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Today's flight in 2019

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On 7/8/2019 at 12:44 PM, MinneMooney said:

Flew my Mooney to St. Paul Downtown airport yesterday. The EAA had their B17 and B25 here for the weekend giving rides and ground tours. The terminal building was built by the WPA in the mid-1930’s and was used by Northwest Airlines. The large Quonset hangar behind the B25 was built in WWII and used to modify aircraft, including Doolittle’s B25’s. Lot’s of great history.

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We flew in that B17 when we went to Osh for our first and only time in 2015. Such an awe inspiring experience.  

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25 minute flight to Paine Field (KPAE) to pick up my grandson Xavien who will be my co-pilot in the Mooney Caravan. He flew in from Phoenix. Much more convenient than KSEA

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Took my wife and daughter down to Nut Tree (KVCB, Vacaville, CA) for brunch at Fenton's Creamery this morning. The little one rode up front for the first time, and had SO MANY questions about the airplane once we were home (What was that black knob for? What does the orange button do (CO alarm)? What are all the other buttons for? On and on and on until bedtime). She's been telling us she's going to be a pilot when she grows up since before I took my discovery flight.

The only downside at all about our flight today was that it was 95º out. That made for a sweaty time on the ground while we got loaded in and through the run-up. It might be time to look into one of those ice-chest-based coolers I've seen mentioned.

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I took a good friend and his 18 yo son flying last Thursday. Here's the "public post" I put on my blog and FB.

https://intothesky.us/2019/07/14/thursday-night-flight/

It was very rewarding to be able to help a young man overcome his fear of flying and find out that it is actually fun. The rest of this post is kind of a long, but I didn't want to post more details on my blog because I didn't want his son to be embarrassed about being so scared. I wrote that he was nervous, but that would be the understatement of the year. Here is the Paul Harvey "Rest of the Story" where none of his friends will see.

As I said in my post, his son had flown once on a commercial flight when he was 4 yo. As I was going through my pre-flight with them and answering questions his son was shaking, as in his whole body shaking because he was so nervous. I did my best to calm him down as I continued telling them about how the plane flies, what keeps it in the air, the safety features, etc... We got through that, got him calmed down enough that at least you couldn't see him shaking anymore, and pulled the plane out of the hangar.

I wanted him in the front seat so hopefully I could get him to take the yoke for a minute later in the flight.

"Ok, Greg you're going to be in the right seat and your dad in back."
"I don't want to be in the front."
"But if you aren't in front you won't be able to fly it at all if you decide you want to."
"I won't want to."
"Well, if we have any problems and have to land on a golf course, in a field, or on a road, the person in the right seat gets out first."
"Ok, I'll sit in the front."

Perfect.

We got in and everyone bucked up, at which point he started breathing a little faster and said "I can't do this."

I didn't want to see him just give up. As I told his dad later in the evening, even if he decided that he didn't want to fly ever again, I wanted to see him face his fear and overcome it because that would benefit him in other aspects of his life. So, I put on my best negotiator hat.

"Ok, so let's do this. I'm going to start the engine to get a little cool air going. Then we're going to taxi down over there and do a run-up to make sure everything is working right, and if it is we'll just fly around the pattern once and land. We'll take off, start climbing up, make a turn to the right, make another turn and level off at 1,000'..."

He cut me off, I did not know that not only was he afraid of flying, he was terrified of heights.

"1,000 feet!!!???"
"It's ok, it won't feel like you are very high."
"But 1,000 feet!!!???"
"I promise, it won't feel like it. It's only going to take about 3 minutes (ok, I know it is a little longer than 3 minutes around the pattern but figured he wouldn't notice) and then we'll be landing. All you have to do is hold on for 3 minutes. When we land you can tell me, 'I never want to do that again," and we'll just come right back to the hangar. You can say 'I want to do that again, but I can't handle it right now,' and that's ok, we'll come back here and go a different time. Or, you might say 'That wasn't so bad, I want to fly a little more,' and we'll go fly around some more and see things. Deal?"
"Ok"

With that we taxied down and after the run-up flew around the pattern once and I thankfully made a beautiful landing at which point he said he wanted to fly some more. On the subsequent flight we just did some flight-seeing he loved it. Over his High School, past their house, down to the coast, and the air was so smooth. At 3,000' I told him how high we were, but that it just doesn't feel like it and he agreed. I told him I'm afraid of heights too, but in the plane it isn't the same because you don't feel like you're going to fall off the edge of something.

Over and over he kept saying how cool it was and he is looking forward to the next time we fly. 

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@Skates97   I find fear of flying a very interesting thing versus fear of driving.  "Most" people are not afraid of driving in a vehicle and will happily drive in something that is in effect a death trap.  I put this down to them being driven from a very young age, while a small aircraft most people tend not to be put in.  A large jet airliner they dont really see as a plane as in most cases they dont see the outside. So people only learn about aviation from the press and we know what a bunch of what nots they are in their inability to write the truth.

ive often wondered whether if every one flew light planes the way we drive cars whether there would be a fear of flying?  Im  sure most people would not therefore be scared.  Perhaps with the possible advent of Uber flights and these city drones this might reduce.  

I did drive someone once who had never driven as she was brought up in a tribal community in the mountains of Papa New Guinea and was scared whitless, and this is where i go my theory of people not being accustomed to things and thats why they are scared.

great article. 

 

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Well, we're on the way! Saturday got me from Switzerland to France and then to the UK to pick up Iceman and the blobby suits, and then onto Orkney for the night. Yesterday was a very boring flight on top or an overcast to Reykjavík when we got Visual at 2000'

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Today is expected to be a long day - Narsarsuaq next and then Goose for the night

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4 hours ago, Awful_Charlie said:

Well, we're on the way! Saturday got me from Switzerland to France and then to the UK to pick up Iceman and the blobby suits, and then onto Orkney for the night. Yesterday was a very boring flight on top or an overcast to Reykjavík when we got Visual at 2000'

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Today is expected to be a long day - Narsarsuaq next and then Goose for the night

Lookin' goof boys!  But are you going to fly the whole way upside down or just for the pictures?

Hey - don't forget to stop KPTD as you fly past if you have time!  I still owe you a ride.
E

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Had to take a patient getting back surgery tomorrow from Houghton, MI ( KCMX) to Milwaukee (KMKE).  Had some weather to navigate between Green Bay and Milwaukee, going both ways.  Here's some photos from the trip down.  We were at FL230 until just before the picture.  We were descending through FL200 when I snapped the picture of the G3X screen, more to show how altitude sure helps navigating around weather.  

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Tom

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Check out this baby.  I happened across it at KHNZ (Oxford, NC) yesterday on the way home.  I was quite enchanted!  Despite 95F and humid - I stayed and just marveled at it.

A modern built tri plane, from drawings, not a kit, using modern materials (e.g. Nomex covering, modern radial engine, etc) (what if the Kaiser had Nomex for his Air Force fleet?). I cannot tell if the air foil is modern?  It seems to use modern aircraft grade Al in certain critical places - for strength.  That tail - true to historical WWI style - is miniature - can you imagine the rudder authority on the ground for that tail dragger, or cross wind landings?  Someone made a real beauty - But it is an actively flying beauty.  I wish I coulda seen it fly!

Looks dangerous... but wow!  I bet it is slow slow slow and gorgeous in flight.

I like the paint scheme - but I woulda painted it red - with a snoopy on the little tail.

And by chance or wardrobe selection yesterday - my shirt matches.

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My friend has fear of driving over bridges... similar to fear of heights...  no problem flying in an Ovation... until IMC and really bumpy...

He is tough deep inside...  :)

Gravity sorted...

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Interesting end plates on the fourth wing of the tri-Fokker... they double as wheels!

Best regards,

-a-

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The aluminum mistress got a spa treatment before her trip to Oshkosh.  A petrochemical mask and an isopropyl cleanse. 

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(And I did find the loose and missing screws). 

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I hope they don’t do an afterburner taxi out. 

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2 hours ago, bradp said:

A petrochemical mask and an isopropyl cleanse. 

My gawd is that clean. 

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Today's flight actually started yesterday as we flew north to Redmond OR to dig for aggets known as thunder eggs. It's been a long time since we have flown more than a short hop. 375 miles was done in 2h 15min with our gps showing 180mph ground speed. There was lots of clouds below us as we made our way north more than forecasted but as we neared RDM there was lots of breaks allowing us to descend into the area. The flights both yesterday and the return today were as smooth as you can imagine flying at 9500 and 10500 feet each way. Found lots of rocks in fact had just under 50 pounds of them in a five gal bucket in the baggage area. Now I need a rock saw to slice them open to see what's inside. 

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Nice Bonal, we don't get to see mountains in the Midwest.  Closest thing we get is awesome clouds.

Flew to Pittsburgh yesterday and a pretty good deviation on the way home in lower Michigan.  Barely made it back before severe thunderstorms hit the U.P.  

It's all about timing.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N994PT

Tom

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2 hours ago, Awful_Charlie said:

Well, we made it! Northern 40 row 523 if anyone wants to come and say hello

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How's the grass holding up?  The Caravan did not make the trip from MSN to OSH because of the weather.

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22 minutes ago, kpaul said:

How's the grass holding up?  The Caravan did not make the trip from MSN to OSH because of the weather.

The grass is a bit squishy but good enough to taxi on, although it needs 1500-2000 rpm to keep moving over. After the midday deluge there's been the odd shower but the base seems to be soaking it up faster than it is coming down. We didn't bring parking boards, but they might be a wise idea if you have them

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5 hours ago, Awful_Charlie said:

The grass is a bit squishy...

Sloshkosh 2019?

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Went to visit the aviation aisle of HD in Madison, while waiting out the rain...

In true CB fashion, There are loose ends of ply-wood available for the right price... some discussion with customer service may be required... and a procedure to follow that isn’t known by everyone... :)

We got some nice boards for the tires to rest on...

If we are repeating Sloshkosh, it is good to have the support...

Others have used plastic cutting boards in the past that may be available at Target in KOSH...(?)

PP thoughts only, only parked on squishy grass once... 280hp wasn’t enough to move it...

Best regards,

-a-

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When parking in squishy grass, with or without boards, pull the plane forward at least a couple of feet before loading, boarding and cranking the engine. It's polite to pull completely out of line and turn into the aisle so you don't powerwash the plane / tent behind you when you crank up and advance the throttle to move. Had I not done so after heavy rains at Tornado and Fun, I'd have probably stayed until Tue or Wed instead of just Sun (with planned departure date of Sat).

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