Monthly Archives: November 2005

The Landing

The hardest thing, by far, has been learning to land the airplane. Part of it is the pressure to do a good landing. When I flew by myself to three different airports in a little over four hours I was … Continue reading

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Wheeeee.

The weather is nearly perfect and tomorrow I am going flying. Mom and Alex are being very good sports about the new obsession. When they land from their commercial flight they are making me (and a few guests) a nice … Continue reading

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Book: Free Flight

I should have kept a blog as I was reading these books, but I didn’t know how long my interest in aviation was going to last and certainly didn’t know that I might want to share my musings about it … Continue reading

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Ahhhh.

I played hooky today. I was supposed to work on the kitchen, putting in the moldings, end cap for the dishwasher, kickplate all around, and other really rewarding tasks. These are the worst sort of home improvements because they take … Continue reading

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Bad Crack

I was foiled in my attempt to get a check ride in a 172 today by a need to be at work. The itch to fly was exacerbated by Colin having a flight lesson in Irvine in the Diamond DA40. … Continue reading

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Looking for Checkout

Well here is a fine kettle of fish. I do not own a plane. I must rent other people’s airplanes. Unsurpisingly, especially if they have read a word that is posted here, these people wish to have some concrete demostration … Continue reading

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Withdrawl

The withdrawal symptoms are bad. Apparently there is something about air breathed at altitude while hearing loud engine noises that causes endorphins to flow. In any case I am not only acutely aware that the last time I flew was … Continue reading

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The Culminating Event

As great as it was to fly all over the Los Angeles basin and out into the desert with Adam, yesterday was really the image in my head that brought me down to Santa Monica airport to begin with. I … Continue reading

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Instrument Flying

There is tremendous satisfaction in flying precisely by instruments. Keeping the altitude at exactly four thousand five hundred feet as you glide along held in the fingertips of the atmosphere is an accomplishment. As it becomes more and more automatic, … Continue reading

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