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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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2014/08/26 Flight to Burning Man
π 2014-08-26 00:00 in Bm, Flying
It had been 7 years since my last flight to burning man in 2007, and previous and first flight where I was the one flying in 2006.

You can see most of the flight, airport, and BRC from the sky.

The airport was closed on monday and tuesday morning due to heavy rain that made the playa not good for tires, never mind high pressure small airplane tires. I ended up flying with my two passengers on tuesday afternoon in nice weather.

The flight was eventless. Highway 80 was very empty, everyone had been stuck in Reno waiting to drive up:




Here are some pictures from the sky:


little line of people waiting to get in
little line of people waiting to get in




temple, embrace, and the man
temple, embrace, and the man









The runway and taxiways were quite good, along with a makeshift tower. After landing, we taped up all openings on the plane very carefully, which is no small feat on a retract plane:

very nice visible chevron showing the runway
very nice visible chevron showing the runway



albeit mostly dry, the playa was still collapsing under weight
albeit mostly dry, the playa was still collapsing under weight

it was courageous to fly in a Cirrus at that time
it was courageous to fly in a Cirrus at that time



Big change for the airport were the number of commercial flights, and air terminal, which unfortunately meant a much longer line to get in, and lots of people without paper tickets, severely delaying the rest of us with tickets:



airport humour
airport humour

We took a while to secure the plane, it took over 30mn to tape up everything carefully to make it playa-proof.



all done
all done

Eventually, we got to the gate, but that was as disaster with a 2H+ line due to a single person slowly checking every person, including people with will call tickets :(



after way too long, we finally got through the gate
after way too long, we finally got through the gate

and we were super lucky to get an art car ride into the playa, saving a long walk
and we were super lucky to get an art car ride into the playa, saving a long walk




exodus pulsing (traffic is held in block of 1h to save on gas and frustration)
exodus pulsing (traffic is held in block of 1h to save on gas and frustration)



Pictures of the flight back, also uneventful:


Gerlach
Gerlach





We did a good cleanup of the plane after landing, and it was good as new :)
We did a good cleanup of the plane after landing, and it was good as new :)

Again, you can see most of the flight, airport, and BRC from the sky.

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2014/08/16 Chicago Air And Water Show
π 2014-08-16 00:00 in Flying
Jennifer and I happened to be in Chicago during the right weekend for their annual air and water show. We missed the morning activities, but apparently it's 5H of a lot of waiting and something once in a while in between, with most of the nice stuff in the last 45mn of so. Putting aside this weird (if not to say lam-ish) format for an airshow, what we got to see was fairly nice.

This was only my 2nd time seeing an F22 do an airshow, and while I had seen the thunderbirds before, it never hurts to see them again, they put on a great show.

since there was a whole lot of waiting, many folks used the opportunity to enjoy the 'beach'
since there was a whole lot of waiting, many folks used the opportunity to enjoy the 'beach'



Jennifer got a beautiful dragonfly on her foot
Jennifer got a beautiful dragonfly on her foot














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