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TFRs

By lex, on February 17th, 2012

It’s very important for the general aviation cohort to check them prior to embarking on a cross-country.

Especially if you’re muling drugs:

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Night and Day

By lex, on January 24th, 2012

So, your host flew a night hop last night and a day sortie today. The difference between the two was, well: Look at the title.

We’d missed some sorties for weather. Gotten kicked out of the brawl when the training rules limited the number of fighters and bandits that could contest the same airspace. No hard feelings, it all made sense. When you’ve got Hornets, or Super Hornets, or F-16s with radars and night vision devices zorching around at one another at high fractions of the number, it makes sense to pad your chances.

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DCA Hop

By lex, on October 13th, 2011

Which it’s a Marine two-seat fighter squadron out of Miramar we’re up against, and your host would prefer it had they stayed at home, for it’s nobbut a wee, sma’ commute from the Crushing Burden of Debt to the air station, not to mention the conjugals that are in it. Still deploy they would, and here we are in Mountain Home, Idaho.

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Three Strikes

By lex, on September 25th, 2011

Did the 0430 wake-up for the commute from Sandy Eggo to Ventura County. Out of the door by 0500, made the front gate at 0730. Sunday morning early is mos’ def the way to make this trip. (It took almost 3+30 heading home last Friday. On the motorcycle.) That’s the good news.

The bad news is that I’ve got three strikes agin’ me:

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Micro-Blog: Indoc – Day One

By lex, on August 19th, 2011

Woke up early, nervous, fretful. The unmistakable smell of summat burning. Worried about it being my electronic equipment (cell, iPad), the room, the motel, breakfast – a thoroughly regrettable breakfast about which you have already heard * and to which discussion you have laudably added.

Thanga.

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Chino

By lex, on November 22nd, 2009

Been having a yearning to go up and tour the warbird museum **  at Chino, and today got the chance to scratch that itch. Took Earl the Pearl up in Cardinal 217AF, since it had been a while. Did a downwind departure from Montgomery Field, and got Class B clearance from SoCal approach. Flight following up the 15, remaining east of the hang glider area at Lake Elsinore. Picked up the Paradise 052° radial outbound to take a lap in holding at CAZBY before shooting the ILS approach * to Runway 26R. An interesting approach, since the holding fix is defined off a different NAVAID than the actual approach itself.

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Flotsam, jetsam

By lex, on October 17th, 2007

Went flying with SNO a few years back, back when I was still on sea duty and could afford that sort of thing. We flew a T-41, which is an old USAF version of the Cessna 172 that I’d rented from the local Navy flying club. **

I’d gotten checked out in the T-41 because I still had random and disconnected thoughts of retiring and going the airline route back in those days. That was back when the notion of sleeping in an Atlanta-based flop with four or five other guys on reserve two weeks of the month, or hoping to be a junior pilot at 40+ years of age who might get called up for a flight on Christmas Eve in order to have a shot at earning $35,000 a year seemed to make some kind of sense.

Recently? Not so much.

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