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Flights 28 & 29 - Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Posted 08-06-2015 at 02:59 PM by n122vu
Updated 08-07-2015 at 12:01 PM by n122vu

("Old dog" referring to my age, not my time as a pilot here)

It's been a busy week for me as far as flying goes - for the first time in almost a year I got two flights in. Monday was the first. Already different from the norm in that I usually fly on Tuesdays, this would be a flight that would stretch me, and also teach me some valuable skills with regards to landing an airplane.

Monday, 8/3 I'll skip the uneventful account of preflight & run-up and...
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July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

Posted 08-03-2015 at 03:06 PM by n122vu
Updated 08-03-2015 at 03:09 PM by n122vu

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, ó and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of ó wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovíring there,
Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...."
- John Gillespie Magee, Jr., "High Flight"...
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Flight 25 - Over the River

Posted 07-27-2015 at 07:09 PM by n122vu
Updated 07-28-2015 at 02:57 PM by n122vu (Update title to include flight number)

After another, long, multi-week delay, I finally got back in the air last Tuesday evening. Yes, the engine was back in the plane two weeks ago. However, contrary to what my CFI and I understood, it was a brand new engine that had to be broken in. The first 4 hours on the engine have to be cross-country flight. Not that big a deal, right? If everything goes right, it's not. Since when has anything about these delays gone as expected though? Long story short, on the evening of 7/13 during the...
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This Old "Thing"

Posted 06-26-2015 at 12:43 PM by n122vu

"No. I, um... I can't go in this. It's, uh... It's broken.."

"No, it's not broken, it's being maintained."
- Six Days, Seven Nights

Got a call from my CFI Monday morning. You guessed it. The plane is still down. Or, well, actually, down again. Seems the new engine was installed, everything was looking good. Then they recalled the engine, something related to the cylinders. So DCFS had to pull the engine and ship it back. According...
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Flight 24 - Bring Me Solo

Posted 06-18-2015 at 08:15 PM by n122vu

Seriously. Forget the Wookie, I just want to solo.

Last week's lesson (Tuesday, 6/9) was strictly focused on landings. With a 9-knot direct crosswind, chances of soloing were slim, but I still had hope. However, I went into the lesson disregarding the idea of soloing, just wanting to make up for my previous lesson that proved how bad an idea it is for me to fly when I haven't slept much.

I felt rushed. For some reason I felt rushed for most of the lesson. Maybe...
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