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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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2015/11/19 Visit of the Golden Gate San Francisco Coast Guard
π 2015-11-19 00:00 in Flying
Thanks to San Carlos Flying Club, we got invited to visit the Coast Guard:






2015/11/03 I've been a Pilot for 10 years
π 2015-11-03 00:00 in Flying
Stats:
  • 627H of flight
  • 42H of night flying, only 6.3H of actual instrument flying
  • 6 landing shorts of 1000 landings, 1 night landing short of 100
  • 131 instrument landings, 490H in high performance, 172H complex
  • I'm checked out in C152, C172, C172RG, C182, C182TR, M21K (Mooney 231 Turbo Retract), TB20 (Trinidad), SR20, SR22, TSR22, Mooney Acclaim.
  • Highlights:

  • I got to fly an extra 300 twice, and for dogfighting no less, with Sky Combat Ace :) ( 1 and 2 ).
  • Also did some dogfighting in with Air Combat USA
  • I also got to fly a pretty good 737 simulator in Perth and Auckland
  • I got to try flying a glider (need to try more of this)
  • I got to try paragliding and hang gliding.
  • It was cool to have flown myself to burning man several times, the perfect place to take advantage of personal flying.
  • But probably the most practical use of my license has been to fly to Willows airport where I've been racing my car. Turns out I've flown there 31 times so far, not bad.
  • Another reason to learn flying was to go skiing. As expected, it was never helpful for Tahoe, but I got to fly to Mammoth a few times ( 1, 2, 3).
  • I've flown myself to Oshkosh 3 times, in SR22, TSR22 G3, and Mooney Acclaim
  • And just for good measure, I jumped out of a perfectly good plane.
  • Destinations: I got to do other nice real cross country flights with nice destinations I woudn't have driven to:

  • Shelter Cove to hike the lost coast trail
  • Yellowstone
  • Seattle/San Juan
  • Grand Canyon to hike down and back up
  • Palm Springs
  • Colorado Rockies, Grand Canyon, Death Valley
  • Unexpected experiences in 10 years:

  • Got a stuck starter after engine start in Visalia and had to abandon the plane
  • Got a bird strike while under the hood at night.
  • Got a 2nd bird strike after flying back a Mooney 231 with a dead battery I had to jump start with a car (flock of birds took off as I was landing)
  • Got a dead starter in Willows and had to abandon the plane
  • And to top it off, got a turbo oil leak in a C182TR which led to an engine failure and dead stick landing at burning man
  • Engine Failure After Landing
    Engine Failure After Landing

    Lowlight?
    I flew my first 200H in 1H, 500H within the first 5 years, but only flew 127 hours in the second 5 years.
    Yeah, that's kind of sad in one way, but I kind of know why. It's a combination of:

  • In my earlier years, I spent a lot of years training to higher levels, IFR, went to increasing faster planes all the way to the 240kts Mooney Acclaim (I never cared for doing commercial, doesn't seem that useful to me, and I never went for twin aircraft because the ones I can fly are not faster, hard to find for rent, and I don't think I'd stay proficient enough in them to be safe).
  • I flew to a lot of the places I wanted to fly to around where we live
  • I have many other hobbies, so I stopped flying randomly just for adding flying hours :) (I'll go fly for a purpose/destination though, but just have fewer now). I didn't really quit flying, but I'll mostly go fly with a purpose.
  • Does that mean I'm getting a sucky and rusty pilot? I would hope not. While I might not be able to do the best heavy crosswind landings due to lack of practise, or hard IFR, I at least feel that I continue to be capable of flying in weather, or in a pitch dark night, so my flying seems to be enough to keep my skills, so that's good news.

    And as parting words, some of my bestof bestof pictures:

    nice picture from Jim Gerber, flying his TB20
    nice picture from Jim Gerber, flying his TB20

    My trusty copilot :)
    My trusty copilot :)

    flying over the great barrier reef in Australia
    flying over the great barrier reef in Australia

    flying a trike over kawaii
    flying a trike over kawaii

    being towed in a glider
    being towed in a glider

    flying an extra
    flying an extra


    Air Combat USA
    Air Combat USA


    An obvious thing to do is to fly the San Francisco Bay Tour:

    on a bay tour, we used to hold by the racetrack waiting for a bravo clearance. Now, it's been replaced by a bunch of condos :(
    on a bay tour, we used to hold by the racetrack waiting for a bravo clearance. Now, it's been replaced by a bunch of condos :(













    Stanford
    Stanford


    SFO airport
    SFO airport




    Of course, we are super lucky to live close to the Sierras with so much nice scenery:






    Lee Vining
    Lee Vining

    Mono Lake
    Mono Lake

    Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite
    Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite

    Hetch Hetchy is too full and drained
    Hetch Hetchy is too full and drained


    Then, Vegas and the Grand Canyon sure isn't bad either:

    North Las Vegas
    North Las Vegas



    The hoover dam before they built the bypass bridge
    The hoover dam before they built the bypass bridge

    Later, the bridge was built
    Later, the bridge was built



    walk over the grand canyon cliff
    walk over the grand canyon cliff


    Other Misc pictures:

    landing at Catalina airport
    landing at Catalina airport

    flying over LAX airport
    flying over LAX airport


    Mt Rushmore
    Mt Rushmore



    landing at Oshkosh...
    landing at Oshkosh...

    Moffett, back when it had a blimp
    Moffett, back when it had a blimp

    Yellowstone
    Yellowstone



    Glacier Park
    Glacier Park



    Salt Lake City's Salt Lake
    Salt Lake City's Salt Lake

    Hawaii road taken over by lava
    Hawaii road taken over by lava

    Lava meeting the water
    Lava meeting the water

    Another road to nowhere
    Another road to nowhere



    Molokini Crater in Maui
    Molokini Crater in Maui

    Mt Haleakala in Maui
    Mt Haleakala in Maui

    Awesome craters
    Awesome craters




    Mt St Helens Volcano, Washington
    Mt St Helens Volcano, Washington

    Castle AFB and Museum
    Castle AFB and Museum


    Flying over Dordogne, France
    Flying over Dordogne, France




    New Apple Campus
    New Apple Campus

    Moffett Wind Tunnel
    Moffett Wind Tunnel

    Burning Man
    Burning Man


    Weather and Sunsets:


    crashing wave
    crashing wave





    And that was it for 10 years, here's to the next 10 years! :)

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