Saturday, July 31, 2021

July 30th

It's been sort of hot here...

So in the evening, we watched "A Quiet Place Part II."

Monday, July 26, 2021

July 25th

John and Jana came and picked up some stuff before heading back to SoCal, and it was hot enough when they left that I couldn't be bothered to go and open the hangar.

In the evening, I picked Randy up and we went and took a little flight down the American River canyon to Folsom, then home again.

When we got back, Jarron was out in his Bandit, so we watched him land before heading home.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

June 24th

We'd had a detailed plan for the day, with several interlocking pieces, which was thrown when John didn't sleep at all well.  In the end, they drove to Cameron Park so Jana could fly with Don to see what a small plane is like, and I flew over to meet them.

We had lunch with Chris, and then he flew Jana and John in his RV-6A so they could see the sort of plane you can fly with a Private Pilot's License rather than a Sport Pilot.  When that was all done, they drove back to the hotel, and I flew back to Lincoln.

In the evening, we all met up in Sacramento for dinner.

June 23rd

We all got up, I went to work and John went to Cameron Park to fly with Don, one of the instructors there.  I saw him briefly at lunchtime, and he's really liked the Pipistrel Alpha.  He headed in to Sacramento to stay at a hotel there after picking up Jana from Sacramento airport.

Friday, July 23, 2021

July 22nd

John's in town to see Don at Cameron Park about some flying, so we went out to dinner :o)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July 19th

After work I went over and helped Randy install a new oxygen sensor in the car he's selling (so it'll pass smog,) then we installed the visor on his new helmet.  I'm interested to see how that works out, as it's very adjustable for passengers in the gyro.

Monday, July 19, 2021

July 18th

We flew to Cameron Park, and circled overhead as Chris took off, then went down to Columbia for breakfast.

Chris and Randy played in a bunch of canyons on the way down, but I didn't want t risk hurting my hand, so I just pottered along watching.

After breakfast, we flew home.

We were too low over New Melones Lake and Copperopolis to show up :o)  This time I flew down with the guys most of the time.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

July 17th

I picked Randy up on the way to the airport.  Jarron was just getting read to go out in his Bandit when we pulled up,, and he joined us for breakfast at the EAA hangar.  After breakfast, we flew around Beale, stopping for Jarron to get more gas at Sutter (it's an ultralight, so carries 5 gallons, which is enough for an hour, but not much more.)

Oh, great chunks of the flight are missing because we were too low to show up :o)

When we got back, I changed the oil in the plane, and did the 50 hour service before going home.

In the evening, we went to Roseville for the downtown Saturdays thing, which was pretty sparsely attended.

Friday, July 16, 2021

July 13th

I've just got a Surface Duo to try and replace my old Galaxy Tab S2.  So far I like it, despite the line across the centre of the screens, and I'm trying to decide whether this could also replace my Galaxy S8.  At least until the folding screen phones come down in price :o)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

July 11th

I went out to the airport, to fly and meet Chris for breakfast.  Randy texted me to say he's feeling a lot better after his operation, so I got both planes out and cleaned the rotors on mine while I waited for him to arrive.  We flew towards Cameron Park, expecting to hear Chris leave, but when we didn't, we flew around Folsom Lake and headed to Auburn.

Chris had flown up with Chris O'Leary, in his SportStar.  I think I heard them leave, I just didn't realise who it was :o)

After lunch, we flew back to Lincoln.

When we got back to the hangar, Randy announced that his backup fuel pump wasn't working, so we changed it out for one of our spares and threw it away.  I figured while we had the tools out, I'd play with the squeaking left wheel, and ended up rotating the tyre to wear out the other side of the tread.

We went back to Randy's, where we tore his spare headset apart and built it in to a helmet.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

July 10th

We got up stupid early to fly to Colusa for the Old Tyme Fly-In, getting there after most of the Lincoln crew at about 08:30.

It was a lovely flight up, I spent a lot of time just flying hands off as there were no gusts or thermals to deal with.

I bought some tickets for the raffle, and we won some plants, some walnuts and honey (it's a farming area) and a print of a watercolour painting.  Bruce agreed to bring them back to Lincoln for us in his RV-6 :o)

Having explained to some dumbass that the little girl in the Luscombe by herself is actually a CFI, we then flew back to Lincoln and went home and hid from the heat.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

July 7th

I got around to installing a toilet to match the new one in the guest bathroom in the master bathroom.   It took less than 2 hours without rushing at all, and I reckon a good chunk was cleaning the old caulk off the floor before I could put the new one in.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

July 5th

As July 4th fell on a Sunday, we got today off.

Luckily Tilly can't hear well enough to spend the night stressing about the fireworks, so she slept well.

I went to the airport with the intention of flying before I met Chris for lunch.

I flew over towards Cameron Park (apparently Rob texted Chris to say he could land at his house, thinking I was Chris,) then tootled back to Lincoln.  Chris was running a little late, so I used the time to clean my air filter and chat with Tony.

After lunch, I went home and did nothing for the rest of the day.

Monday, July 5, 2021

July 4th

Today was Independence Day, when Americans celebrate the end of civilised society by blowing things up and going shopping.

I met Ken and Todd at the airport, and we flew up to Oroville for their 4th July fly-in.

Ken and Todd left shortly after Chris and Martin arrived, so I hung around with them for a while, then headed back.  I went and flew over the house, but nobody came out and waved.

In the evening, we watched "A Quiet Place," (again) before going to bed early to try and avoid the worst of the fireworks.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

July 3rd

I got up early and flew over to Placerville for their pancake breakfast - I didn't eat, as I'd been aiming to meet Chris for lunch.

When I told Judi (who was running the event) that I'd be flying back to Cameron Park (where she lives) to meet Chris, she wanted to come along with me, leaving her husband to fly their Pipistrel back by himself.

Chris and Kayley, his daughter, were short on time, so we didn't go to Columbia like he'd hoped, or Sutter like I'd thought.  We just went to Auburn.  We flew past his house, then he flew close to me to get some video with his Insta360.  Which, it turned out, didn't have a charged battery.  Doh.

I left him to go home and get yelled at for being late and headed back to Lincoln.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

July 2nd

Randy and I went to breakfast, then flew around Beale Air Force Base.

When we got back, we got to see the SNJ that's been parked in our hangar for a couple of years actually fly :o)

Back at his place, his EVSE had arrived, so we bolted that to the wall, plugged it in and went through the set up so he can now charge his car at 7KW.

Friday, July 2, 2021

July 1st

A new month, so here are the stats:

Power billed
Power generated

I went up on the roof and glued down (hopefully) some loose tiles and washed the solar panels.  I pretty much pissed away the rest of the day :o)

Thursday, July 1, 2021

June 30th

I went down to Walnut Creek to see John and his new (well, in the last few years) house.  We had lunch, chatted about things and stuff, and the car made it there and back on one charge :o)