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Flight 35 - North and South

Posted 09-16-2015 at 04:20 PM by n122vu

I've been so busy the last week blogging has moved to the back burner, even though sharing the excitement of my first solo cross-country has been the first thing on my mind.

I'd taken 1/2 day vacation and was up early that morning getting the latest weather and winds aloft. The plan was to take off at 8 am, fly north to SIV, land, take a quick break, then fly back. I ended up taking off about an hour later than planned due to SIV being socked in with 3-4 nm visibility due to fog....
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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 20 - A Waltz in 34Q Time

Posted 03-12-2015 at 10:53 AM by n122vu

After five weeks out of the cockpit (hopefully the last such multi-week delay of the season) I finally got some time in last night. It was good to see 34Q. I'd actually missed the plane. I think I may have a problem.....but I digress.

Preflight was straightforward. The new leading edges on the horizontal stabilizer look great, even if they are green and un-painted (she's still scheduled for a new paint job this month). It wasn't until I was sitting in the park after my lesson,...
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PC Build 2015 - Well, that escalated quickly!

Posted 02-20-2015 at 03:28 PM by n122vu
Updated 02-20-2015 at 04:12 PM by n122vu

Monday was a 'snow' day, as we received about 8 inches of snow beginning late the previous evening and continuing throughout the day. As such, I decided to work from home.

In between writing blocks of code and working on a SharePoint installation, I began step-by-step assembly of the machine my home network has now come to know as Warbird. By the end of the day I had the motherboard, PSU, CPU & Fan, HDD, RAM, and GPU installed. All that was left was to mount the SSD. Just...
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The Old Shall Be Made New

Posted 10-09-2014 at 01:09 PM by n122vu
Updated 10-09-2014 at 01:21 PM by n122vu

Er, replaced with new that is.

A few weeks back I learned that when 34Q was down for her next 100-hour, she'd be getting a new engine and new avionics. That time has come - my instructor texted me this morning with the 'unfortunate' news. Unfortunate, because this means I won't be flying next week. At all. And, although I'm discouraged about the fact that this will mean another three week stretch between flying, I'm excited to see her with the new hardware and hear the roar of...
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