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PTO

By lex, on July 2nd, 2010

The new gig – I’ve been at it two years, and still think of it that way – is comparatively ungenerous in the article of paid time off, at least as contrasted to the Navy, which offered 30 days of leave per year and six month cruises to ensure your can’t use much of it. As a consulting gig, PTO is doubly expensive, since 1) you still get paid for it (hence the “paid” bit) and, 2) the company doesn’t get to charge on your hours worked. So it’s fifteen days a year plus federal holidays (10), but the good news is that – unlike the Navy – you only charge against the hours you actually avoid.

For example, if a naval officer wanted to take a Friday off, followed by the upcoming Monday, that’d be charged as four days of leave, since technically you’re never off duty. In the civilian world on the other hand, you’re only charged the 16 hours for Friday and Monday.

This Monday being a holiday, I decided to take Friday off and get a four-dayer. Which I spent flying. And golfing.

Pretty much perfect.

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‘Nother Day at the Airport

By lex, on June 27th, 2010

‘Twas four (!) flights yesterday, for the hours of daylight have become long. The day was hot, the Vargas were airborne. And if we should somehow find our way to the merge, we would not ‘scape a brawl. For now, these hot days, is the flying blood stirring.

Not to mention the profit motive that’s in it, what with all the vacationeers come hither for the Del Mar Fair, the university students to the beaches and the high schoolers all at sixes and sevens with nothing at all to do and too much time to do it in.

The first set were a pair of ’99 grads from the Boat School, now condemned gratified to live as black shoes professional surface warfare officers and eager to taste the forbidden delights of fighter aviation in a 150HP low wing piston aircraft.

From the back seat.

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There and Back Again

By lex, on June 13th, 2010

If Tailspin Tom was in politics, his name would be Kennedy and he’d live in Boston – yer man is that connected. But he’s into aviation instead, and it’s fortunate for me that he lives in Sandy Eggo. How else, I ask you, does a poor bugger like your host accustomed to renting aged Cessnas and even ageder Citabrias get to fly to Portland in a lovely Beech E33 Bonanza sporting an IO-550 engine upgrade yielding 300 HP after accessories just for the price of putting 100LL in it?

He doesn’t, is how.

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Return Leg

By lex, on June 12th, 2010

Good weather along the route and cruising at 160KTAS 50° lean of peak. Sporty winds at Red Bluff, 20 degrees offset at 15 gusting to 25. No  hill for climbers. Lovely ladies at the FBO cafe stayed open for us a good  half hour after closing time because they’re country and that’s how country does.

Playing with the big boys in Portland on arrival and ended up getting moved around like pawns on a chess board. Met the eldest daughter after a mad half hour trying to navigate the city with a dying iPhone (may be time to upgrade to the iPhone 4g – I’m just sayin’.) Was offered the opportunity to come up and help her move out trash. Politely declined, with Tailspin Tom and your host munching on appetizers over a cuppla Tsingdao’s while the lady made her dormitory room presentable slightly less disastrous. Served the lady at her leisure, walked a beautiful evening around the campus and left her to her work, we to ours. Which in the event was a pair of evenly matched pints of Guinness (for strength!) at Kells, a lovely little Irish pub and aren’t they all?

Our return path, if no new thing arises:

Departing PDX at 1200 Local (1900z)
Route: OSWEG V182 UBG V287 OTH V27 SHOEY V230 ISIFU
Destination: KMRY
ETE: 03:27

Departing MRY at 1600L (2300Z)
Route: CASRA V25 VTU V299 LAX V25 MZB
Destination: KMYF
ETE: 02:01

Weather reported to be fine along the way with good tailwinds.

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Busy Weekend

By lex, on June 6th, 2010

Post quantity (and quality?) has been trailing off of late, for your host is madly busy tipping it the entrepreneurial, albeit at a remove. Hisself being but a mere employee of the actual entrepreneur. ‘Twas a short work week though, leading into a travel week coming up, as we sally forth to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland for to convince the aviation set that 1) they really want to be on the Global Information Grid, and 2) we are the ones that can most efficiently provide them an on ramp. In between that and this was an intervening weekend.

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Madurday

By lex, on May 22nd, 2010

Mad busy all the live-long day: Eldest daughter finishes her first year in Portland early in June, and she enthusiastically endorsed my but lightly considered trial balloon to come, pick her up and fly her home for the summer rather than spend a cuppla days fighting the freeways.  How much much have you got, I asked, a-thinking about the Cardinal, and more specifically about weight and balance. Roughly 978 pounds gross weight being available to an empty airplane, but some nearly seven hundred pounds of that being taken up by your non-trivially burdensome correspondent, his really-ought-to-eat-more daughter and 60 odd gallons of 100 octane, low lead gasoline at six pounds to the gallon, give or take.

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Therapy

By lex, on May 19th, 2010

Crazy hectic at work lately. The new guy has arrived to take up the old work and allow me to focus on the new work, but bringing him up to speed comes with a certain degree of overhead that I just didn’t have available. There are distant heartaches and domestic struggles, as we prep the current crushing burden of debt of sale in the hopes of selling down to summat slightly less crushing and more suitable to these our diminished numbers. There are times when you start to wonder if you’ve got the μ to get it all done. Times where you wonder whether maybe you oughtn’t be on a couch somewheres paying a bearded feller to listen to you burble.

But then you remember, you’re a pilot and there’s an airplane.

Therapy

And suddenly everything is better.

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