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Flight 17 - "One Last Time"...or..."New Years Flyin' Eve"

Posted 01-05-2015 at 01:03 PM by n122vu

I took the last 2 days of 2014 as my last 2 vacation days for the year, mainly in hopes that somewhere in those 2 days I'd get some time in the air. I texted Randy Tuesday morning asking if there was any chance of flying that day or the next, letting him know I was available the entirety of both days. I didn't get a response by early evening and assumed he was away for the holidays.

Around 18:30 local I got a text asking if 15:00 local the next day would work. Of course it will...
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I Haven't Got Time For The Pane(s)

Posted 12-03-2014 at 03:30 AM by n122vu
Updated 12-03-2014 at 03:32 AM by n122vu

Yes, I spelled that p-a-n-e-s. As in windows. 34Q got new ones installed this afternoon. Got the text from Randy about 5 hours before flight time, said he'd just found out they were putting them in today. And as a result, you guessed it, no flight lesson for me this week.

It's just as well. Here's the METAR for about the time I'd have been finishing my preflight walkaround:

KHNB 022115Z AUTO 23007KT 3SM OVC006 02/00 A3020 RMK AO1

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Flight 16 - Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Posted 11-29-2014 at 02:43 AM by n122vu
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It had been 8 weeks since the last time I was up in 34Q, which is far, far too long. During that time, she had some new goodies installed - Mainly, a Garmin 430 along with a new GPS-enabled Course Direction Indicator (CDI). However, the scheduled engine change and interior refurbishing have yet to occur. More on those later.

I hate cold weather. When it comes to being out in it, I hate it even more. But, you make sacrifices for the ones you love, especially when they have two...
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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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Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

Posted 10-01-2014 at 03:35 AM by n122vu
Updated 10-01-2014 at 12:18 PM by n122vu

So I can...so I can...not see the gauges.

More on that in a few.

Tonight was a good flight all the way around (well, there was one hiccup), and it actually started with my lunch break at work. Let me set this up: As I noted last week, I'd purchased a used headset with ANR (Active Noise Reduction) on eBay last Friday. I had gone home from lunch today, about 30 minutes later than usual, to fire up FSX and/or X-Plane (ended up being FSX) to practice landings. In the...
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