Saturday, October 12, 2013
Dennis Yeomans and I traveled to Prague and then on to Usti nad Orlici to visit the Phoenix Air factory. Dennis keeps his Phoenix in Hawaii and also has an ASH-26E in Tehachapi, CA. He flew from Cal to JFK where we met and hopped our Delta ride across the pond to Prague.
Jetlagged but wanting to stay up until dark to reset our internal clocks, we boarded the subway from the Alpin Hotel into the old town section of Prague.
Staromesjske Nameste (Old Town Square)
Vltava River view from the Charles Bridge
Another shot of the wing sitting in the mold
Fuselage 31/U15 has the initial lamination done, next step are bulkheads, fittings, and the joining of the two halves.
31/U15 inside the fuselage mold. Martin, Dennis, and I would have a meal, a meeting, and then go to one or the other of the shops to look as specific items about the planes and have more discussions. Then off to another café, and more meetings with an internet connection available. We spent a week with this routine, and Martin was very gracious and never acted like he couldn't wait until we left!
Dennis, Nikola, Suzanna, and I had a nice hour flight, landing at dusk, and then out to dinner. So ended our great trip. Dennis and I caught our flight home the next day.
Not to be outdone, the Swiss Gryphon pilot moves in for a look too!
Well, that upped the ante, and it was the German's "kill", so he moved back in Real Close! just so everyone knew who's boss!
(It all ended well).
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Back to storm avoidance. Leaving Monroe, LA bound for Tallahassee, weather was on the screen again which required some small deviations.
Kathy eats lunch and surveys the fourth storm of the day.
The Dynon ADSB is wonderful.
Kathy tracks our flight on the mini iPad.
This is what the Dynon/mini iPad panel would look like.
Rounding the last storm corner with clear sailing from Tampa to Melbourne.
We love our Phoenix!
Go to the long link below to see our flight path on skyvector.
What a difference a day makes! The day before, we flew about 770nm around storms most of the way. But this day was blue sky, smooth air, and nice tailwinds all the way. Flying over the mountains of Colorado was spectacular. Then we landed in La Junta, CO for a rest break and some fuel. On this trip we typically did 3 hour legs, so it wasn't necessary to fuel up at each stop, but we did anyway just to have more options down the road. Anyway, the next leg was to Mineral Springs, TX. We were both still ready for more, and it was extremely hot in Mineral Springs, so we continued to Monroe, LA. We were actually in the landing pattern at Ruston, LA to spend the night there, but saw that the runway was closed (installing new runway lights). Ruston was the site of my private airplane ticket on my 17th birthday in 1970; that's why we wanted to land there. But on up the road another 30 miles, and Monroe turned out to be a comfortable stop. Total mileage for the day, 973nm.
7am take off from Grand Junction.
Over the Rockies.
Smooth air, beautiful sights.
July 29, end of the TMGA Fly-In and time to head for home. First day was a flight from Minden to Ely, NV for fuel and rest stop, and then on to Grand Junction, CO for the night. In Ely, we arrived an hour after Russ and Lynn did, so we spent a few minutes together and were briefed on some of the local flying. Russ had his exceptional soaring flight the next day (reported earlier on this blog).
A couple travelling together for 2 weeks needs a lot of gear, and the Phoenix can handle it. Oh yea, the Minden Airport Authority rented us these huge hangars for $25/night and we could put 2 Phoenix in each one to share the cost, and didn't even have to take the wingtips off!
My wife is now addicted to oxygen! Kathy doesn't fare too well with altitude, so she would put her cannula on around 9000'. She became the oxygen meister, checking the pressure and turning on and monitoring the Mountain High 02D2 system. I am very lucky that altitude has never had ill effects on me, so I would usually go on oxygen around 12,000'. If we had been cruising at high altitudes for a long time, I would leave the oxygen running all the way to the ground to make sure I was fully awake for the landing. That and drinking a Red Bull 30 minutes before landing always put me in full readiness.