Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A quick entry as a placeholder for some past events.  No big trips over the holiday break.  I did get to fly every day of the Thanksgiving break, but poor weather and a low grade crud kept me from flying every day of the Christmas break.  Plus a water heater needed replacing at the house, to the tune of $1300, $400 for new breaks on the Accord, and the other holiday expenses meant that I had to cut back on spending somewhere.  So I saved a little by keeping Cav on the ground most of the time over the break.  But I did get in a few short trips, one to Monahans in an attempt to visit Sand Hills State Park.  But I got there too late, and the courtesy car was gone, so I just walked into town and ate at the DQ, then flew back home.  4 hours, nice smooth flight. 

The Sand Hills SP from the air.

The ramp at Monahan's was kind of pleasant.

Cav is flying great.  I've been practicing instrument approaches, sometimes with the autopilot following the 430W, but I try to hand fly most of them.  I also get in a couple of approaches on the Microsoft flight simulator every other week or so.

I should have posted at the time, but I did an Instrument Proficiency Check with George Farris back in November.  That makes me legal to fly with an instrument flight plan.  Now I have to be disciplined about staying current.