th

I started the day making some updates to the EAA web site.  The newsletters always take me a while to copy the PDFs into HTML pages.

I tinkered around with the speedo cable on the van again.  Basically, it looks like the inner is too short, and I'm not sure why that's suddenly become (more of) an issue.  After playing about with it for a while, I gave up and cut about 3/8" off the end of the outer, and plugged it in again.  When I went for a drive, it worked better than it ever has (it used to jiggle, which it no longer does), but a hard turn has seen it stop working, so I think it's either broken loose at the bottom, or the cable itself has snapped where I nicked it with the Dremel.  Oh well...

I went to the airfield and took a lesson with Ken in the gyro.  The air work was fine, but my landings still need a bit more practice, as I'm rounding out slowly like you would in a plane.  Something we noticed is that he's always telling me to use more left rudder on landing, and I can never see what he's on about - well, I naturally slump to the right when I sit down, usually to take the weight of my arm off my shoulder to stop that aching so much.  I can't do this in my plane, as it has a 4 point harness, but I can slump in the gyro, so that's what I'm doing.  I need to practice not doing that, methinks :o)

After standing around chatting with various people, I took the Flightstar up for a bit (to finish this page in my logbook, if nothing else), then went home and watched "The Hitman's Bodyguard", where Ryan Reynolds basically plays Deadpool without a suit.

February 15th

I couldn't sleep, so I got up and found that the last form for my taxes had come in, so I got those finished and filed the Federal taxes online (I refuse to pay $20 to file California online too, so I print those).  $626 owed... oops.

I've modified Tilly's old adventure lead (made out of 12' of proper climbing rope) so I can use it as a slip lead, and that seems to work OK.  Crisis averted.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 14th

We walked Tilly up to Starbucks so she could have a puppacino.  It's been a while since we were there, but she remembered the way and towed me for the last bit.  She also chewed her lead up a bit, so methinks that needs replacing now.

When we got home, we watched "Snatched".

February 11th

It was still too windy to fly, so I tinkered around with stuff at home.

February 10th

Vic headed off to see her mother for the weekend, leaving me to look after the minimals.

I went to the airport and cooked about 25 burgers before a talk from an airline pilot about flying 737s to 787s.  It was too damn windy to fly, so I went home again afterwards.  Meh, I was on call anyway, so I had work to do.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 9th

I jacked the van up again and checked that turning the wheel makes the speedo cable inner turn.  Speedo problem?

February 6th

We went and met Jen for dinner, for a change.