Chris was over at Lincoln talking to Bruce about electronic ignition systems, as one of his magnetos is due for a rebuild. Once we were all done, we flew up to Auburn for breakfast - we put my GoPro on Randy's plane so he can watch himself take off and land, and I used Chris' Insta 360. I threw in a little orbit just West of Auburn for some separation from Randy, and it's funny watching it on the Insta :)
Sunday, January 31, 2021
I met Randy at the airport, and we flew up to Auburn for brunch.
Chris had lent me his Insta 360, so I strapped that to the gyro in front of the airbox (like he'd had it on his gyro in the past), and left it recording when we were flying. Chris has had problems with it cutting out, but I found that you need a really fast Micro-SD card, and bought a two-pack. So, this was the first test away from my desk. It recorded just fine all day - I recharged it while we ate. We flew the North Fork down to Folsom Lake, then over to do a lap of Chris' house and then home along part of the South Fork.
Randy came over, and we looked at the footage I'd shot - there's a jello-effect that makes me think I need to shorten the arm of the monopod it's mounted to. Oh, and it would be nice to mount it on the left hand side so you're looking at the airport when you're in the pattern. Doh. Didn't get around to putting anything on YouTube yet.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
I took Tilly to the dog park, where she ran around like an idiot, then she spent the rest of the day sleeping or hobbling around like a little old woman. Which she is.
The weather was iffy for flying, so other than that, I stayed in and did nothing. It was everything I ever dreamed of.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
I flew up to Auburn to meet Chris for brunch.
I had to fly around a bigassed cloud on the way - I didn't feel like climbing to 4,000' to get over it :o)
When we left Wings, there was an Icon A5 in the transient parking by Chris' RV-6A. I don't believe I've ever seen one in the fibreglass before, it's bigger than I thought it was going to be.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Today Was Martin Luther King Jr Day, when Americans celebrate the civil rights pioneer by going shopping in the few stores open.
It was bloody windy.
So Randy and I gave up on flying. Vic and I went to Folsom to look at some pushbikes - she's in the market for a new one, then we went home and pottered around.
Randy called in the afternoon and suggested we go and do some cleaning on the planes, which sounded like a good idea. We cleaned the blades and gave them a coat of wax, so hopefully they'll continue to chirp rather than chuff for longer :o)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
I got up early and picked Randy up on the way to the airport. The plan was to fly to Gnoss, then on to Half Moon Bay if the weather was up to it, but there was a SIGMET for turbulence East of the Coastal Range. I got beaten about, and was up to almost 3,000' when I decided to give up and go home - Randy agreed, but Chris (who was further South at 5,000') said he was carrying on.
We flew the North Fork canyon on the way home, and hit a little turbulence on the way back to Lincoln.
I started the day at the airport, tinkering with my squeaky brakes on the plane. The new brake pads are slightly bigger than the old ones, so I think the lip that's being ground into them is causing a squeak. So I took that lip off with a Dremel - let's see if that changes anything.
Randy showed up (late) and we flew up to Auburn to meet Chris and Vic for brunch. I'd hoped we could play with Chris' new Insta 360 camera, but he was in the RV-6A. Here's a video he's previously shot in that though :o)
Randy had his younger daughter with him, and she's never been down one of the canyons, so we flew the North Fork of the American River on the way back - I think she enjoyed herself :o)
As usual, the ADS-B tracking stuff doesn't like it when we drop below the rim of the canyon :o)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
I took the day off to get some stuff done.
I went and got my eyes tested, and am now waiting for some new glasses.
I then took the car to get its 15,000 mile service. They rotated the wheels (which I can't easily do myself, as there are only 4 of them - usually I involve the spare) and told me the cabin air filter needed changing. Fine, I allowed that because a) I don't know where that filter is b) I don't have a filter to put in and c) it's January, I don't want to be working on the car. So, in 2 years I've now spent just over $68 in servicing on the car. They had a couple of new Corvettes there, with big signs saying "Please Do Not Touch," so I reckon they were already sold.
I went to the Harley Davidson dealer on the way home, to look at the Livewire. They had 3, one in each colour, but being a Harley Davidson dealer, disappointed me... just like when I went in there to look at the Buells, if it isn't a Village People prop, they're not interested in talking to you about it. Oh well. Oh, and apparently they don't care about people ICEing their 2 chargers :o(
Sunday, January 10, 2021
I got up early and flew over to Cameron Park. It was really hazy, probably because I was flying towards the sun.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
I picked Randy up, and we flew to Auburn to meet Chris for brunch.
Chris was playing around with his 360 camera, so we decided to fly back down the North Fork canyon.
I had my GoPro, so I shot a hyperlapse video on the way down. We'll see what Chris managed to video, but he seemed to be having problems with the camera.
Monday, January 4, 2021
I started the day looking at the LiveSectional map again. I just couldn't get it to connect t the network, even after several restarts. Then I looked at the network and found the 2.4Ghz 802.11n was screwed up (I'm mostly using the 5Ghz 802.11ac). I restarted this and everything was fine.
Chris was going to meet me for lunch at 12:00, so I went out to the airport and took the plane out before that.
The weather wasn't great, but I was pottering out towards the river when I heard him approaching from the East, so I turned back.
The weather was still looking odd, so after lunch I just went home.
Vic had taken Tilly to the dog park for about 15 minutes (until Tilly wanted to go home again), so Tilly's spent the afternoon limping around on her sore joints. Getting old sucks.
I went and bought a lot of gas for the planes, and picked Randy up. We had hoped to see Chris, but the weather wasn't great, so we just had lunch at the Spitfire Grill. We'd also hoped to fly, but the weather didn't get better as promised, so we just filled the planes and went home.
I tinkered around with my LiveSectional map, as it keeps freezing. The problem seems to be the WiFi adapter isn't great, and it gets to the point where it can't get the updates. I tried a couple of other adapters, but neither has the drivers in Raspbian, and I'm too lazy to build them myself. I set up a little script to just test the network and restart it if there's a problem.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
We didn't sleep too well, as Sun City had fireworks at midnight, and that set Tilly off. She eventually ended up on the bed, snoring, but by then the damage was done :o(
So, new month, here are the stats:
New Year's Eve. Whatever.
We finally got around to hanging up my latest project, a LiveSectional map. It's a proof on concept more than anything, as I used old maps that I had lying around (the new maps come out in February, so why buy the current ones that are going to be obsolete soon?) We'd tried it in the dining room, but the WiFi didn't want to connect.
It still seems to have a few issues, but I'm working them out.