Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Final Leg - Cartagena to Bogota

Link to the flight route:,-84.5535278261045&chart=301&zoom=11&plan=A.K7.KMLB:A.K7.KFXE:G.25.844228515347765,-80.7669067879949:G.25.338895925596013,-80.27252202233869:A.K7.KEYW:G.23.411166697610053,-82.6162720224866:F.MU.VINKA:G.21.072967473258433,-86.50497435943076:A.MZ.MZBZ:G.11.549908736756471,-85.62149051456579:A.MR.MRPV:G.8.834323230812897,-81.34964038936336:A.SK.SKCG:G.6.940604627925039,-73.8686371621789:G.6.009277047390798,-73.55255154230703:A.SK.SKGY

 Panel shot with Garmin Aera being used for navigation after losing the Jeppesen database in the Skyview.  It turns out that when you pay for and load the Jeppesen database, the US Dynon database must also be purchased and used or the Jeppesen data does not work.  So as we began this leg, we lost all of the mapping functions and data.  I threw my Garmin in my gear bag at the last minute - glad I did!  After landing in Bogota, I got this straightened out and the data is back.

 Dos Amigos

 Mountains to the left

 Mountains to the right

Entering Bogota 

Lovely Diana arranged a champagne reception for us.  It doesn't get any better than that! 

Open shed style hangars are all that are available.  Andres must wax and cover his plane to keep it looking nice.  Everyone who saw the plane wanted one.  Maybe I will get to enjoy this flight again someday.  Or maybe I will just fly my plane to Columbia, Peru, and Argentina.  Machu Pichu is on my bucket list.  Maybe we could get a flight of Phoenix together for this one?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Belize to Cartagena

 Sunrise in Belize City

 Complete cloud cover entering Honduras

 Mountains of Honduras

 Dynon Skyview with Jeppesen map database.  Leaving Honduras about to enter Nicaragua.

 The Isla de Ometepe

 Andres said "OK, that's close enough!"

 Customs at Bolanos airport in San Jose, Costa Rica

 Departure from San Jose on the second day attempt.  The first try was aborted due to clouds too high to go over and too low to go under.

 Caribbean side of the Panama Canal

 Landing in Cartagena

The walled "old town" of Cartagena

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Key West to Belize City

I flew from Melbourne to pick up Andres in Ft. Lauderdale, and then we flew over the Everglades on the way to the Key West.  Andres mounted a GoPro camera on the wingtip for the whole flight, and controlled if from his iPhone.

Florida Keys

 Florida Keys

 Key West ready for 8am departure

 Jim and Andres looking forward to the flight!

Leaving Key West

 Somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico

 Andres had to shut off the engine over Cancun and play a little
We were fine until Cancun approach said "122AF What.....Are....You....Doing?

Cancun wingover

 Base leg into Belize City

 The airport authorities have upgraded the facilities since my last visit.  They now offer cinderblock tie downs instead of us having to scrounge our own boulders.

Dive boat waiting for morning departure to dive sites 50 miles offshore.  People live and dive from the boat for a week at a time for $2500.  The boat has a hot tub.

Trip stats: 600nm flown.  5 hours total flight time including engine off gliding from 12,500 to 8,500 over Cancun.  20.9 gallons fuel burned.  7 gallons remaining in Belize.

Friday, September 26, 2014

John Soars Morning Glory in Australia in his Phoenix

 Hi Jim I am right now riding the morning glory when I have a chance will send photos. 
 John Sent from my iPhone

 Hi Jim 
I just got back from my second morning glory flight. On this flight we soared for 140 nm along the wave before turning back and soaring an additional 40 nm. It started to dissipate so jumped from the primary and soared the secondary as well as the 3rd and 4th waves following. We averaged speeds of between 60 and 90 knots. The wave itself had a base of around 1000 feet agl topping out at around 3500 feet agl. We launched at first light as the secondary passed over the runway. 10 nm later we connected with the primary wave. Fantastic flying. 



Australia is known around the world for its surf breaks, but few people realize those waves aren't only in the water. The Morning Glory is the world's most spectacular and predictable 'roll cloud', a 621-mile long cloud formation that often moves at speeds of 37 miles per hour, sometimes as a single cloud, and sometimes in sets of up to eight clouds.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Phoenix Factory Tour, September 2014

 Usti nad Orlici, Czech Republic.  Home of Phoenix Air

 Martin Stepanek, Nikola Chudozilov, and Josef Straka in the final assembly shop.

 English interpreter Misha, Martin, Nikola, and Josef

 Nikola asking Martin why final production is so slow.

 More shiny wings.

 This is how to work on the tailwheel: put the plane on it's nose!

 Peter fits the cowlings, don't know what Lubos is doing in the rear.

 Josef Rydel joins Peter, Radek, and Martin

Owner of Schempp Hirth CZ, Pavel Tomana meets with Martin.  They share the lamination facility (not pictured).

Usti Central Square (Centrum)