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In a Dry Spell

Snow-capped mountain near Susanville, CA.
Snow-capped mountain near Susanville, CA

It hasn’t really been since the middle of November since I flew last, it just seems that way…

I had a good string of flights going for a while – at least once a week. Then I took on a project installing an ADS-B solution for a friend. That is just about finished – not sure I’ll do that again for an aircraft that old (1968) with a full instrument panel and dual radio stack.

The wiring was a mess – not all the avionics were installed at the same time. Some came as replacement of previous radios, some just initial installations. It was obvious that some work was done on a time basis as unused wiring wasn’t removed.

Fogged-in mountain lake.
Fogged-in mountain lake.

That project is pretty much wrapped up – we had the transponder/encoder check done last week. He just needs to go fly it and get the ADS-B report, then apply for his rebate.

Of course, all of the time I was stuck under the panel we had weather with temperatures in the 50s. Now that I have my free time back we have barely gotten into the 40s and this is the second weekend in a row with winter storm warnings.

Those temperatures make it unlikely that I will work in an unheated hangar. Top it off with an annual that ran out December 31st and it appears that I’ll be grounded for a while. I need about a week of solid work to finish off the annual. Once in a while we have a string of nice temps that would permit it but nothing on the horizon for a while.

Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, NV.

So, like the rest of you in cold climates with winter weather, I’ll spend my time reading my magazines, watching videos and taking aviation courses until we thaw out. It’ll seem like a long time but it won’t be too long.

We can always start making AirVenture plans….

Back Flying and Writing Again

Occasionally life gets in the way and time passes way faster than you imagined. As I look back at this site I see that I haven’t published anything since way back in January. Almost a year has passed and I imagine that most of the regular readers here have moved on. Oh well, publishing on sites like this are often more for the writer than the reader. Sort of a way to clear your head.

When we last left off I had just given a new friend an EAA Eagle Flight – designed to introduce adults to the world of aviation if they have expressed a sincere interest in learning what flying is all about. That friend is now finishing up his final flight requirements for his private pilot certificate. I expect him to schedule his checkride before the end of the year.

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Fitting ourselves into the Swift cockpit.

Paying it Forward

Anyone who has any experience with the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) has heard of their Young Eagle Program. It introduces kids aged 8-17 to the world of aviation with a Stem-oriented briefing that covers the very basics of flying, the Young Eagle Program itself and flight line safety. Then they are given a an orientation flight. All this is provided at no cost to the child or his/her parents. The printed materials are provided by EAA and the flights are provided by volunteer EAA members. There are also follow-on benefits for kids who pursue their aviation education.

The response to the Young Eagle program continues to be very positive and, as expected, some parents watching the program in action have asked how they can get the same type of experience.  Enter EAA’s Eagle Flight Program.

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