Wednesday - Jack's house
I don't remember too much about work.. nothing really stands out. Lunch was at Some Guy's Pizza. Wow, that was tasty. Far too small (still trying off and on to be good.) The hostess was.. um.. strangely attractive. When we left, I think it was Paul that made the standard ( commentCollapse )
As far as the on-days thing.. I've been mostly good for the last couple of days. Mostly good.. isn't completely good. I've not stepped on the scale since the other day. I'll start in earnest late next week. It's really hard to be good when you go out to eat.
After work, Paul and I headed over to Jack's house. He had his basement re-done and bought a bunch of AV stuff. He wanted help getting it all hooked up and working. That was fun. I've always preferred making things work to just using them. We started by hooking things up with what we had. Then it was off to dinner, and a stop by Best Buy. We headed back and got everything all hooked up. After that, it was back here and off to bed.Thursday - WINGS Seminar
After work, Chris Paul and I all headed down to Columbus (KBAK) for the Wings Seminar. They covered spatial disorientation. They were also doing a study about spatial disorientation. They asked attendees to describe any situations they'd personally experienced or heard about. Up to that point, the closest I've ever come is that feeling that you're turning when your flying on instruments. (I get the feeling that I'm turning - even though all the instruments and Brad even says we're flying flat and level.)
After the seminar, we stopped at the Sirloin Stockade. I ate WAY more than I should have. I was miserable, but the bread pudding was worth it. Wow.Friday - Dinner flight
Tonight was our dinner flight. I've been looking forward to this for days. Every since we first talked about it. It's been so long since we've all taken a dinner flight. Even better, we had a big group of people going. (3 planes - 6 people.) Also, I had the cam corder and MP3 player all ready to go.
I took off from the office and headed up to Terry. I flew out of Terry because they had a brand new Cessna 172SP with downlinked weather and "all the good stuff." We looked at the weather a few times, but it never really did show much. (Not much going on around us.) It took forever to do the pre-flight. I walked from the plane back to the car (2-3 minute walk..) once for my backup flashlight and the other time was for a pair of gloves. I was out of there about 6:45 or so.
I flew down to Eagle Creek to pickup Brad. We took off and I went under the hood about 20 minutes later. When we took off, we flew due east then down around the east side of down town. (Very good flight path for sight seeing.) Brad took a few pictures as we flew by, I don't know if they'll turn out though. I was under the hood until we "broke out" over KLEX. My ILS approach was pretty good, but got worse as I got closer.
Dinner was amazing. The bread was the right kind, and they brought out some ranch dressing. Next time - No caesar salad. I had a blackened ribeye and a baked potato. Only problem was the steak was about 10 seconds over done. Finished off with a small piece of cheese cake. YUM! Definitely worth a return trip.
When we got back, the guy from the FBO helped us de-ice the planes. He went WAY out of his way for us (and ended up not charging us anything. - Paul did give him some money though.) We took off and headed back up north.
I was back under the hood shortly after take off. I wasn't paying that much attention and didn't have the throttle all the way in. So the return trip took a little longer than it probably should have. We were on with ATC the whole way up and down (except for hand offs and all.) I did a touch and go at KIND (GPS 32 approach.) Those GPSs are pretty cool for approaches. Once you get them loaded up. Again, I got a little squirrelly during the last minute or so of the approach. We touched down and were off again.
Last was vectors to the localizer approach at Eagle Creek. That was the last landing of the night and it was around 2:30a. About 2-3 minutes before touch down I started getting way out of whack. I landed, dropped Brad off and headed back up to Exec.
Once I was down, I realized that I was a complete dumb ass. NONE of the video came out. First off, I forgot to change the battery - so 1:51 into the flight it shut down. Secondly - I didn't take the lens cap off. DUH! I really wanted a shot of my downwind for 18. There seemed to be much more than the 7 knots reported wind (report was from Metro 10-15 miles away.) I went back around the pattern again. This time, with the camera running and the lens cap off. Pretty cool, I was about 30-40 degrees off the runway to stay even with it. I'll post the video at some point.
As for the whole evening and recording it. I'm disappointed. The MP3 recorder died about 20 seconds after I turned it on at LEX. (I'm guessing batteries. Next time - fresh batteries after 2 hours. That should do it. Especially if it's after a stop.) The camcorder was completely my screw up. The pictures of downtown really didn't turn out well. I did get a picture of the hobbs meter - showing 27.8 hours! (Brad said that I've set two records with him in the last two flights - lowest time on an airplane and lowest OAT -13 degrees.)
This flight also counts as my long cross country IFR flight. So, that's cool. We practiced precision flying most of the way back up. I finally noticed that the VSI was off by 25-50 feet per minute and the attitude indicator was off by 1-2 degrees or less. (About 1/3rd of the arrow and the bar on top.) I didn't notice all that until we were on our way back up. I have a picture of the gauges with me flying (NO AUTOPILOT!) and they're all perfect and more importantly they're all stable.
I also stopped messing with the plane. I noticed the same thing when I watched the video from the last IFR lesson. I tend to seek back and forth. (Think about doom and how the screen used to go back and forth when you'd run.) Tonight, I found the zero point on the attitude indicator and just left it there. Seemed to work much better.
That reminds me - I was doing amazingly well on the first 1/4 of the ILS into LEX. I said something to Brad about waning a picture of the CDI. It was perfectly centered on the ILS and glide slope and completely stable. Brad's comment was "We've got a long way to go yet." :)
All in all - a very LONG night and a very tiring night. Paul did point out the next day that we may have been a little low on fuel when I got back to Exec. Thinking back about it, I'm not sure we were as low as I thought when he first mentioned it. I had 4.2 hours on the hobbs. (4.2*9gph = 37.8 gallons.) The plane was completely full when I started and we did lean out the mixture up and down, so.. it may not have been as bad as I though. Even worse is that I didn't even think about fuel on the way back or even when I went around the pattern that extra time.
When I was back off from IND and climbing out, I seemed to be having issues. (Remember the spatial disorientation from thursday night?) I was REALLY busy at one point (my flying was good and I was keeping up but I was spread thin.) I had to keep watching the gauges and telling myself - THEY'RE RIGHT! Do what they say.. it felt like we were in a 20-30 degree turn. I even asked Brad if I was leveled out. Very uneasy feeling. Guess I have something to write about on that survey now. :)
I came back here to the house and went to bed. I was really tired. I wonder if fatigue had anything to do with my last approach in to KEYE? Probably.Saturday - Not a thing.
I didn't do a thing today. Well, I kinda did. I woke up late and showered. Lunch was at Penn Station. I tried running down to Best Buy or Circuit City to get a new cable/dsl router for mom and dad. I bailed because of traffic. I came back up to the house.
I spent the rest of the day working on Jennifer's computer and mom and dad's laptop. I have to say - I am amazed with Knoppix
. It works. (Slowly - but it does work.) I booted their boxes (Windows 98 and Windows XP) with it. It saw the network I used smbmount to mount jupiter's drives and copied stuff off. No config - it even came up with X on the laptop. (Since it runs off the CD - it's SLOW, but it does run.)
Now, it's time for bed.
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: It's A Big Old Goofy World (Live)-John Prine-Great Days Anthology (Disc 2)