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    News U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 crash
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    RIP John Clarke

    Satirist John Clarke dies, aged 68 One of my all-time favorite comedy skits.
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    The Ewoks Are Dead. All of them.
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    RIP Hannes Arch

    Sad news from the world of aviation today. Our friend Hannes Arch dies in helicopter crash He was, in my opinion, the best pilot in the circuit and by far my favorite. I'm completely at a loss for words. Truly devastating. Blue skies, my friend. You will be missed. :(
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    A Saga Ends; An Adventure Begins

    Well, this has definitely turned out to be one of the best, and most challenging, years in my life. As you may have guessed by my lack of blog entries, I've been busy. And, although I'd like to say I haven't been blogging because I've been busy flying, I can't....yet. Everything from starting...
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    Flight 42 - Almost there....

    11/20 This was my last solo cross-country, destination KCUL. The plan was simple, the flight straightforward - take off & fly to KCUL, getting flight following from KEVV & transitioning the Charlie airspace, and do the same on the way back to KHNB, which if the winds were as forecast and close...
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    Flights 40 and 41 - Doing Some More Work

    I've been ill the last couple weeks, so I'm going to include two flights in one quick post. On 10/20 I went up with my CFI to knock out the .7 hours of hood work, starting with another instrument takeoff. While in the air we also worked on stalls and slow flight - the first time I had worked...
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    Flight 39 - Workin' on the Night Moves

    10/13/2015 This was a pretty laid-back, no-pressure flight for the most part. I met my CFI at the airport around 19:30 local. An hour later than I normally start, I was feeling tired from a hard day at work & couldn't wait to get in the air and engage my flying brain, letting the stress of...
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    Flight 38 - Three Towers Solitaire at Sundown

    10/6/2015 This was a straightforward flight with one primary goal - satisfy the requirement for three solo takeoffs and landings at a towered airport - and one secondary goal - chip away at the rest of my simulated instrument time. Preflight, runup, all normal. Then, my CFI has me put on the...
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    Flight 37 - Long Trip Alone

    "It's a short piece of time but just enough to find A little peace of mind under the sun somewhere" Life has been busy. Work has been busy. Blogging is back-burner these days, so apologies ahead of time for the delays between posts. Monday, 9/21/2015 The plan: Depart at 1200Z from HNB...
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    Flight 36 - Looking for Some Guy Named Charlie

    9/15 was scheduled to be my long solo cross-country. Unfortunately, as they often do, day-job commitments got in the way. Randy wouldn't be available to sign me off for the trip, so we elected to meet that evening and fly down to KEVV for work in the Charlie (Class C) airspace. The flight...
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    Flight 35 - North and South

    I've been so busy the last week blogging has moved to the back burner, even though sharing the excitement of my first solo cross-country has been the first thing on my mind. I'd taken 1/2 day vacation and was up early that morning getting the latest weather and winds aloft. The plan was to...
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    My first cross-country after my medical flight test was to KCUL, Carmi, IL. I won't go into too much detail, but the 'clumsy' version of Brian showed up in full force during this flight. I blame a lot of it on my kneeboard. On the way to my medical flight test I'd used the Sporty's tri-fold...
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    SODA Story Goes...

    This was one of the biggest milestones I've been wanting to get behind me since I started flying - my Medical Flight Test. The day has arrived. We're flying to KJVY to meet the FAA Airman Safety Inspector (ASI) who will be evaluating my performance to ensure my visual deficit is not a factor...
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    Flights 28 & 29 - Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

    ("Old dog" referring to my age, not my time as a pilot here) It's been a busy week for me as far as flying goes - for the first time in almost a year I got two flights in. Monday was the first. Already different from the norm in that I usually fly on Tuesdays, this would be a flight that...
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there...
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    Flight 25 - Over the River

    After another, long, multi-week delay, I finally got back in the air last Tuesday evening. Yes, the engine was back in the plane two weeks ago. However, contrary to what my CFI and I understood, it was a brand new engine that had to be broken in. The first 4 hours on the engine have to be...
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    This Old "Thing"

    "No. I, um... I can't go in this. It's, uh... It's broken.." "No, it's not broken, it's being maintained." - Six Days, Seven Nights Got a call from my CFI Monday morning. You guessed it. The plane is still down. Or, well, actually, down again. Seems the new engine was installed...
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    Flight 24 - Bring Me Solo

    Seriously. Forget the Wookie, I just want to solo. Last week's lesson (Tuesday, 6/9) was strictly focused on landings. With a 9-knot direct crosswind, chances of soloing were slim, but I still had hope. However, I went into the lesson disregarding the idea of soloing, just wanting to make...
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    Flight 23 - Quick Update, Crazy Week

    Monday, June 8, 2015 Last week was one of those crazy ones. It started with me only getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep Sunday night. Sleep issues continued through the week and this past weekend. With a flight lesson (and hopefully a solo) scheduled for last Tuesday evening, I was hoping Monday...