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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    Absolutely! It was this one.

    Here's how I had it set up during my flight.


    The curled corners of my nav log occurred post-flight after I placed it in my bag, a result of what leads to my only complaint - it folds up so the clips are on the outside. I guess this is good in that it prevents it from inadvertently folding between your legs during flight, but as a consequence, quickly folding it up and placing it in a flight bag results in exactly this issue. Several reviewers on Sportys.com mentioned this as a detriment and reduced their overall rating accordingly.

    There are foam pads underneath at the top and bottom of both sides of the desk that prevent it from slipping off your lap. I was skeptical even after reading the good reviews but they really do work quite well.
    Posted 09-02-2015 at 07:47 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    Sweet.

    That lapdesk you purchased -- have you got a link? I'm probably shorter than you and need a booster seat in order to see above the glareshield of an Archer, much less a Skyhawk and I may need something like that in the future.
    Posted 09-02-2015 at 05:18 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Yeah I'm sort of in the same boat. It's either this FBO or the Airport Authority. The next closest airport is KBMG, ~60 min drive to the North, their rates for a 172 are comparable, but theirs are C172S/P models that are more than 20 years newer.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 03:04 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Our FBO has pretty much come out and said that they don't care for their renters or most of the piston planes based on the field. TZR gets a lot of corporate jet traffic. I've seen a line guy stop in mid-refueling a local piston plane to go kiss the boots of a biz jet that had just landed. The local guy had to wait almost 45 mins to get is top off finished. We have no self serve pump.

    That being said, our rental prices are still $75 to $100 cheaper then the next closest FBO (excluding clubs. No clubs at TZR though) So I just deal with the less than stellar service and keep the driving to a min. TZR is really close to home and its where my work flies out of.

    I'm in talks to go in on a Mooney M20 with some other pilots but so far no one can really pull the trigger. Still haven't found the right airframe for the right price.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 02:43 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
    Updated 08-05-2015 at 02:45 PM by zerofay32
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Yeah it stinks. Not to sound too entitlement-minded, but I almost feel it would be good business for them to give myself and the other 4 pilots left over from last year some sort of discount on the rate. We're their bread and butter, and the whole reason they could afford the upgrades in the first place. I'm ok with the delays, it's part of flying. It's been the whole way they've handled it that has left the bad taste in my mouth. Days or weeks with no communication about the status of work, downtimes, etc. It's piss-poor customer service. Having the experience and background both in the service industry and in IT that I have, good customer service is something that matters to me and I expect it from a professionally-run business. This FBO, from an administrative standpoint, is run by the business office of a locally owned and operated company with a global presence and a recognized name. They know how vital communicating with customers and suppliers is, so I hold them to a pretty high standard.

    I may rent 34Q for personal flying and maintaining currency once I get my PPL, but for any further ratings I'll likely go to the other FBO and learn in their Warrior.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 02:26 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    You're still ahead of me, even at $125. Our most expensive 172 is an old C.A.P. plane, decent avionics, still only a garmin 155 (but it works most of the time), higher horsepower engine, long range fuel tanks, and it's $125. Still... can't beat getting a 430 at that per/hr price.

    But it always hurts when the FBO decides to raise the rates.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 02:13 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Thanks Artlav! It's not too bad. More difficult is the physical tiredness from another lesson Monday evening, will be posting about it later this week. In short I was introduced to soft field landings, first time I've done any maneuver involving full elevator deflection in about 8 months, and I could tell afterward.

    Oh, and apparently since the upgrades are complete, 34Q is worth more, now she's $125/hr wet
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 11:00 AM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Congratulations!
    How is the emotional fallout a week later?

    I've been contemplating getting a pilot license for a while, if only it wasn't so over-regulated around here. With the nearest "private-grade" airport being 300 km away there isn't that much point to outweight the complications.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 08:48 AM by Artlav Artlav is online now
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Congratulations! Here I could only dream of such a wet rate..198 €/h at the nearest club, incidentally at the same airport where the Aermacchi M-346 jet trainers are assembled.
    Posted 08-04-2015 at 02:03 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    95/hr!? Dang. Our cheapest 172 is $99 wet and it's the dog of the fleet, awful avionics, not even IFR rated. I guess I need to move down to southern Indiana.
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 11:40 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Wet rate is $95/hour.

    I only use the GPS currently when heading back from the practice area. For cross country training it'll be paper charts, fly the headings, and look down at the ground for the landmarks.
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 08:14 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Wow! What does she cost per hour?

    I wish we had 430s in our rental fleet. The best we have is a partly functional 155.

    The planes we have for work have 430s and 530s. They are very nice to have, I've even shot a GPS approach off one this last spring in IMC. Make sure to learn to navigate the 'old fashioned' way, just in case your instructor or pilot examiner decides that it just 'died' mid flight. They have a habit of doing that, especially on a checkride.
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 07:51 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
    Updated 08-03-2015 at 07:54 PM by zerofay32
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Thanks

    It's actually a 1975 C172M. Yes, the paint job is new, fresh as of April. The majority of the delays have been due to the fact they've just recently completed a nose-to-tail restoration, the final piece of which was the brand new engine. Also added were a GNS430 WAAS and CDI as well as a complete interior restoration including new seats & plastic throughout, replacing the original 70's-era orange leather door paneling, seating, and tweed-looking seat inlays (below - this is not 34Q, but this is the interior leather she used to have).



    It's a really sharp plane inside & out and much nicer for rental customers than it was previously.
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 07:20 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
    Updated 08-03-2015 at 07:27 PM by n122vu
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Congratulations mate. After all that buildup, hard work, disappointment and waiting, you have more than earned it.

    Keep on keeping on! I'm insanely jealous, I might have to start taking flying lessons now (though last time I suggested this to my wife she didn't seem as keen as me, for some reason).
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 07:14 PM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Great Work! I remember on my first solo, taking off and looking to the right to check for traffic, an seeing the right seat empty; that's when it hit me that I was flying a plane by myself.

    Cross Countries are the best! It's when you finally use the plane to go someplace (even if its just to another airport 50 NM away). For me, I was always looking forward to the next milestone, Solo, cross country, solo x-county. But one thing I was really looking forward for was the night flying. Truly a challenge, but some of my best landings have been at night.

    Is that a C172 S model? Paint job looks fairly new. Our FBO has a couple beat up C172Ns and a P model. But they are well taken care of.

    Happy Flying!
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 06:42 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
  16. Old Comment
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    Flight 25 - Over the River

    Thanks, definitely motivated, getting closer. New blog post coming later today. In short - First Solo was last Tuesday
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 01:35 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flight 25 - Over the River

    Keep at it. I just got my PPL this last May. Took me just over a year and a half and 42 single engine hours. (I had a total of 50 but I was able to get 8 free Multi hours during work last spring. We fly in Piper Navajos). I fly out of KTZR in Columbus, OH
    Posted 08-03-2015 at 12:57 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
  18. Old Comment
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    This Old "Thing"

    You'd be STUNNED to find out just how sensitive those engines are to tolerances. Or, more likely, they found out that some knuckleheaded new hire used the wrong cleaner on the crankcase halves and there's still soap residue in the pores of the case, and they need to be cleaned PROPERLY.
    Posted 06-26-2015 at 07:40 PM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    Flight 24 - Bring Me Solo

    She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.

    Now that the Jr. Cruiser is graduating college soon, I may take a look at getting a sport license. It would be just the thing for the region around here (and the fall foliage from the air would be a sight to see).
    Posted 06-26-2015 at 03:52 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  20. Old Comment
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    Flight 24 - Bring Me Solo

    You're soloing in that thing? You're braver than I thought!

    Seriously though -- when the time is right, the time is right. The only thing I feel would be meaningful to say is this: take your time, enjoy the experience, feel the synergy, think things through and don't be surprised if that Skyhawk jumps off the ground (you've got a >100# weight difference you won't be flying with when you solo).

    In other words, hell yeah for making it this far!
    Posted 06-20-2015 at 03:59 PM by Scav Scav is offline

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