TWinter

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About TWinter

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  • Birthday 10/30/1963

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    Dyersburg, TN
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    Retired - Portsmouth, NH Police Dept.

    Current - Business owner, Health & Fitness
    Ultimate Fitness LLC, Dyersburg, TN.

    Other Hobbies: High performance cars, V8 Motorcycles and Aviation..

    Most important is family :)
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    1973 M20E

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  1. Wow..I know I haven't been on the forum as regular lately, but I never saw this coming. Looks great! Very clean and great choices. Looks like the folding bikes did not put you in the poor house or dog house for to long. Very nice -Tom
  2. Glad you shared this experience... Thanks much!! -Tom
  3. Congrats on the IRating. I'm still plugging along with it. Still trying to get the new avionics to play nice and also make sense to me at the same time. It has slowed my pace, but I look forward to getting mine as well..The puzzle is slowly making sense..working approaches weekly with a buddy that is Commercial rated. My regular CFI is getting ready to retire fully (mild stroke two weeks ago) so I'll be in search of a new one. Ready to earn the IFR so I can work on the next. The tint makes big difference in the heat. Not hard to do and well worth it. Just take your time. Using 35% is the best to keep safe visibility and still get the job done. Well done and congrats again -Tom
  4. There is a nice little airport right near the Bass Pro Shop (Pyramid) that is very convenient if you want to get into Memphis downtown area without the headache of Memphis International.. M01 General Dewitt Spain if you ever feel the need for Memphis BBQ or a quick trip to Bass Pro. It was pretty much just to my left in the pics. -Tom
  5. Found the one that are USB powered with dimmer built in-line. I think I had it rolled pretty bright here, but roll the dimmer down and they work perfect. This was the only pic I had, but the roll goes all the way across the dash and just sticks to the bottom of glare shield. -Tom
  6. Yesterday was a great day to fly in Tennessee. Took a trip up the river side skirting Memphis class B and got a good pic of the Memphis Bass Pro Pyramid. Continued the flight to Tunica, MS. We were smart enough to resist the temptation to land at Tunica and avoid the casinos. My buddy took some good pics of the Mississippi and Memphis Bass Pro. It was one of those days that God made just for pilots..beautiful and calm.
  7. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter..Had them 5 yrs ( two separate sets). Can't beat them. -Tom
  8. I have these, they work great. Mine have a dimmer though. I fly at night a lot and these work perfectly. http://www.ebay.com/itm/4x-Waterproof-Flexible-Flash-USB-Cable-LED-Strip-Light-5V-30CM-Lighting-String-/172636519097?hash=item2831f03ab9:g:4ZEAAOSwkShY-hDM -Tom
  9. Keep the skills sharp and prep in advance..just like night flying. Had to fly two family members home the other night for a family emergency at 10 pm, this was a very dark field... Heading home from in the middle "no where" Tennessee back to Dyersburg TN. Serious dark sky this particular night. Pre-flight, planning and safety is key. Far from flying in clear blue daytime VFR airspace.., but very legal.
  10. I've said it before and will say it again..(even though I did not word it as eloquently you, well I caught some minor flack of VFR vs IFR). VFR is great..you can pretty much go anyplace a IFR pilot can go. You just have to be more flexible on your schedule. I did three trips from TN to New England last year and only once did I have to reschedule the trip home. This caused a 3 day return delay..Rescheduling not a big deal other than the fact we went to LL Bean on one of the rainy days and my other half managed to dent my credit card pretty good. Still fantastic trips. Here is where I got some forum flack and it was okay, I'm a big boy and it was taken in stride..I've flown with some really good IFR guys and some really crappy IFR guys. The rating is stamp that you have trained and completed requirements. You have demonstrated proficiency maneuvers. There is no reason a VFR pilot can not be as capable as a IFR pilot. I am now back in the saddle and picked back up on my IFR training after some major panel upgrades. Took time to get the hang of all the goodies, but I'm feeling better. At this point I feel like I'm in better control of my Mooney than I have ever been, of course it has taken me 5 yrs, but I can say with confidence I am comfortably flying ahead of my plane and rarely feel like the plane is flying me.The equipment change up last fall pushed my IFR back quite a bit, but now I'm feeling warmer and familiar with all of the new install gear. The bottom line is... If you have the time, with proper planning and can be somewhat flexible you can fly VFR all over the place as well as a IFR guy. IFR is great if you really want to put your plane to work for you and run a much tighter schedule. Example: I'm heading to Gulf Shores Friday to take some friends down for three days. Their personal vacation. I might stay or might come back to TN. It's only 2 hrs +/-. I've been watching weather all week so I don't screw up their plans. Since the Tennessee weather is looking "iffy" Friday I told them to be sure to have a back-up plan in case we get weathered in and can't go. Am I tired of checking weather every day hoping for Fridays forecast to change? yep, GShores looks pretty good all weekend so no problem there, Tennessee not so great..If I was IFR rated this would be less of a issue, but it is what it is. I'll continue to monitor today hoping for the best. I'll make the decision tonight. If I was IFR rated..no brainer and we would be ready to roll Friday. Few clouds, would be no issue, as it is I've got to keep glued to the weather. Bottom line..it's all about the planning and flexibility. VFR is still very capable flying, IFR is just allows more opportunity when things look "iffy". Just my .02 -Tom
  11. Trip home was good..a few cells to work around, but well worth the trip. Good luck!
  12. I have family that live in Paris, TN and I fly to KPHT pretty often. Looks like M34 is just a short trip up the KY river. I have a E you are welcome to check-out. Maybe grab a bite at Pattiis. I've never been there, but hear good things. Other option is to meet me at Henry County KPHT. PM me a phone or contact and I'll give you a call Mon or Tues and touch base about meeting up.. -Tom KDYR Dyersburg, TN
  13. I've tried the squelch on the 750 and even kicked it over to the old radio and still not picking up any better. The email the FBO sent out was sent as a generic email to all local pilots even before I mentioned it. So it's not just me having the problem. I think they have had a few pilots reporting bad reception and short range. I'll be curious if it changes or they get the feds back out to check connections. I was actually more curious if any other folks noticed a reduction in range. Just an observation...I can live with it, I know something is not right, but thought it was worthy of a topic post. -Tom
  14. Here is the email sent out..Something obviously not right. Good Morning… KDYR AWOS telephone service is now fully functioning. Also, the new AWOS Radio broadcast has been tweaked to 2.4 watts increasing reception range about 20%. The old AWOS wattage was almost 4 watts. This has been reduced at all stations by FAA/FCC (???). Just as a reminder, Summer FBO hours starting Monday April 3 is 7 am- 7 pm Monday-Friday. Sat., Sun., and holidays 8 am-5 pm. Thanks,
  15. They just finished working on it Friday. When I was on the ground departing Friday I thought nothing of it, other than the fact it was nice to have it up and going since it had been down most of the winter. The broadcast sounded different, but no big deal. When I was returning I flipped to our AWOS frequency and heard nothing at about 5 miles out..kept listening, getting closer and still nothing. I started checking my frequency thinking I might have hit a key and was off channel. Finally as I'm announcing my inbound intentions and nearly to the field I finally start to hear the broadcast..It's useless as is. I am planning on calling the FBO City Manager tomorrow and following up. The FBO manager did send all the local pilots a email stating the AWOS was up and certified last week. He also mentioned the lower power settings per the FAA.