Tuesday, September 27, 2016
In the early afternoon, I went to the airport to help Rocky with the LRAA website, and when that was sorted, I went over and talked to Frank for a while about his new Cozy. Then I took the Flightstar up for an hour - the highlights were watching the yellow crop-dusting biplanes landing on their little strip between the power lines, and being thanked profusely by a big corporate jet for letting him get out before I flew overhead to join the circuit - I figure I was using less fuel flying than he was idling waiting for me :o)
In the evening we went to dinner with Jen (not that Jen, this is a new one) and Gwen to celebrate Vic's birthday.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
In the evening, we watched "Captain America: Civil War". It was OK, I guess, but there were too many plot points and characters, making it overlong. Also, aren't superhero movies supposed to be fun?
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I also need a new cylinder head temperature probe, as one is reading all over the place. I'll do that when I change the spark plugs, which should be in the next few engine hours.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
I built a bridge for the front garden, then Vic and I installed it.
In the evening I went to the airfield and just did circuits. I need to start getting there a bit earlier, as it's getting dark sooner and sooner.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Another day just doing chores around the house until the evening, when I could fly again. Again I helped Jack tinker with the M-Squared before we headed out to fly over Far West Lake. It's a shame i didn't have a camera with me, as his bright green plane against the lake looked really cool. We'd taken off on 33, but while we were out I'd heard the aircraft throwing circuits change to 15, so I had to get in front of Jack (who was flying without a radio) to make sure we joined the correct pattern when we got back. I landed OK, but Jack went around, so I was doing his radio calls for him. He veered off on the next landing attempt, and it seems that he'd actually bounced hard enough to break off a wheel. He came again, and without a left wheel where it should be, ground looped the plane. I went back, and we got his plane off the runway so others could take off and land, then went and got a garage creeper, tie downs and the van and towed it back to the hangar. Jeez.
I started the day at the airfield, cooking breakfast for about 20 people who showed up to watch my copy of "Air America". Bruce enjoyed it enough that he's borrowed it to watch it with his wife.
I straightened some of the locking pins for our hangar door. I was thinking I'd pull the out then use the tow hitch on the van, but the hole that the pin that holds the tow hitch in is almost exactly the right size, so I used that instead. Hopefully now they won't drag on the ground when the hangar owners come to see what needs to be done to fix the doors next week.
I pottered around the house doing odds and ends until I could go back to the airfield and fly. I helped Jack sort out the M-Squared, then we headed out to fly along the river. It was pretty windy, and when I realised that we'd taken 20 minutes to get there, I figured we would head home before it got dark. We put everything away, they stood around talking until Jim Volk showed up to see if we wanted to buy his Cherokee. Neither of us did.
After work I went and took the plane out. I flew over the house, but couldn't see Vic, even though she claims to have saved at me.
Tilly had an adventure, when I left the side gate open taking the garbage out for pickup in the morning. She wandered down the road sniffing around the neighbours' garbage bins until I came and found her. I was telling her what a silly dog she is when Vic opened the garage door, and Tilly dashed off to sit in the van.