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Pireps

Postby FrankR » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:28 am

A had an idea for a new line of discussion.

I want to learn from y'all. When you finish a flight, feel free to do a pirep on it.

What did you do? Where did you go? What challenges do you encounter? How did you deal with them? Were there any cool things to see at the destination (restaurants, museums)?

The purpose is not to get up into your business. You need not report everything, or anything if you don't want. Especially for you guys that fly all day long. But even an hour around the patch is interesting to me as a reader.

Dr. Paul has suggested that it could be here in Hangar Talk.

Thoughts?
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Re: Pireps

Postby deltafox » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:32 am

Dave

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Re: Pireps

Postby drseti » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:47 am

Frank,
Thanks for starting this thread.
Dave,
Your blog is always a fun read. Thanks for mentioning it here.
Everyone else,
If you have an aviation blog, please post the URL here. If not, now you do. - please chime in here!
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Re: Pireps

Postby FrankR » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:42 pm

I'll start.

Yesterday, I had the day off. So guess where I was...

Broken 6000 when I started the hour drive, winds 60 degrees off at 9.

By the time I got to the airport it was OVC 3000 and 09G14kts (60 deg).

I was contemplating another Ded Reckoning exercise or a trip to RDU but ceilings seemd to be decreasing, so, flying around the patch seemed the order of the day.

5 trips around the pattern without incident. Gusty crosswinds are tough but everything went smoothly. Kept my hand on the throttle. Had to use it once. No hard landings.

After a half hour, I did a risk-reward calculation and came in with .5 on the Hobbs. $30 rental fee.

Lesson learned (already knew): An LSA will land when it wants to. Maintain stability until that happens and be prepared to go around. Because of the low weight, and the thrust responsiveness, even if you are getting dropped in from 5'-10' by a gust, the throttle can be your friend.
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Re: Pireps

Postby langj » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:10 pm

Thank you for posting this thread. Is there anyway we can stick this thread so it always stays to the top. I too look forward to hearing about others flights.

Frank $30 for half hour that means its $60 for an hour. I am so jealous of you. Here in Carson City Nevada they are charging $135 an hour for the Zenith CH750. Reno Nevada is going to be renting there skycatcher for $120. Which I think I will start transitioning to in the next few weeks.

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Re: Pireps

Postby drseti » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:47 pm

langj wrote:Is there anyway we can stick this thread so it always stays to the top.


Done!
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Re: Pireps

Postby FrankR » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:26 pm

$80 hr with a $10 discount for weekday flying or cash.
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Re: Pireps

Postby CharlieTango » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:06 pm

I recently left my light sport on the west side of the Sierra Nevada for some carb work and had my frined ride me home in his Europa which is powered by a 914. I usually cross the sierra at 10,000 and have to snake between the peaks, here we climbed to 16,000. I shot these photos on descent so they are from 14k down to 10.

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Re: Pireps

Postby 3Dreaming » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:36 pm

I think I saw Bigfoot in that last picture. :lol:

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Re: Pireps

Postby langj » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:55 am

You are not to far from me. I am in Carson city Nevada. You know sterling air in Carson does a lot of work on LSA's you should see if its closer for you and you would not have to cross the sierras. When I head west I go over Tahoe which requires I go up to 10,000 there is only one section I go to 11,000 for safety.

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Re: Pireps

Postby CharlieTango » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:14 am

Thanks, http://www.sterling-air.net/ its hard to tell from their web site. Who is their Rotax mechanic?

Carson City is 20nm closer and without the big crossing or annoying climb from sea level.

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Re: Pireps

Postby ct4me » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:58 pm

3-2-2013… ‘Beautiful, clear, 80 degree Arizona day… so it’s a great day for a breakfast flight to Tucson (from Phoenix). Upon reflection, even a typical food hop flight can have its challenges.
It starts with the flight planning… there’s a NASCAR event in town, and a Stadium TFR to deal with. But the FAA doesn’t report them, so it’s up to me to find/verify the dates/times. Heck with that, we’ll just fly straight through Class Bravo (Sky Harbor, KPHX). And it’s quicker that way.
KDVT is the busiest GA airport in the USA, so things are plenty busy at 8:30am. We’re about 5 planes back, waiting for take-off. After 10 minutes, we get our chance to launch from the North Runway. Because we’re heading South, we’ll have to wait for the controller to call our turn across the South runway traffic. She’s pretty busy, but eventually gets back around to us, seconds before we crack Scottsdale’s Class D airspace (KSDL), she calls our turn. We are told to switch to the South Runway frequency, and are quickly given permission to switch again to Phoenix Approach. After a few radio exchanges, we’re cleared through the Bravo transition corridor at 4,500ft. Halfway through, the controller asks us for an immediate 45 degree turn to avoid traffic they’ve got coming from the opposite direction.
After being released back to VFR flight by the controller, we’ll be traveling through the busy area South of Phoenix. Besides lots of training traffic, there’s the weekend warriors, and two significant fly-ins on our path. And four areas with parachute jumpers (civilian and military), 4 busy un-towered airports, and a busy glider port. ‘Plenty of frequency switching, radio monitoring, position reports, and looking for traffic. We give the iPad a good workout, while switching between WingX and Foreflight.
As we position ourselves for arrival at KRYN (class D), with associated frequency switching and communications, we’re surprised by what looks like aerobatics happening between us and the airport. It turns out that it’s not distant aerobatics, but really close RC model airplanes. The point is clear when a rather large model airplane comes up about 100 feet away at our 2 0'clock, does a hammerhead turn, and dives out of site. The model airplane flying park is in an awkward position pretty near the airport, in the approach area where pilots are dropping down to pattern altitude. Of course, it’s not on the chart, or noted as an obstacle. Several times a year, they use this same spot to launch rather large amateur rockets. For those events, at least tower will give you some warning.
After a great brunch buffet (ugh! full) and a nice visit with Roger and Lynn, its back to KRYN and a run back through the gauntlet to Phoenix. Of course, it’s the desert, so our smooth ride down becomes a bumpy trip back as things warm up. After a dozen frequency switches, watching for traffic, parachuters, and associated position reports, we’re back in Phoenix for a class Bravo transition. Except for an urgent request to climb 500ft to avoid oncoming traffic, our trip through Bravo is normal. KDVT is busy, as normal, so they couldn't accommodate our request for the North Runway, which means more delays and several frequency changes between Ground and the Two Towers, as we get clearance to cross the busy runways and make it back to the hangar.
It was a fun flight… 2.6 on the hobbs... but that Saturday afternoon nap sure felt good!
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Re: Pireps

Postby langj » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:37 pm

Charlie tango, I did my light sport training there from Paul Hamilton he is also on this forum. I am not sure who there rotax mechanic is. I will ask them the next time I go in. The manager is Steve Poscic he is a good guy I have never had a problem with him. I know a lot of light sport people in the area use them for annual and maintenance work. I know they have rebuilt two of there light sport airplanes after crashes. I will let you know when I get a name. When you are in the area let me know we should go fly together.

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Re: Pireps

Postby CharlieTango » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:13 pm

langj wrote:Charlie tango, I did my light sport training there from Paul Hamilton he is also on this forum. I am not sure who there rotax mechanic is. I will ask them the next time I go in. The manager is Steve Poscic he is a good guy I have never had a problem with him. I know a lot of light sport people in the area use them for annual and maintenance work. I know they have rebuilt two of there light sport airplanes after crashes. I will let you know when I get a name. When you are in the area let me know we should go fly together.


Thanks and sure, maybe we could meet in Bridgeport?

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Re: Pireps

Postby ka7eej » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:35 pm

Tim,

You still have an invitation to come North to Taylor for breakfast! I bet it would be a lot less work and possibly NO frequency changes!!!!!! :lol: AND better scenery!!....

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