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Our Airports
Fellow pilot and talented IT professional, David Megginson, put out neat web site that allows to leave comments about airports visited (as pilot or passenger), and share personal maps. I added those where I landed as a pilot from the logbook and it shows how I definitely need some real "cross country" trips :) ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:30 PM

Year of Flying
Happy New Year! It's good time to summarize flying experience as year past since getting pilot certificate. So, here's some dry statistics: Hours total 105.7 Night 10.3 Cross country 28.1 Actual Instrument 0.1 Simulated Instrument 11.8 Day landings 270 Night landings 39 Instrument approaches 5 Airplanes I've flown: Cessna C152, Cessna C172M, Cessna C172SP, Cessna C177RG, Piper PA28-161, Piper PA28-181, Evektor Sportstar, Vans RV-7A, Wheeler Express. Airports I landed at: PAE (Everett, WA), AWO (Arlington, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 1, 2008 11:16 PM

Annual breakfast pancake fly-in photos
I took son and a friend to Mid-Way Regional airport for the annual breakfast pancake fly-in. It was second time my older son was up in the small plane and he coped very well with his fear he had on the first flight and was really excited. We got there a bit late and missed racing cars but we saw all planes, toured into DC-3, watched T-28B Trojan and T-6 Texan take-offs and other good things. On the way back we landed at Lancaster, had a lunch and sat in the L-29 cockpit owned by local pilot. One ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 1:47 PM

Evektor SportStar Checkout
I recently got checked out in Evektor SportStar. It's a two seat Czech built light sport airplane that becoming increasingly popular with the new sport pilot rules. I've been wanting to try it out for a long time but it's so popular that's always busy flying and booked well ahead. Apparently, many jumped on the sport pilot bandwagon as it's cheaper and faster way to get up in the air. At the same time some folks saving money during regular private pilot training as SportStar's hourly rental rate ......

Posted On Thursday, May 24, 2007 11:19 AM

Locating Airports - Google or Local Live? Neither.
I was delighted to find out that Local Live is able to search by airport codes. Google Maps also has this feature for some time, I don't know for how long, as such small updates aren't usually announced, so it's not clear who was first and who just caught up. Anyways, it was interesting to see how each map handles this task. Apparently, both pretty much suck, but each in its own lovely way. Local Live can search by three character FAA airport code, i.e. DFW is the identifier for Dallas-Fort Worth ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 12:21 AM

I got my wings!
Today, September, 27 2006, one of the biggest dreams of my life has come true - I'm a pilot! I was pressing hard to get done this week as I had no other chance. I'm leaving Seattle area end of week. The FAA checkride initially scheduled to 8AM Wednesday was rescheduled to 1PM which added to my time pressure. It started with paperwork and then ~1.5 hours of oral part. All usual stuff you'd expect: Federal Aviation Regulations, pilot responsibilities and limitations, legalities, airworthiness, currency. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:32 PM

Long Cross Country Flight Completed
I've done it. On Sunday I completed my long cross country flight requirement. The route was KPAE (Everett) - KCLM (Port Angeles) - KBLI (Bellingham). There were low cloud ceilings first half of the day and I had to wait for the afternoon before taking off. I had prepared two flight plans to choose from in case the weather is bad on one of them. It turned out to be a good decision: even by afternoon ceilings were lower than VFR minimums along two legs of my first choice route: Everett - Port Angeles ......

Posted On Sunday, September 17, 2006 8:09 AM

FAA written passed

I've passed written FAA exam and ready to fly long solo cross-country. I will try to make it tomorrow if weather permits and the route would be one of these two:

  • Everett, WA (PAE) - Port Angeles (CLM) - Olympia (OLM) - Everett, WA (PAE) 
  • Everett, WA (PAE) - Port Angeles (CLM) - Bellingham (BLI) - Everett, WA (PAE).

Posted On Friday, September 15, 2006 6:24 PM

Those VFR Weather Minimums
Pilots’ world is full of acronyms and sayings to help memorizing critical facts, procedures and flows. Some of them are neutral and even make sense in the usage context like IMSAFE self check: Illness, Medication, Stress, Alcohol, Fatigue, External Pressure Some lack much sense, like pre landing check list: Brakes off Undercarriage (down and locked) Mixture rich Propeller pitchFuel pump on and sufficient Instruments (D.I, altimeter) Switches (carb heat, landing light, etc.)Harnesses and hatches ......

Posted On Thursday, September 7, 2006 4:17 PM

First Solo Flight
I finally did my first solo flight. I could have done it earlier but was delayed for a couple weeks by lack of medical certificate and weather. After getting certificate I scheduled flight on Saturday, August 12 praying for the weather to cooperate. When met by instructor at the airport I was told that wind is pretty strong (12knots) and is not a good for the first solo. That put me down a bit. Anyways, we went up and flew to practice area to do some ground reference maneuvers hoping for the winds ......

Posted On Saturday, August 12, 2006 9:07 PM

Signed Off for Solo Flight
I passed pre-solo check ride with Assistant Chief Flight Instructor yesterday. I had to show everything I've learned so far starting from preflight to take-off, climbs, descents, power-on/off stalls, steep turns, instrument flying under the hood, emergency procedures, radio communication, basic navigation, and landings. Essentially, I was giving a ride to the instructor as to regular passenger. Except maybe, that regular passenger wouldn't ask you to perform such things as stalls, engine-out landings, ......

Posted On Friday, July 28, 2006 8:40 AM

Making The Dream of Flying Come True
I've been off radar for a while for several reasons. First, I took vacation in the beginning of June and spent wonderful family time in Cocoa Beach, Florida visiting many places in and around Orlando and Space Coast including Kennedy Space Center and multiple theme parks. Florida was quite a pleasant difference after grayish Northwest weather. After getting back I started flight training for the Private Pilot License. Flying an airplane has been my dream since the childhood and now it's becoming ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 8:23 AM

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