in Flying, Nflying
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.
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
Grand Canyon to hike down and back up
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
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:
flying over the great barrier reef in Australia
flying a trike over kawaii
being towed in a glider
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 :(
Of course, we are super lucky to live close to the Sierras with so much nice scenery:
Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite
Hetch Hetchy is too full and drained
Then, Vegas and the Grand Canyon sure isn't bad either:
North Las Vegas
The hoover dam before they built the bypass bridge
Later, the bridge was built
walk over the grand canyon cliff
Other Misc pictures:
landing at Catalina airport
flying over LAX airport
landing at Oshkosh...
Moffett, back when it had a blimp
Salt Lake City's Salt Lake
Hawaii road taken over by lava
Lava meeting the water
Another road to nowhere
Molokini Crater in Maui
Mt Haleakala in Maui
Mt St Helens Volcano, Washington
Castle AFB and Museum
Flying over Dordogne, France
New Apple Campus
Moffett Wind Tunnel
Weather and Sunsets:
And that was it for 10 years, here's to the next 10 years! :)