Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The bee may kiss the butterfly,
The sparkling wine may kiss the glass, and you my friend . . .
Here's to the glass,
Here's to the girl with the pretty . . .
All roads have wires,
All women have desires,
And all pilot's are liars
when I ramble, sit, and think;
Here's to me in my drunken mood . . .
But when my flying days are over
and from this world I pass,
I hope they bury me upside down
so the world can kiss my ass!
The sun has blessed you with its warm hands
You have flown so high and so well
That God has joined you in your laughter
and set you gently back into the loving arms of mother earth.
In days gone by, I’ve proved my worth
By zooming low across the earth.
I’ve buzzed the valleys and the mountain ridges,
I’ve dove my craft beneath the bridges.
I’ve looped and spun and rolled my wings,
I’ve sung the songs that pilots sing.
I’ve tried most stunts, it must be said,
Yet never learnt to use my head.
So here’s a toast - To you and me!
But you drink both, I’m dead...you see.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
While 121.5 MHz ELT's are still legal, many pilots who fly cross country choose to install the modern replacement, a 406 MHz ELT. A 406 also transmits on 121.5, but there are many differences. 406 is the only beacon monitored by satellite now, and a basic system gives a position accurate to 1-3 miles, which gives a search area of 25 sq miles, much better than when 121.5 was monitored by satellite. Civil Air Patrol SAR planes will still look for the beacon, but they start with a much smaller area. Some 406 ELTs have a GPS interface (or built in GPS) and transmit those coordinates with the beacon signal, giving a position accurate within 300 feet, all but eliminating the need for "search" in "search and rescue". Unlike 121.5, which is totally anonymous, a 406 ELT is registered to a specific owner, and the owner must keep a government-run database up to date with contact info, so as soon as an ELT is triggered, the command center knows who it belongs to and their phone numbers, since a majority of beacons are false alarms and under the old system a lot of time and money was wasted searching for beacons coming from the back of a mail truck (when they were shipped without removing the battery) or one that went off after a hard landing. In fact at the Oshkosh fly-in, its not uncommon to see CAP cadets walking around with DF antennas searching the aircraft campgrounds for a rogue ELT.
While a 406 ELT with GPS can cost over $2500 (plus install) many pilots choose to carry a cell-phone sized PLB, or Personal Locator Beacon on board their aircraft. Designed for backcountry hikers, hunters, boaters, etc. almost all PLBs have built-in GPS and are built to military specifications for water, dust and vibration. Most even float. A PLB is not a legal replacement for an ELT, so you can't remove your old ELT if you choose to carry a PLB, but with most units under $300 its a more affordable option to get the enhanced SAR capability of 406. There are some other advantages to a portable beacon, such as if a plane lands in water or burns after a crash landing, the pilot can carry the PLB out and trigger it from a safe distance, as the hard-wired ELT would be destroyed. A downside is a PLB is manually activated, not shock activated, like an ELT, so if a pilot is unconscious after a crash, a PLB would not be helpful. If money allows, carrying both a PLB and 406 ELT gives the best of both worlds.
The FAA does not currently mandate 406 ELTs, although there is talk in Canada and Mexico of requiring them, although those mandates keep being pushed back and are at a minimum currently 2 years away.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
|Briana, Me and Katja|
Monday, August 15, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Ocean City, NJ makes a great day trip to the beach if you are a pilot in the DC area. When you leave the airport, take a left and walk down the road until you see an empty lot. At the empty lot turn right and keep walking until you hit the beach, it should be about a five minute walk. It will lead you to a residential area where things aren't as crowded. Today, however, it was due to summer coming to a close for school kids. It was also crowded with many jelly fish that had washed ashore. I stepped on one, it was a pretty disgusting feeling that my big toe has yet to recover from :o)
The flight home was smooth, the moon shone very brightly and left some eerie shadows on the rivers below us and on landing. We watched airlines arrive into Baltimore and could see Frederick's strobe at just over twenty miles out. I was in perfect line for a straight in final and lined up for just that. However, when we got closer to the airport we realized I had lined up on the wrong side! They had moved the beacon since the last time we flew! It was quite a fun night and a quarter to midnight about the time we pushed the 172 back in the hangar and scrubbed off some of the bugs.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
A year ago he told me I wouldn't be able to get my aviation medical.
Today I tell him that it doesn't matter.
Today I tell him that I did.
Never underestimate the power of one's dreams.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|Mercury program display|
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
|On final at BKL - Cleveland on the left, Lake Erie on the right|
|Where I've flown for food!|
I rated it three stars on my Yelp $100 Hamburger list and was happy to find another fly-to meal, which Cleveland has plenty to offer. For more on my recent $100 Hamburgers check out the tab above. Looking at the map on of the ones I have reviewed, it looks like I need to start moving westward!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
For more pictures of one of the most stunning places on Earth, check out the gallery!