Thursday, August 30, 2012

Negative Tailwinds, the pattern is full

Bob's learning the burne
Last night and tonight Bob and I helped crew for our favorite balloon Tailwinds, of Tailwinds Over Frederick.  Today we not only helped crew, but we got to fly in it as well!  Our friend Patrick, the pilot, can also instruct in balloons and gave Bob some dual instruction today.  We both helped set up the Tailwinds at FDK and while I held the mouth open, Bob got to hot inflate the balloon.  Soon we were off, but never reached more than over two miles per hour.  Bob took us to our highest point of 3,500 feet but due to such low winds, we basically just hung above the traffic pattern at FDK.  

Tower fly-by
After enjoying the view up high it was time for Patrick to take over and find some wind at a lower altitude.  When we had originally departed we headed east, crossing over Runway 23 and slowly floated parellel with the tower.  What did we do?  Pulled out our Top Gun lingo and requested a fly-by.  The answer from the control tower?

"The pattern is full."

Post flight toast
With a laugh we did our "fly-by" (video below) which lasted a good 15 minutes!  Soon we were floating along just above a cornfield when we started to drift west, right back from where we had come.  As the flight started to come to an end we did a touch n' go on Runway 23 then landed just beyond the next taxiway.  Our first flight with Tailwinds Over Frederick was for their first splash n' dash.  We now had the honor of their first flight taking off and landing at the same location!  The sun was setting, the balloon was coming down, aircraft were landing and departing-such a beautiful site. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Rainbows

Yep, that about describes our flight home from MI on Sunday.  I had awakened with extreme allergies and had taken some medicine from my aunts cabinet that hopefully is not on the FAA list of medications approved to fly on.  It wiped me out!  Bob flew the first half of the trip while I slept and I took over for about forty minutes towards the end.  

Storms were all around as we neared Frederick, but we didn't experience instrument conditions for more than a minute or two at a time.  We did see some lovely rainbows though while munching on some chocolate chip cookies left over from the night before.  We made it into FDK just in time.  It poured while we put the plane away.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

KPTK Open House

In my previous post I shared a picture of the best pitot tube cover I have seen yet, a rubber chicken!  It was the end of a fun weekend filled with family and endless amounts of food.  It was time to leave Pontiac Airport, but our departure aligned with their annual open house.  It was surprising to me after all my years flying and training out of there, I have had yet to make it to one of the open houses!  So, we took that opportunity today. 

New for this year were actual performances.  The airport closed for one hour while a Taylorcraft, Pitts and Stearman performed aerobatic routines.  We found some ground crew to shuttle us back to the FBO, when ground control would not let them taxi explaining the airport was still closed.  

"For what?" we both thought.  

Sure enough, there were two more performances.  An aerobatic RC plane did a crazy routine followed by two RC's simulating a dog fight. I can say it was the first time I've seen an airport closed for RC planes!  It was a great way to burn a few hours as well as to see the community enjoy and airport that I love.

Monday, August 27, 2012

What did we do yesterday?

I have no time to post, so I'll leave you guessing about why we got sidetracked before leaving Michigan yesterday.  Here's one photo from the day I had to share:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Flying into a Void

This evening we departed FDK after a yummy and joyous hangar cook out.  It was a smooth calm night, albeit pretty hazy and we did have to avoid P40 which was active.  The flight was easy until we hit Lake Erie.  It was pitch black above us, pitch black below us, and pitch black ahead of us.  All except for the moon.  It wasn't a pretty moon tonight, it was quite a distraction as it reflected off the right wing.  Trying to avoid that, we had no choice but to fly on instruments alone.  I'm in need of an IPC, but have been praticing with Bob on occasion.  It can be extremely difficult flying IFR from the right seat of the Glasair.  The instrument panel is very close to you and you get a lot of parallax error.   Bob's contacts kept going out of alignment on him so I flew as PIC until the darkness got too much to handle.  We traded back and forth for a few minutes at a time.  Thank goodness we were both concentrating hard because it could have been quite dangerous.  It just was a cruel reminder on how serious even flying without a horizon reference can be.  I've decided to make getting comfortable flying by instruments from both seats and getting my IPC should be a priority once again.  Luckily, we made it over Erie without further problems and Bob's contacts started to cooperate. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pilot turned Guitarist!

Here's a sneak peak of the awesome aviatrix we interviewed for Stuck Mic debuting September 15th! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Importance of A/C Valuation

I often use this blog to share what I have learned as I grow and advance in the aviation world.  I have previously contributed the following information to the Stuck Mic AvCast, but thought this could be something that my blog readers would benefit from as well.  As you may already know, I work in aviation insurance and this is a field that I also learn a little more in each and every day.

Aircraft are not the investment they used to be. Many don’t hold the value they have in the past and sometimes individuals end up losing in the sale. It is important to know your aircraft’s value whether refinancing your aircraft loan, buying or selling an aircraft, and purchasing aircraft insurance.

In regards to insurance there are three reasons you want to have an accurate hull value:

  1. You don’t want to under insure the aircraft
  2. There is no need to insure it for more than it is worth
  3. You need to satisfy the bank
A problem with under insuring an aircraft is what is called “constructed total loss”.  This is when in the case of a loss, the cost to repair the aircraft quickly approaches its insured hull value.  This also puts the insurance carrier in the position where they may profit through the sale of the aircraft, which is not their purpose of the insurance company.

When over insuring an aircraft, an individual is not only paying for more coverage than they need, it puts the insurance company in a position of moral hazard. The carrier is aware it could be inexpensive to replace the aircraft in the event loss rather than pay to repair it.

In both these cases it is important to remember that the purpose of insurance is to put you back in the position you were before a loss.

Finally, if you have a loan on your aircraft, you have to keep the bank happy.  Just like a mortgage, they want to make sure that your aircraft is worth what the loan balance is as well as they are covered in the case of a loss.  Most insurance policies have what is called a 90% breach of warranty.  This comes from the assumption that when you took out your aircraft loan, you put down a 10% down payment.  If you happen to breach the terms of the policy (which is rare) and suffered a loss, the remaining balance the bank holds will be paid off regardless.  

What can potentially breach a policy?  Two examples could be a student pilot carrying passengers or a pilot who did not complete annual training requirements as laid out in the policy

Of course you can get a rough estimate of your aircraft's value by exploring the marketplace on sites such as Trade a Plane and Controller.  It is important to remember, however, that these are just asking prices and may not represent the true value of your aircraft.  The reason I thought to share this topic with you today is because the company I work for, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), offers a free aircraft valuation service.  Now while this doesn’t substitute for an aircraft appraisal, appraisals can take 3-6 hours of your time and become costly.  At AIR we offer a free aircraft valuation, using the Aircraft Bluebook Digest too get your book value and take in to account engine times, paint and interior quality, and other extras. 

In addition, if you are looking at a new aircraft or buying out a partner you may be in need of a title search.  With just one click on the box in the form you can receive 20% off a title search if you request an insurance quote while you are at it!

As I have enjoyed learning about this, I have enjoyed sharing it with you.  There you have it, a brief explanation on the importance of making sure you know what your aircraft is really worth.  Now if only I had one of my own to valuate….

Monday, August 20, 2012

Touring the B17

Despite the rainy and cloudy day, Bob and I pulled out the airplane to head to Leesburg Airport (JYO) to tour the visiting B17. Okay, part of that was a lie. Yes, we did see the B17 but no, I did not help Bob pull out the plane. I hadn't thought to bring my trusty rain coat but Bob had one. So, I sat in the nice and dry plane while he pulled the Glasair with me inside out of the hangar :) 

It was a quick 15 minute trip into JYO. We went IFR and Potomac control was busy and eager for us to cancel, however we were in the clouds until just after we intercepted the ILS. We landed in Leesburg surprised to see a line of people waiting outside the B17 in the drizzle. 

Being inside such a historic aircraft was a neat experience.  I cannot imagine how loud and tight it must have been flying in there for over ten hours a day.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.  Check them out here.

To see the B17 yourself, check out the schedule at Tickets for tours are $10 ea and flights are $409 ea for EAA Members and $449 ea for non EAA Members. Someday I'll take that flight!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Surpassing 400 Hours

It had been awhile since I had updated my logbook.  Wednesday night Bob and I sat down together like the geeky pilot couple we are to update our logbooks together.  I added mine up to discover that I only had 1.4 hours to go until I hit the 400 mark.  Every pilot goes through different emotions when reaching a logbook milestone, usually feelings of joy and pride.  At first, I was a little peeved. 

"That's all?!" I thought.  "I set out to become a commercial pilot over seven years ago and that's all?!"

I eventually came to my senses and soon got that feeling of joy, pride and a new mission.  If I were to read back to my blog over the years it is amazing that I didn't give up.  Many would have.  I am glad I didn't because look where I am now, perfectly happy and accomplished in the aviation world whether I was about to pass 400 or 4,000 hours.  As for my new found mission, I needed to fly 1.4 more hours and I wanted to do it this weekend.  

After some Saturday morning housework and helping out a friend wedding shop, our original afternoon plans were changed and we jumped on the opportunity to go flying since it was such a beautiful day.  Our first thought was the beach, but I was just not in the mood for the crowded and loud boardwalk.  We then decided to go to Assateague Island which I discovered later by looking at old photos I haven't been to since I had long hair.  It was about time!

We filed IFR to fly through the SFRA and enjoyed a just under one hour flight, buzz along the Ocean City shore (video below) and came in to land.  We were lucky to get the last rental car available and it was a convertible!  Now that's a great way to head to the beach.

The Assateague National Seashore is just a ten minute drive from the Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB) and the entrance fee is $15 which is good for seven days.  We enjoyed walking through some sandy trails, watching the wild ponies, splashing through the ocean and laying on the beach. 

There are no buildings or concessions on the National Seashore so when our stomachs began to grumble we headed over to the Ocean City boardwalk for dinner and dessert.  Around 10pm we returned to the airport for the flight home in the smooth and clear night sky.  By the way, I didn't hit 400 hours. I went over, I'm at 400.2! :p

More photos from Ocean City/Assateague past and present can be viewed in my gallery here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"In a Glasair?!"

It was my third landing around the pattern as the sun set.  We had just enjoyed our one month anniversary dinner while watching planes come and go.  It was our turn.  We were doing pattern work and Bob was on the radio so I could concentrate on keeping my landings in the Glasair constant.

"I'm with my commercially rated wife who's practicing landings," Bob announced to the controller.

"In a Glasair?!" came the shocked reply.  Either it's a rare aircraft to practice in or the fact that there was a girl in the Glasair, we weren't sure what the shock factor was, but enjoyed joking about it just the same.  

After I was satisfied with five landings, Bob took the reigns and we enjoyed a calm nighttime flight.  While Bob flew the plane through some lazy turns, I had fun with the slow shutter on the camera and shot some neat photos.  

We had flown just over an hour total when we came in for our sixth and final landing, but we could have easily stayed aloft for hours.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Our Aviation Themed Wedding

I cannot believe I have been a married woman for almost a month now!  The time flew by, but the beautiful memories will last forever.  In a previous post I had shared just a few quick photos of our recent nuptials, but with the lack of aviation related wedding supplies available, I thought I would go a bit more in depth and share how our pilot-geek wedding reception came to be. 
First, as with most receptions, the bride and groom have the “grand arrival”. Our original idea was to land in a helicopter but there are so many safety and legal issues to consider when doing so. We just didn't have enough room in the reception area, so decided to redneck-ify it and come in on a rock crawler. It was just as fun :)
For aviation themed centerpieces, we opted to go the paper route. Since the wedding was in another state, my parents and their friends got “stuck” making several hundred colorful paper airplanes. Although, I think they had more fun then they let on to! These airplanes were later attached to wire, and the day of the wedding reception we put sparkly balloon weights in clear vases and added eight of the paper airplanes in each. I saw several other centerpieces like this here. Topping of the table décor was airplane confetti from Powder Puff pilot. Although I encourage you to support Powder Puff, you can find it for one dollar less here.
From the beginning, we knew that we just had to have a wedding cake with an airplane on top. As every girl does, I had always dreamed of having three tiered wedding cake. So those were my requirements, three tiers and an airplane. My inspiration for our cake design was an airplane wedding cake found here. There are actually several airplane wedding cake toppers online, however, I wanted something more budget friendly and we ended up purchasing our topper on this website. I'm very blessed to have a mother who loves to bake and that she has a good friend who rocks at decorating! Our cake featured red chocolate airplanes flying around it (molds available here) and our airplane and the cotton clouds on the top. In case you were wondering, it had three different flavors! Lemon, vanilla with chocolate cream, and banana with strawberry cream. Ah-maz-ing!

Need something more simple or a small second cake? Check out this airplane cake pan! My friend, Steve, also had an aviation themed wedding. Here is their cake also check out this sky cake with a plane.

Here are some more airplane toppers available to purchase online: glass airplane cake toppers, custom clay toppers, custom wire toppers,

My father and grandfather, being the creative duo they are, came up with a fun little surprise for us. It was a great way of keeping the kids and adults alike entertained at the reception. On the dessert table were what appeared to be Styrofoam plates, however, they were actually Styrofoam gliders! All a guest needed to do was punch out the fuselage and rudder, attach them and away they go! They flew great and it was hilarious to see people getting hit in the head and other sensitive parts throughout the party. An additional surprise was that the weights on the glider were a small wooden piece and had our picture (of us in a cockpit of course) printed on them! Want your own? They are called Wing-Lings and can be ordered here.
Other fun things? Aviation attire! I got Bob this tie which was a huge hit. He wore it both at the ceremony and reception day. Be sure to also check out these neat propeller cufflinks, propeller tie clips and airplane cufflinks
 I did a lot of research to find all the fun aviation additions we could possibly have at our reception. The following are some other great things I stumbled across on the internet: Airplane shaped luggage tags, clear airplane favor boxes, love is in the air gliders, and airplane keychains!

How did people know about our party? We made our own invites! Our save-the-dates were simple and off of Vista Print. You can find the layout we used here.  We just added a photo of us flying and any important information. As for the formal invitation, we made it look like a airline ticket and instead of a seat assignment it simply stated the wedding date! I used textured black cardstock as the base and printed our wedding information on pearly cardstock. We taped them together, added a ribbon, rounded the corners and voila! 

In the end, it didn't really matter what the centerpieces were or how amazing the cake tasted (although it was beyond amazing). What really mattered was that I married my best friend, my copilot and my one true love.

Do you have some fun aviation themed wedding or party ideas? I'd love to see other things you've found or have done at your very own special day! Share or comment below! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flight Award Winner Excited for Training!

Following the 2012 Women Fly it Forward event I introduced you to Toni, the winner of the essay contest for free flight training sponsored by Aviation Insurance Resources.  She is starting her training in September and couldn't be more excited.  Here is her email to me on July 24th:

I am very excited about the prospect of beginning my flying lessons in September at the Frederick Municipal Airport.  All of my friends and family who knows about my post-retirement plans are incredibly curious (and some truly mystified as to why I would want to pursue such an endeavor) to find out more about this thrilling new adventure I'm about to embark upon.  My daughter-in-law recently sent me several books to start reading, and I've been getting flying tips from several friends of mine who are pilots.  Needless to say, I can't wait to begin!

I was so saddened to hear the news about the death of Sally Ride yesterday.  She was truly a pioneer who was able to accomplish what I had always hoped to do, and that was to be the first woman astronaut - I was born about five years too early for that opportunity to present itself to women in my age cohort.

Let's give Toni our support as she sets upon her aviation journey!  Keep checking back as she shares her updates.

Monday, August 6, 2012

So about the lineman I flashed...

After a week for the wedding and almost a week at Oshkosh it was finally time to head back to Maryland.  In Pontiac the fully packed Glasair started up without a problem and we departed.  Soon it became clear that a questionable line of thunderstorms were not something to be easily dodged.  We would have flown closer to see what it looked like, yet once over Lake Erie, I had the sudden urge to relieve myself.  So, we spiraled down from a high altitude and landed at LNN, Lost Nation Airport in Ohio.  I ran to the ladies room and then we checked the weather. 

We waited things out for a short while then we found points where we thought we could avoid the weather and set off to depart.  The Glasair had other plans.  Once again, we tried all our tricks in the book for a good hour and no engine start.  When it finally did start to turn, the battery was dead.

Unfortunately, the battery was in the back and under our two weeks of clothes and wedding gifts.  The young gentlemen working at the FBO came out to the plane as we unpacked most of our items and then hooked up some cables to their truck for a jump.  It worked.  

So with the engine started and Bob on the brakes because we didn't dare restart it, there I was...on the the propwash, grabbing backpacks and bags from the lineman and packing them in to the back of the plane.  It was due to this position on the wing of the aircraft in squatted and bent position in the propwash that I inadvertently flashed the young lineman at least two to three times.

Now we both have stories to tell.

We made it home safely without showing my bra to anyone else along the way.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Oshkosh Experience - Part 4

Despite the storm, temporarily losing our tent "home" and a few minutes on wet sheets, we awoke reasonably well slept on our last day at Oshkosh.  I stayed in the booth until just before three so I could enjoy the entire airshow that day.  We left without any problem and arrived to see my parents in Michigan for another night with no problems.  We had to do an instrument approach into Pontiac that  Bob had to brag about.  This is what we were told by ATC:

"Glasair 73RZ, fly heading 120, descend and maintain 3000 until established on localizer, cleared ILS 9R at Pontiac, DECREASE SPEED AND MAINTAIN 150 KNOTS OR LESS FOR JET TRAFFIC AHEAD ON THE APPROACH."


Into the soup!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Oshkosh Experience - Part 3

Our Thursday at Oshkosh was filled with emotion.  It started full of inspiration and pride and ended with lots of frustration then a giggle.  

That morning started as Bob and I left to find our way to the Ninety-Nines International tent for breakfast.  Yes, men were invited too!  There we were greeted by my fellow female pilot friends which included Lin from our home airport and my fellow Women of Aviation Week team leaders, Mireille and Leslie.  I also enjoyed a great conversation with Patricia Mawuli Nyekodzi, the first licensed woman pilot in Ghana who now instructs future pilots in ultralight aircraft.  She is such an inspiration and just a year younger than me.  I look forward to taking her up on her invitation to visit!

The morning was not all about breakfast, it was also an awards ceremony.  Mireille was to receive the Award of Inspiration for her work through WOAW.  After an introduction from Ninety-Nines president, Mireille began a speech telling the remarkable story of how her non-pilot mother had encouraged three of her four children to enter into aviation, two which were women!  Mireille then shared how WOAW came to be and how important it is to the aviation community.  She then introduced the group to Leslie and I thanking us for each taking on a larger leadership role this year.  

Mireille wasn't done putting me in the center of attention, however, she grabbed me and threw Bob in, too!  As we had just gotten married, Leslie and Mireille set up an Oshkosh t-shirt for all of the Ninety-Nines to sign for us and had one other present. 

Turning to me, Mireille handed me a box stating, "this is to help you get through next year's Women of Aviation Week."

Inside the box engraved with the WOAW logo, our names and wedding date was a wine set!  We all had a great giggle and posed with the gifts as Mireille completed her speech in thanks.  It was very hard to leave these amazing women to go back and work in a booth, but I would soon leave for lunch with Mireille and Leslie and encounter another adventure.

Thursday was the day of the "big storm".  We were sitting in Ace's Bistro as it started to rain, but the tent sides kept us dry.  That was until the wind picked up and before we knew it chairs were being sucked out of the tent and the tent sides blew in causing many of us to run to the center of Ace's for protection. After a few minutes the rain settled to a slight drizzle, but the damage had been done.  

One my walk back to meet Bob at our tent I saw overturned dumpsters and port-o-johns, an overturned cement forums plaza sign and flooding.  In our campsite, a replica Fokker had become torn apart from its tie downs and had landed overturned upon a Thunder Mustang.  Later we would discover that not only did our tent collapse and all our items were soaked, but the tent was broken beyond repair as well.  We laid our sheets and other items about the plane to dry, then went our separate ways: Bob to watch the airshow and I went to work the booth and figure out new sleeping arrangements.  

Luckily I had a friend with an extra tent so I skipped out of work early to pick that up and set it up prior to joining my coworkers and some underwriters we work with at the SOS Bros beer tent.  

We were having a great time eating and listening to the live band when we looked into the sky and said, "well that's a big cloud!  Maybe we should leave soon."

"Soon" turned into "later" all too quickly and it started to rain.  Bob and I tried to rush back to the tent, but the 15 minute walk was no match for the rain.  We arrived back at our new tent, but our almost dry sheets that had been hanging out were once again drenched.  We were grumpy and ready to be home that night when we had no choice but to make the bed with wet and hot sheets.  

We were laying on the bed, staring at the ceiling of the tent in misery when something sparked in my mind, "We're idiots!" I said to Bob.  

After his questioning look I explained, "I recall you saying as we were unpacking the first day, 'huh! We packed two sets of sheets!'"  

We both quickly jumped out of the tent and to the plane to find our lifesaver, a spare (and perfectly dry!) set of sheets just waiting to save the day.

Friday, August 3, 2012

My Oshkosh Experience - Part 2

Loyal podcast listener, Thomson
We awoke to the usual Oshkosh alarms - airplane engines, old men coughing and a boiling and stuffy tent.  I went back to the AIR booth and was greeted almost every hour by a new or old friend.  I was so excited to finally meet pilots I have been chatting with online in person, and rekindle old friendships as well.  Oshkosh really is a place that brings people together.  When you aren't excited about the planes, it's about the people you get to see.  I would soon be seeing even more friends when I visited the forum on Open Airplane later that morning.  

Our ad comes to life!
Our latest advertisement campaign at AIR and our Oshkosh poster featured two funny gentlemen who are now at their 30th Oshkosh.  I don't event think they are pilots, but they are locals who love aviation and collected windsocks to put on their hats at every Oshkosh.   With so many offers for free stuff to go with an aviation quote (such as hats) we were focusing on what mattered-customer service and no gimmicks.  So we had fun putting their silly picture on our banner.  I was so upset when these fellows dropped by our booth while I was at the Open Airplane meeting, luckily Bob was there to snap some great photos.

Bob and I with Sean Tucker
Celebrity wise?  Well I just hung out with Sean Tucker for a bit.  I was very exited when Bob called over stating he had saved a spot for me in line.  Luckily, I held my composure around this amazing aerobatic pilot.  Bob let Sean (yeah we're on a first name basis) know that we are newlyweds and that I have had aerobatic training.  Bob continued to tell him that he has rolled the Glasair.  I then jumped in stating that he needs proper training before he should go any further and then I got praise from Sean Tucker and Bob got a lecture.  It was great, LOL :)  To not hold up the line, we then quickly got our signed poster and our photo.

George Lucas with the Tuskegee Airmen
After the exhibits and booths closed, I met up with Bob who was on the photography stand shooting photos for the podcast. I caught the end of the airshow, to include a group of RVs doing aerobatics!  We would finish out the night with dinner at Friar Tuck's across the North 40 and listen to George Lucas introduce the Red Tails movie at the Fly In Theater.  Unfortunately our view wasn't the best, we didn't have chairs, and it looked like it would rain.  We left just on time because the rain started right as we made it back to the tent!  

Thursday was the doozy.  That was the day of the an award and of "the storm".  More on that in Part 3!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

My Oshkosh Experience - Part1

After a week full of wedding activities and excitement, Bob and I were brought to the brink of exhaustion. As we lay down to bed Sunday night, I believe sentences such as "I can't believe we have to go to Oshkosh now" and "maybe we should shorten our stay" slipped from our lips.  Yes, aviation enthusaists, we were that tired.  To say our Oshkosh trip started off shaky and ended quite poorly would be an understatement.  As usual, I wouldn't change the experience (excluding a few moments of wet exhaustion-more on that later) and was delighted to attend another year at the world's greatest airshow.

We were able to sleep in a short while on Monday morning and then headed our way towards the airport to make it to OSH shortly after the airshow concluded.  We had been having trouble with the Glasair starting for almost a year now and it has been getting progressively worse.  However, this thought was not on our minds, only what we would see and do first.  The plane was fueled and packed and we hopped in ready to start...but it didn't.  We tried all the tricks we had for the past to no avail.  As I called for a ride from my family to come back and get us, Bob opened up the upper cowling to see what we were in for.  We ran into an A&P who helped us take a look, but it appeared we were in need of a new starter.  By that time all the maintenance shops were closed on the field and we'd have to wait until morning, most likely a starter wouldn't even be in stock.  So we unpacked, and headed back to my parents.

We arrived to the airport Tuesday morning hoping to find a miracle to make it to OSH before airshow began and we did.  It started up no problem and we were on our way.  Flying into Oshkosh is always exiting, the nerve wrecking kind.  Jets flew over as we were on downwind, then soon we were on base with no clearance to land...but the aircraft behind us was cleared.  We quickly got it straightened away with the controller (who hadn't seen us) and we were sequenced to first to land.  Following the landing it was time to taxi...and taxi...and taxi...and yes, it lasted probably about 20 minutes as we worked our way around the entire airport.  The plane started to sputter and stalled.  We suffered from vapor lock and we knew it wouldn't restart.  

So we called for a tow, which consisted of a Gator with a rope and then attached that to the Glasair's towbar.  It made for an interesting rest of the trip to our campsite.  I sat in the cockpit managing the brakes and some directional control while Bob was outside, guiding.  We arrived at our campsite and I quickly helped Bob set up the tent and ran to help run the AIR booth.  I arrived to the welcome of the rest of my coworkers, hot, sweaty and panting.  I sat down in front of a fan and had a bottle of water before I decided it was time to get working.  

Oshkosh night one ended with a good meal at Roxy's with some aviation underwriters and a collapse into our tent for a short night's sleep.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's August 1st - Time for Stuck Mic!

Welcome home for another episode of the Stuck Mic AvCast! Rick shares a story about a flight where he experienced some porpoising which led to a group discussion on tips and techniques to help reduce porpoising and ideas for recovery. We also speak about flying into Canada from the United States which stemmed from a flight Carl did where a crew member got detained in customs. This led Carl into some research about Canadian flying where he discovered some helpful information to minimize your time with Customs in addition to some real world experience shared by Len from a flight he did to London, Ontario in a Piper Seminole. And then we wrap up the show with the co-hosts Picks of the Week and share our thoughts about the ever-so-cool OpenAirplane.