Monday, January 21, 2019

January 20th

Yesterday was beautiful, so we went to the coast, but today was cold, wet and windy, so we stayed in.

January 19th

We all went to Ocean Beach for bURNING vAN 2019.  Tilly was so tired heading out to come home that she had to be helped into the van :o)  Just as we got home, there was an awful noise when I tried to wind the driver's side window down, so I'm hoping that's not me needing to replace the window regulator again :o(

January 18th

Due to working the Australian shift, today was my Saturday, so I had the day off.  Of course, it was rainy and windy so I couldn't fly, so I spent the day playing Warcraft.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 13th

We met up at the airport early - Randy and I, and Chris came over from Cameron Park.  For want of anything else to do, we went for a flight over my newly discovered canyon.  Randy's allowed to solo, but not land elsewhere yet, so we headed back to Lincoln, where it was decided that Randy would ride with Chris up to Auburn for lunch.  Just after we'd landed, a couple came over and said "weren't there three of you?" - it seems we'd flown over their house earlier :o)  After lunch (in our flight suits, as we were on the patio in the cold wind), we headed back to Lincoln so I could drop the gyro off and head home to start work.  I left Randy and Chris heading out to get gas, so for all I know they're still flying :o)

January 12th

Randy wanted to go flying, so we met at the airport early, got the gyros out and went along the canyon I flew yesterday.  After an hour, we landed and I went to cook burgers for the EAA barbecue.  Chris came over from Cameron Park, but too late for lunch.  We sat on the EAA board meeting until he had to head back, then after the meeting was over, I went and "helped" John with the wiring in his RV6A.

January 11th

Today was my Saturday, as I had to work on Sunday covering Australia.  So, after playing Warcraft for a while, I went to the airport and took the plane out for a flight.  I ran up a canyon from Camp Far West Lake reservoir towards Auburn, over Lake of the Pines and home again, and it was an interesting flight.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 6th

It was another cold and wet day, so I started out playing Warcraft until I started work (I'm covering Australia for the next 2 weeks).

January 5th

I got up early and went and cooked breakfast for about 20 of my closest friends.  Despite the awful weather, a fair number of people showed up.

I changed out a dried out fuel vent line on the gyroplane, then went home.  We went over to Cycle Gear to look for some boots and a jacket for Vic, and other than that, stayed in out of the wind and rain.

In the evening, we watched "The Predator".  It mentions the earlier movies, but I think it would have been cute to see a cameo by one of the stars of the original.

January 4th

Jen came over for me to look at her new laptop - basically get the backup stuff set up, and figure out what we need to put a hard drive in it (it has an SSD, and a slot for a hard drive) - it needs a disc tray.

We went out and got dinner while it was backing up :o)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 2nd

We watched the Tom Cruise "The Mummy".  Well, that's a comic universe that isn't going to happen.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1st

A whole new year, so here are the stats:

Power billed

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I met Chris and Randy at Lincoln, where we tightened up Chris' parking brake cable, then we headed out.  Randy decided to go with Chris, as it was pretty windy - gusting 20mph.  When I pulled the rotor back to get the wind through it, I actually started going backwards, so I had to push it forward a bit to get enough ground and rotor speed to take off.  We flew to Nevada County, where it was a lot warmer, and not at all windy.  There was nothing going on there, other than a guy who's at Lincoln a lot pottering around in his RV-6A.  We didn't even get out, and headed off to Auburn, hoping to get lunch there.  We detoured on the way and played around over the Rollins Reservoir for a bit.  When we got to Auburn, the cafe was shut, so we decided to just go back to Lincoln and go to Subway.  At Lincoln, we fixed a broken bracket on Chris' plane, washed out his air filter and left it out to dry, then went to lunch.  When Chris and I got back to the airport, we oiled and installed his air filter, then he headed back to Cameron Park, and I headed home.

December 30th

I went to the airport and took the plane out for a bit.  It was a lot hazier than yesterday, so I didn't go anywhere, I just pottered around.  When I got back, I did a couple of small wiring tasks on the plane, mostly getting the ADS-B receiver moved to the front, thus freeing up a 12v socket for Vic's heated gloves if necessary.