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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with flying, and learning to fly. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a while.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for my experience.
Specifically, I have a page for my Trips to Oshkosh, the mecca for pilots

Table of Content for flying:

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2019/03/17 Calgary's Hangar Flight Museum
π 2019-03-17 01:01 in Flying, Museums
During a very short trip in Calgary, I went to check out the Hangar Flight Museum on the way back to the airport to fly home. It wasn't a huge museum, but it was my first aviation museum in canada, so that was reason enough to go :)
A very nice volunteer gave me a tour. The whole museum can be done in 1H or so, but I spent a bit longer:




interesting ripoff of the Wright Flyers
interesting ripoff of the Wright Flyers


The Avro Arrow was supposed to be a Mach2+ fighter, but was sadly scrapped, dealing a big blow to Canadian aviation designs
The Avro Arrow was supposed to be a Mach2+ fighter, but was sadly scrapped, dealing a big blow to Canadian aviation designs



hard to believe that jet engine fits in the Havilland Vampire
hard to believe that jet engine fits in the Havilland Vampire


interesting twin boom design, jet exhaust was pointing down, so you couldn't do a static runup without melting the runway :)
interesting twin boom design, jet exhaust was pointing down, so you couldn't do a static runup without melting the runway :)

Havilland Vampire is definitely an interesting early jet
Havilland Vampire is definitely an interesting early jet








Also, nearby was the aviation section of the Military Museum:



Canada used CF104/starfighters are nuclear bombers
Canada used CF104/starfighters are nuclear bombers














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2019/01/22 Christchurch's Air Force Museum of New Zealand
π 2019-01-22 01:01 in Flying
Another country, another flight museum. New Zealand doesn't have an airforce anymore, so they have more planes they can show off now. A nice docent gave me a private tour of their restauration area:
















2019/01/18 Day Flight From Queenstown to Mt Cook, and Glacier Heli Hike
π 2019-01-18 01:01 in Flying, Trips
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We were supposed to fly to Franz Joseph Glacier, but we ended up with bad weather there, so we redirected to Mt Cool instead (took a lot of advance planning to make that happen, but I had spent days looking up both locations, had all the phone numbers on hand, and the cell phones to call for go/no go decisions).
True South Flights confirmed with us that weather would allow them to pick us up again later that day, and they flew us to Mt Cook as the clouds were lifting:









Mt Cook airport
Mt Cook airport


We then got some basic gear and transfered to the heli hike:



Jennifer helped taking pictures since she had a better seat
Jennifer helped taking pictures since she had a better seat


hard to tell that this is all a glacier with the dirt on top
hard to tell that this is all a glacier with the dirt on top

but it looks like this
but it looks like this




we got nice crampons to walk on the ice
we got nice crampons to walk on the ice



Jennifer showed us how to use a pick axe :)
Jennifer showed us how to use a pick axe :)



nice cave
nice cave










And after a good time on the ice, it was time to fly back off the glacier. I got a front seat for the flight back, so I got better pictures:





this is the edge of the glacier that melts into a lake, with a few visible icebergs
this is the edge of the glacier that melts into a lake, with a few visible icebergs




We had a bit of time before our glacier explorer (boat tour on the ice lake), so we went to the visitor center, which was quite good:


nice picture of the glacier
nice picture of the glacier



Next, we took the our tour bus for the glacier explorer to go look at the melting glacier in the lake it created:








I tried to take a souvenir home, but somehow it didn't quite make it
I tried to take a souvenir home, but somehow it didn't quite make it

that's what the glacier actually looks like at the point it breaks into icebergs
that's what the glacier actually looks like at the point it breaks into icebergs




We then spent a bit of time in the lodge museum while waiting for the plane:





Last, but not least, a few pictures of the plane trip back:





back in queenstown airport
back in queenstown airport

This was a good day, not cheap with the plane ride, but awesome visit of the glacier.

2018/11/27 Pearl Harbour's Pacific Aviation Museum
π 2018-11-27 01:01 in Flying
As part of Pearl Harbour's visit, there is a small-ish aviation museum. Sadly, due to the rest we went to see that day, we only had 70mn to visit, which was barely enough. The place wasn't very big, so while I had to take a few pictures of text I read later, we barely got to see all the planes and displays:




actual bullet holes from the pearl harbour attack
actual bullet holes from the pearl harbour attack

















2018/10/19 Visitng the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum
π 2018-10-19 01:01 in Flying
The museum is in an old hangar that used to be part of an air force base that is now way gone, with even its runway replaced by houses. There is a nice B52 parked outside, which feels surreal since it seems that there is no way it could have gotten there with all the streets and houses around:










a nice B1A lancer prototype
a nice B1A lancer prototype



a land speed record vehicle
a land speed record vehicle













As a special bonus, they had the actual X-Wing starfighter from the star wars movies:



The museum also had a small space portion:



So, I'll be honest in saying that it was not the best plane museum I've seen, partially because it was not that big (about 2H to get around it), but also because despite the big hangar space, planes were piled up in a way that it was hard to see them, which was kind of a shame. Still, if you are in the Denver area, it's still worth a visit.

2018/10/13 Madrid's Museo del Aire
π 2018-10-13 01:01 in Flying, Spain2018
Just outside of Madrid, Museo del Aire is actually a pretty good air museum. It is free (but accepts donations), so it does not have a lot of funds, and some of the signs were damaged by weather and waiting replacement. Nonetheless, what they had is worth the trip if you're interested in planes. Minus side is the opening hours that are quite limited: only 10:00 to 14:00.

Half the collection is outdoors and the other half inside hangars:

















Multiple hangars with more aircraft:


















Nice collection of engines:







The last (or actually first) hangar had world war 1 planes:





I also have to give them credit for recognizing the French inventor, Clement Ader, who made the first heavier than air flying machine (using a heavy steam engine), 6 years before the wright brothers. Sadly that machine didn't work well but it still flew:


The museum was definitely worth at least 2H if you care about flying things :)

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2018/09/14 Reno Air Races
π 2018-09-14 01:01 in Flying
Oh boy, it had been 11 years already since I last flew to the Reno Air Races with Jennifer. Arnaud nicely invited me to join him in his plane, so it was hard to say no, even if my schedule was super packed before and after that weekend.
His TBM got us there in no time:




Reno Air Races had nice static displays as well as planes on display when they were not flying:





some races used very small planes, less drag, more speed
some races used very small planes, less drag, more speed


purple, nice...
purple, nice...

looks fast
looks fast







Other static displays:


Brian Shul seems to be at all those airshows
Brian Shul seems to be at all those airshows

that is one big ass engine :)
that is one big ass engine :)

one vendor had a collection of lots of engines parts broken by overwork
one vendor had a collection of lots of engines parts broken by overwork

valve that fell into a piston and melted
valve that fell into a piston and melted

There were multiple airshows, they were not bad :)




biplane with propeller plus jet
biplane with propeller plus jet

honda jet demo, it was super quiet
honda jet demo, it was super quiet







And of course, they had races, that's what the whole event was about afterall :)







Great 2.5 days in Reno, thanks Arnaud.

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2018/09/11 Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum North of Seattle
π 2018-09-11 01:01 in Flying
This was Paul Allen's personal museum at KPAE with his collection of aircrafts and some missiles, bombs and tanks (Paul just passed as I'm writing this). I had been there quickly ages ago, and it was nice to go back for a better visit with my friend Steve Podradchik from Seattle Avionics who came to join me for the visit.

The Boeing factory is on the other side of the field, so you get to see random planes that have just been built
The Boeing factory is on the other side of the field, so you get to see random planes that have just been built







Great to see a reminder of how big the V2 rocket was
Great to see a reminder of how big the V2 rocket was

The earlier V1 flying bombs
The earlier V1 flying bombs

I had never seen this V1 with suicide mission pilot (Rechenberg)
I had never seen this V1 with suicide mission pilot (Rechenberg)


The 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan
The 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan

a more powerful and smaller bomb
a more powerful and smaller bomb







It was great to re-visit the museum. Thanks to my friend Steve for joining me.

2018/09/11 Historic Flight Foundation North of Seattle
π 2018-09-11 01:01 in Flying
Just minutes from Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum by KPAE, is another small museum: Historic Flight Foundation. I went to check it out and because it was the end of the day, I got a private tour of some of their planes, which was well worth the price of entry :)





nice glass instruments in the middle :)
nice glass instruments in the middle :)








It's not huge, but definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area.

2018/08/26 IFR-like Flight to Burning Man and Back
π 2018-08-26 01:01 in Bm, Flying
On the flight up, we happened to fly by the Delta where we had ephemerisle a few weeks prior



By the time we go to pyramid lake, the visibility was pretty terrible due to fires in the area and if I weren't for GPS, I wouldn't have gotten to Burning Man. It was very hard to see even when I got there. It took several passes until I was finally able to find the runway and keep it in view long enough to get aligned with it



once on the ground you could see, but in the air, not so much
once on the ground you could see, but in the air, not so much

As usual, we taped the plane carefully:


The flight back was slightly nicer. The plane was packed with luggage we had to bring back. It was monday by then, so many people had left already:


still some car pulsing
still some car pulsing

city looks more thin by then
city looks more thin by then


both the man and temple had burned by then
both the man and temple had burned by then




The flight back was pretty uneventful:


Moffett
Moffett



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