FOR JUNE 2012
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ending Sunday, June 24th, 2012
then were was even more flying!
Still flying my tail off. I just need to keep flying and getting
my hours in so I can take the check ride with the FAA Examiner.
However, I still need to pass the ground test and I haven't
taken it yet. I will, it's just that I've been busy with work,
the new home and all the other things going on that I haven't
really started studying yet. I know that when I take a practice
test I am scoring right at 70% so I know there are a few more
things that I need to get down solid so that I can show my
instructor two good practice tests in a row before he'll let
me take the exam.
that is done then it's really just down to the simple stuff.
Practice cross country, one more night flight and then the
long cross country. Then we'll have another "stage check"
ride and from there I should be ready to do the check ride
and get my license. I am excited about it because now when
I fly solo I know everything (well mostly, still need to work
on my lingo with the controllers, haha) so the flight is actually
fun and enjoyable. I am not sure why more people aren't flying.
Let's just hope they keep those silly drones out of the airspace
so we can fly.
wise everything is going ok now. Things are starting to settle
down a bit so I've been working on a couple of big and small
projects. Mainly just need to make sure the customer is happy
and that they feel they are getting their money's worth. That's
what it really comes down to.
this weekend was great, as always. Starting to warm up to
Pastor Hamrick now that I've gotten to know him a little better.
I still miss San Diego and Pastor Bob but like I always say,
you go and do what God tells you to do, not what your own
also helped out a friend move this weekend and trust me it
was a pain! There was a lot of stuff to move and I feel like
I "slipped" in a P90X workout on a Sunday but, haha,
at least I was in good enough shape to move everything and
not feel burned out too badly. Not bad for an "old cranky
fart" type of guy, eh?! ;)
that is about it. Might go watch some AMA Races while I finish
up my chores and get ready for work tomorrow. CJ is excited
about coming to visit me and so am I. We're gonna have fun
running all over VA, DC, MD, etc!
a great weekend!
ending Sunday, June 17th, 2012
I got to do my first solo cross country flight this weekend
(yesterday) and it was pretty good! I let some friends in
PA know that I was coming up that way and that it'd be nice
to see them -- and that lunch was on me! It was a 2.5 hour
drive and for me it would have been about 2 hours with traffic
and such but with a small plane doing about 130mph I got there
in 30 minutes :) Basically the route was from Leesburg (the
airport I live right next to) to Frederick and then from there
straight up to York, PA.
I didn't know was that they were having an air show that weekend,
haha. The place was packed full of people and airplanes (lots
of WW2 types). It was so packed that I had to park on the
grass between the taxi way and the runway. That's not normal
and I didn't say anything to my instructor but I am sure it's
ok. The airfield marshall would have said something but there
wasn't anywhere else to park. When I got there Penina and
Jimmy were there to meet me so we went over to the restaurant
and had some lunch and then I showed them the plane. We talked
for about an hour or so and then when we said goodbye they
took some photos and a video of me taking off, which is here
can see the photos and the video there. The flight there and
back was pretty good. A little bumpy and there were a lot
of clouds at my flight level so I either had to go around
them or go underneath them. I used VOR navigation on the way
to PA and GPS on the way back so I did ok. I parked the plane
when I got back, paid the bill and then went home to relax
a bit only to realize I've already logged 45 hours as "Pilot
in Command". Good stuff!
that was Church which was pretty good. It always is and I
hate missing it (like I did last week) because I always come
away learning something new and getting my relationship with
God into shape. I definitely don't want to follow the broad
path but the narrow path that leads to salvation. Ok, I know
some of you don't like hearing me preach so I leave it at
was good this week as I got a lot of things done and we're
making some progress. I know we have a new leader coming in
so we'll see how that goes. Maybe he likes me, maybe he doesn't.
I won't know until I meet him. We also have a new person taking
over operations and I know him pretty well and we get along
so that part should be OK. They really depend on me a lot
to get things done and this job really isn't that much different
from what I was doing in San Diego, it's just on a smaller
scale. It's good though!
new house is shaping up though I still need to buy the carpeting
and stools that I need for the kitchen. I might have CJ help
me when he gets here next month. The flight is already paid
for and he said he wanted to come up and fly with me. I'm
trying to see if I can convince him to sit in the pilot's
seat and see what he thinks about that. It's a lot better
that video games. Well that is about it, I watched some MotoGP
this weekend (boring again). Can't wait for some WSBK or AMA
racing where at least the competition is close :)
a great and blessed week and talk to you later!
ending Sunday, June 10th, 2012
week for working and flying...but had to miss Church this
weekend due to a very busy schedule. Hate when I miss it but
I definitely make up for it by reading His Word as much as
week work kept me on my toes and busy as ever. There are a
few new solutions that I want to get into place as soon as
possible due to what we need at the Data Center so I've been
focused on that a lot. Once I get that out of the way things
should settle down. Hopefully that will get done before the
middle of next month as my Nephew is coming up to see me for
a week so I plan to take him to DC then to Six Flags and,
if his mom let's him, he can come flying with me and my instructor.
of flying I did a long cross country on Thursday night with
one of my instructors. We went to Charlottesville, VA and
it was raining and there was indeed lightning but we took
a Garmin 1000 equipped Cessna 172 with NEXRAD weather information
which let us avoid all the storm cells. We did catch some
rain but that was OK because it wasn't bad at all. I still
have to do another 1/2 hour of night flying so I will see
if I can either take my nephew out to do that or we'll take
him to Martinsberg and see the C5s.
of Martinsberg, that is where I did my short cross country
(doesn't really count, just different airfields within a 30NM
radius). I flew from Leesburg to Martinsberg then I flew over
to Winchester and then back to Leesburg. I told the Controller
at Martinsberg that I was a STUDENT PILOT and she got that
I was pretty new. Heck the Controller at Charlottesville ASKED
me if I was a student pilot and the answer of course was YES.
LOL. He figured it out due to me not being 100% familiar with
the lingo. haha. Either way it was fun. Next weekend I am
going to do one of my long cross country flights to PA so
that should be a blast. I have to do both VFR navigation and
then also work on GPS navigation. Looking forward to it.
I have been staying on my P90X program but don't let that
fool you. I have still had a "cheater" day here
and there. Not that often but sometimes you just need a break
and some real food in your stomach (other than tuna fish and
wheat!). I've lost about 10lbs and toned up a lot so I should
be ready for the pool weather we're having now -- well, now!
I should be able to do that but I've stayed extremely busy.
Now if I could just get my neighbors to be courteous and polite
all would be good.
think of anything else spectacular. There are some photos
from my solo on my FB page, you can check that HERE.
I need to get my Sunday chores out of the way and relax a
bit and charge up for the busy work week coming up. Can't
wait for the week of vacation and acting like a big kid when
CJ gets here. This will be the first time he's ever been on
a plane :)
a great weekend and talk to you next week!
ending Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
week of my life...
work related, of course. Even though I can't work OT (some
days I probably need to), I tried to get as many things accomplished
as I could. Not without some minor issues of course -- and
working so hard I fried my brain halfway through the week.
One thing I've learned about myself is I tend to "over"
focus, if that's really an analogy at all. You know, the point
where you're doing something and it has your attention so
much that you can (and I do) miss some little details.
way, I'm getting things done but I would like to see them
get done more professionally and without an small bumps on
the road. Look, I know I am far, far from perfect (and only
One person was ever perfect) but there are things I can do
much better sometimes. So much data going into my brain at
one time that sometimes the little details get pushed aside
(or tossed out like trash). That would be much nicer if I
could give it 100% -- that or just slow down. Nobody puts
much of a timeline on me so I wonder why I do it to myself?
It's not about being fast, it's about getting it done right.
No flying this week. I have to check and see if my "Night
time" instructor is back from Colorado. I have to fill
out the cross country flight form and then I hope to be able
to start doing my solo cross country flights. Once that is
done then it's a couple of stage-check rides, the ground test
and then the flight test with the FAA examiner. I don't think
I am ready yet as I have a lot more study work to do. I have
almost right at 40 hours of flight time so I think I will
be ready between 55 and 60 hours. Once that's done then I'll
be able to fly anywhere I want, anytime I want (provided a
plane is handy!).
was pretty good this weekend and it was a different spin on
forgiveness. Sometimes I think we're so hard to forgive but
then you get to see if from angles you never thought of before.
I'm trying to be a forgiving person when it comes to my neighbors
as they like to joke and smoke outside all night long (sometimes
until 4am) and toss their cigarette butts on the ground which
usually ends up on my property. That's just not a very neighborly
thing to do and I don't think I should need to call the police
to get some sleep -- nor should I have to wear ear plugs,
right?! Either way I am hoping they get the idea they cannot
keep their neighbors up all night. Many of us get up early
else is OK. I'm on week #5 of the P90X program but I think
I've cheated this weekend since my body just needs a rest
and to catch back up. I've never been this sort even after
8 years of the gym. Other than that I watched some MotoGP
this weekend and will watch the rest of the AMA races. Also,
I really do need to dust the house -- regardless of how much
I hate doing it! haha.
you had a great weekend and talk to you later!