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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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2014/09/24 Flight to Willows and improved Bay Tour on the way back
π 2014-09-24 00:00 in Flying
Getting to Willows that morning wasn't too bad once I got on top of the clouds. I had filed an IFR flight plan, but I was running late, knew the IFR release would take a while, and knew I could get on top VFR, so I turned left/west after takeoff (the wrong direction), got on top, and since Norcal was very busy with existing traffic, instead of getting a Bravo Clearance to cross, I just went around south and crossed at 3500ft quicker than I could have made a request from the controller who was rapid firing to a bunch of existing planes.



someone got to willows with a nicer ride than I did :)
someone got to willows with a nicer ride than I did :)

On the way back, it got a bit more interesting. Forecast was for a 5000ft overcast in PAO, so my plan was to fly through oakland and stay under the cloud layer so as not to get trapped on top, but over Oakland, the clouds got as low as the hills I usually cross over, so I ended up flying over the water at 300ft for a while and the controller routed me towards SFO instead. I got an improvised bay tour out of it, and I ended up flying over the bay with San Francisco on my right. By the bay bridge, I figured I'd be better overflying between 2 spans of the bridge instead of the last span and the city since that would put me too close to densely populated area. Interestingly, I ended up having to climb back from 500ft to 3500ft (on top) after that due to headings from the controllers, and needing to stay clear of clouds (going under over san francisco and hills didn't look safe). Eventually I got a hole over Palo Alto and came back down that way. That made for some interesting pictures. I could of course have flown IFR, but the rental plane I had was a backup plane, it was old, and I preferred flying VFR with it than trusting a single VOR needle without any panel GPS in actual IMC if I could avoid it (I did have hand held GPS).










2014/09/11 Scenic Flight Back from Willows Through Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Fogged in San Francisco, SFO Airport, and Stanford
π 2014-09-11 00:00 in Flying
After a good day at Thunderhill, I flew back with David and took the scenic route to make the flight worth it for him :)

Besides the pictures below, you can also look at the album photo for this flight.


Maxwell VOR
Maxwell VOR







Sears Point
Sears Point














Eh, that's the EVA plane I'll be taking in 10 days :)
Eh, that's the EVA plane I'll be taking in 10 days :)

The new SFO tower
The new SFO tower













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