Friday, September 30, 2022

September 29th

We stayed home to get the new fridge delivered.  And pull all the protective tape off it.  Funnily enough, a neighbour just over the road also had a fridge delivered :o)

The high point of my day was Tilly going to the empty space where the old fridge had been to ask for a carrot.  I walked over to the old fridge and got one, then magicked it out of thin air for her.

September 28th

We went to the airport so I could do a test flight post big maintenance...

(I love how ADS-B interpolates a few data points - my flight looked not really like this)

And take Mum up for a flight - we flew up to the Bear Creek canyon and, it would seem, disappeared.

We reappeared when I got above ~1000'...

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September 27th

Dad and I went to the airport via Autozone, where we picked up a box of M6 grease nipples.  That sorted the rotor block out, so we changed the oil and the plane's 200 hour service is complete.

At home, I did all the paperwork, and even had time to put together a video from our arrival at Cameron Park for the Props, Cops & Rodders show on Saturday.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

September 26th

Dad and I went to the airport and started the big service on the plane.  Things were cleaned, oiled, greased, tightened and replaced.  Oh, and one thing was broken.  It's not all finished yet, but it's mostly done.

September 25th

We went to the renaissance faire in Folsom, where we met Shane, Liza and Sara and arranged to go to dinner in the evening.

September 24th

Dad and I got up early and headed to pick Randy up to drive to the airport and fly to Cameron Park for the Props, Cops and Rodders show.

It was cold on the ground, so we wrapped up warm only to find an inversion layer at around 300', where it was warmer.  It got cold again on finals into Cameron Park.

We parked with Chris and Chris and Ray outside PJ's house, and alternated between looking at the cars etc at the show and sitting in PJ's driveway talking.  Vic and Mum drove over and joined us.

When we'd watched the flybys and got hot and tired, we headed back to Lincoln.

When we got back to Lincoln, Randy had managed to get a puncture and roll the tyre off the rim on his gyro.  We put air in the tyre, pulled it into the hangar and put a new innertube in before heading home.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

September 23rd

I'm trying to get the hours on the plane to 1400 in time to do a major service early next week, so I flew Mum to Auburn to meet Dad and Vic (who drove up.)

After lunch, I flew Dad back to Lincoln while Mum and Vic drove to the aquarium store to talk about rehoming a bunch of fish born in Vic's tank.

Friday, September 23, 2022

September 22nd

I drove Mum and Dad to Vacaville so Dad could buy half his body weight in Jelly Belly Jelly Flops.

September 21st

I took the day off, and after pottering around the house all day, went and picked Mum and Dad up from the airport.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

September 19th

It threw it down with rain, so we went to the airport and replaced the radio push to talk switch.

Monday, September 19, 2022

September 18th

The weather was crappy - it even rained! - so I pretty much did nothing all day.  It was everything I dreamed it could be.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

September 17th

I left the house early and met Shane at the airport.  We flew over to Cameron Park.  I'd said to Shane about taking the camera, and we both agreed it wasn't worth the hassle.  So obviously there was a house on fire in Lincoln that we flew past.

At Cameron Park we looked at one of Chris' wheels that had been juddering - we jacked the plane up and span the wheel, noticing that the tyre wasn't even close to round.  Luckily Chris had a spare, so we installed that and went to lunch with PJ.

After lunch, we flew back to Lincoln.  It was bumpy, as the weather's changing right now - there's talk of rain in the next few days.

Shane's plane was due for its 25 hour service, which is just a bunch of torque settings to check.  As we were finishing that, Chris arrived.  His wheel was better, but not fixed completely, so there are some axle bolts he wants to look at when he gets home.

Monday, September 12, 2022

September 11th

I met Shane, PJ and Randy at the airport, where Shane tested his EGT probes and started calibrating his air speed indicator, I did a couple of circuits while I waited for him to get back and Randy took PJ out to Camp Far West Lake and back before we went and got lunch.

(I always love how ADS-B guesses when it doesn't have much data to work from)

September 10th

There's been a fair amount of smoke from the Mosquito fire up by Foresthill, so a lot of flying stuff in the area's been cancelled.  Boo.  So, Vic and I went and met Shane and Liza for breakfast, then Shane and I went to the airport to change his remaining bad exhaust gas temperature probe.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

September 5th

Today was Labo(u)r Day, when Americans celebrate the successes of the union movement by going shopping.

We met Randy at the airport and went for a little flight over Camp Far West Lake Reservoir.  On the way back, there was a long train, so we followed that for a short while too.

After the brief flight, I had to go home and tidy up some stuff for work.

At home we stayed inside to hide from the (112F) heat, so I threw together a short video of the train.

Monday, September 5, 2022

September 4th

I met Randy at the airport, and we flew up to Auburn to meet Shane, Liza and Sara for brunch.

It was chuffing hot, so we didn't do anything exciting on the way home.  The orbit was when I told Randy that the wind coming from 270 meant runway 33 was the best choice, so I did an orbit so we weren't too close together in the pattern :o)

Sunday, September 4, 2022

September 3rd

I met Randy at the airport early, and we flew to Placerville for their pancake breakfast.

It was a little chilly, and we were going to be climbing to ~3500', so I put my jacket on, but as we got to ~900' it warmed up a fair amount.

We left there early, as we both had to meet people at Lincoln around 10:00.

I made Randy chuckle when I called a 2 mile approach, just passing the log pile and an incoming Cessna called to say he was over the log pile.  I pointed out to him that I could see him, and he was actually about 2 miles South of the log pile, and he then agreed with me.

I met Jarron's brother, and showed him Jarron's Air Command - Randy met a powered parachute friend and took him for a flight.

I put together a little video from the flight out to Placerville...

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 1st

It's a new month, so here are the stats:

Power billed
Power generated