Thursday, February 20, 2020

February 19th

I spent a little time getting my ADS-B receiver in the house upgraded to PiAware 3.8.0 to pick up 978/UAT traffic as well as 1090/ES.  It's not collecting a lot, as that's going to be general aviation traffic and it's mid-week, but I'm hoping it'll be busier at the weekend.  978 doesn't seem to travel as well as 1090 anyway.  I needed to find a couple of USB cable extenders, as the slots are too close together for the built in ports on the Raspberry Pi to work, and then my old Blackberry (700mA) power supply wasn't strong enough to power it all - a 2,000mA power supply from one of my old tablets seems to be doing the trick just fine.

In the evening, I went to the EAA membership meeting and ended up cooking burgers.

Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17th

Today was Presidents Day, when Americans celebrate George Washington's birthday by going shopping.

We went to the airport and flew to Auburn for lunch.  It was pretty windy, and Vic found it funny, heading up there sideways across the ground.  There weren't a lot of people flying at Auburn, so there wasn't a really long line for lunch.

The wind seemed to have picked up on the way back, and I managed to touch down doing about 5mph ground speed.  We sat just off the runway and let the rotor spool down before heading back to the hangar.

Funnier is the altitude / speed chart - can you see where we turned downwind?

February 16th

I got up early and went to the airport.  Chris had a couple he wanted to take for rides in the gyro, and I'd offered to help out.  The wife had decided against flying in the morning, but I went over to Cameron Park anyway (in a 20+mph headwind!).

After he'd flow the husband, we went to Auburn and had lunch.

After lunch, he headed back to Cameron Park, and I headed back to Lincoln.

In the evening, we watched "Zombieland: Double Tap".

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 15th

I cut down more of the shrub on the side of the house, then went to the airport and took the plane out for a ride.

February 14th

I sloped out of work a bit early and went for a ride with Chris in his RV-6A.  I was his first passenger since he passed his test :o) 

February 13th

We watched "The Good Liar".

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 12th

I got up stupid early and drove to San Francisco to heckle Dave's presentation at work.  It took about 2.5 hours to get home, but I went there and back on one charge, and arrived home with 39 miles left :o)