Official Airport Bum!?

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  1. denverpilot

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    I don’t even want to update this thread but here goes.

    Friend who had the surgery came back to work. I was free to go get the ratings finished up.

    Brother in law died. Committed suicide. We’ve all been dealing with all of the aspects of that. Covered in another thread. That took a couple of months and we’re still not finished selling some items, and well, whatever.

    Friend went back for checkups on the surgery the BIL stuff took so long. So I went back to the office full time for that for a while.

    I don’t even know what else. Broken cars, sick dogs at one point, weather. You name it, it’s happened in 2017.

    Oh yeah, three other people we knew well, died in the same week. That was fun. Not.

    Then Annual. At least that went well. Replaced the tire I chewed up practicing power off 180s sometime that feels like about a century ago.

    Even an airplane wreck in there. Ha.

    Flew only about once a month from July until now. Which absolutely sucks.

    Finally. FINALLY my schedule has started to free up. I took today off to finish the rest of the to-do list that was scheduled for the buddy-landed-on-a-road day AND... to go flying.

    FINALLY got all that stuff (including more BIL stuff) done earlier today. There’s still more but the schedule is finally opening up.

    So... I went flying. Yay on that.

    I have about a week or two here before the airplane hits the shop for new avionics. Maybe three.

    In my idiot head I thought it would be cold, snowy, crappy by now... and I’d grab an instructor and we’d go freeze our butts off and get this stupid SE add-on done, if I even remember how.

    Nope. We set a new high record of 81 today. And when I talked to one of the instructors at the place I’ve been flying with...

    They’re slammed. Really slammed.

    Oh right. People have vacation time this time of year and they’re booked — into January. And there’s wacky airline hiring going on.

    They even brought back another full timer they’ve worked with before and an additional part timer. Wow. Busy.

    My reaction to this news is not printable in mixed company, let alone getting past the censor filters here.

    Well anyway. At least I got the airplane up today and did some air work, and a few landings from the right seat.

    A friend of mine joked, “Don’t worry about it. Sheesh man, it’s not like you weren’t doing anything all this time!” LOL. Perspective.

    2017 has sucked basketballs through a garden hose. Maybe soda straws.

    I wouldn’t mind it if I could catch a scheduling break and nobody would die and the weather would cooperate and ...

    JUST GET THIS DONE.

    Anyway. There’s the update since there hasn’t been one since August.

    AUGUST. Grrrr. It’s freaking November.
     
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    Wow, pretty crazy update. Too much sad stuff Nate :(

    On lighter note - what will the avionics upgrade be?
     
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    Yeah Nate, quite the update. But, did you get laid in 2017? :D
     
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    Of course not, he's married. :)
     
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    'bout the same for me, but I haven't had the issues you've been dealing with
    Very true - talked to Paul yesterday....nothing until after the first of the year - he's got 3 multi's trying to finish up. All I want to do is finish the instrument. May move the cherokee down to KAPA for 3 months just to avoid the commute.

    Taking the 182 to KALS? Wish I could help, but even Mosca at this time of year isn't practical for me. Boutique Air offers $99 special twice a day. And you get to fly in a Pilatus.
     
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    Garmin GTN 650, GTX 345, and a new OBS and rearranging everything in the stack to pull one of the King radios to make room for the Garmin.

    Looking forward to that.
     
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    Just for posterity’s sake when someone reads this ten years from now...

    Not mine! LOL. Also covered in another thread. And the pilot was fine!

    (I re-read that and realized someday someone will read this and necropost it back to life. Hahaha.)
     
  8. Sinistar

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    Wow, that will be a sweet setup!!! The newest thing in our panel is a android tablet. If that's an old KX155 with a working display, we happily take donations :)
     
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    The one without glideslope, yup. But I think the avionics shop quite has them keeping it on trade in.

    We’re keeping the one with glideslope even though technically we won’t need it with the GTN up top. Gives us a backup way to fly an ILS if the GTN ever goes Tango Uniform.
     
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    Juuuuust updating...

    Almost got to go flying this morning. Talked to the CFI and he had a couple of hours to go help me knock off some rust, and then wanted me to just go fly the snot out of my airplane from the right seat.

    Forecast looked gnarly for doing lots of landing practice though. Was supposed to kick up to 18G22 right after we were planning to launch.

    We talked on the phone and decided we’d do it another day. No real reason to beat ourselves senseless as a cold front passage came through.

    Drove to work in a bunch of wind out here on the prairie. Windy at the office near DEN too.

    Got some news that applies to the “grand plan” and called the instructor. He had just gotten back from a twin flight. Apologized that we cancelled. Apparently it never hit the south side of town. Little gusty but nothing near 22. Ha. Oh well.

    So the news...

    Thought we had some time to get this done in December but the avionics shop wants the airplane a week or two sooner than we thought they would... so... airplane will go into the shop for its panel upgrades and we won’t have it for a couple of weeks here soon.

    And actually it’ll be three weeks. The shop wants to give some employee time off around Christmas and we can’t blame them, of course, so they were honest and said they’d like an additional week. Sooooo... we get the airplane back in early January.

    Called instructor, talked this over and decided with major work stuff going on for me Friday and Monday and possibly more days if anything goes sideways with this major project, and there’s a good chance something could go sideways, trying to cram a few days of flying plus scheduling a DPE just before Christmas (hey, this story sounds familiar eh @jesse ?) that we’d just nail down an early January date (Oh goodie! Freeze butt off and pre-heats for all morning flights! LOL... hey @jesse sounds familiar again doesn’t it??? Hahaha...) to just hammer at this whole burrito.

    New IPC, CFI SE add on, and CFII.

    So I guess I can go make some “filthy lucre” to help pay for Mr. Garmin to keep one of our friendly forum members here employed, and also to pay for a flurry (bad word... no snow. No snow. No SNOW!!) of flying activity in early January.

    I should probably just fill another propane bottle for the preheater now, and go fill the kerosene/diesel tank on the giant construction blast heater in the hangar after checking the tire pressure on it and making sure the little Honda generator has been tested and is happy. Haha.

    Maybe order some hand warmers for my jacket pockets too. Ughhhhh. LOL. I hate cold. But it’s survivable. Just annoying.

    So there’s the news. Looking forward to it. All I want for Christmas is a January where nobody keels over dead and nobody needs to go have emergency brain surgery and the weather at least partially cooperates without too much precipitation and...
     
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    Hmmm. One of my instructors texted me today and said he has time between now and Jan 5. Then no availability until Jan 19.

    Airplane won’t be back from the shop until Jan 6.

    LOL. Of course.

    I’m completely unavailable Jan 26-Feb 4.

    So it’s either rent an airplane NOW and do some stuff between Dec 26 and Jan 4 (too tight I think) or schedule Jan 20 - Jan 25 (also horribly tight) or... schedule for February.

    Uggggh. I don’t like they way this is panning out for January.

    This ... is not a good start ... to 2018.
     
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    Flew (someone else’s) 182 yesterday with instructor for 1.7 and started beating the rust off... also good to get a slightly different sight picture out the front and fly a slightly different panel and control layout. Was fun.

    Most notable was that it’s an S model and heavier than mine. They got fat. Takes a little more power to do everything. The fuel injected engine is actually louder in the cockpit I think... different sound for sure. Might be the three bladed prop doing that also.

    Kinda liked the leather seats and the better panel lighting near sunset. Ha. Made me realize how wimpy our panel lighting is. ;)

    Going up again this afternoon...
     
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    I would think the 3-bladed would be quieter? Maybe its the extra nose weight of the prop or are the 'S' models just that much heavier?
     
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    Dunno for sure what makes them heavier. Seats, nicer interior, stuff in the panel, the prop, it all adds up I guess.

    Another 1.4 in it today and it definitely won’t float like mine with the STOL kit will. I have to slow up more, which can quickly turn into a bad habit in this one. Interesting that mine has more flaps by ten degrees too, but I can make this one come down a lot faster without power. That prop probably plays a part in that also, as a big speed brake. With two big dudes in it, we were playing with the W&B Mary today and proved that without anything in the back, we can pretty easily push it out of the forward edge of the CG envelope at high fuel load and heavy total weights.

    Seems a bit more forward than mine is. Two big dudes I’m up against the line, but in this one we go over it just a hair. Tossing almost literally any weight in the baggage area fixes it though, and it has the higher MGTOW than mine does, so if you can burn down some fuel... you’re good to go. 3100 vs 2950 which we’ve looked at for ours and just don’t do missions that need it very often. It also will carry more fuel.

    It’s subtle. But it definitely needs more power for stuff, about 200 RPM more through the normal pattern, but still well out of the governing range.

    Power off 180s could be entertaining in it. Not quite Arrow-like... throw brick out window, follow brick... but closer than mine.

    Did a bunch of full stop / taxi backs both days so we could discuss teaching technique and the landings in depth each time. Today it got dark and I got to do some of the landings at night. Interesting how hard it is to keep teaching/talking while you yourself are experiencing a bit of s depth perception problem, and trying to explain why you’re working harder than should be necessary... then you realize after you land that the “student” turned the landing light off and that’s the taxi light you’re landing by.

    Hehehehe. Evil instructor-simulating-clueless-student stuff.

    Having fun with it. Learned a good word for me today... teach what the student can “anticipate”... in other words just like being ahead of the airplane and the student, also teach a little further into the “future” than right this second. That’s cleaning up some “didn’t teach it soon enough” slowness. Don’t know why that word made it click with me, but it did. Tell them what they can anticipate. Seems simple, or even DUH, but helped a lot today.
     
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    You should be doing this stuff in a certain Piper. Just think what the evil instructor could be doing to you then...
     
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    After all, I'm available and love playing the stupid student....er....sometimes, not even playacting at it...
     
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    I appreciate the offer, but looking at the paperwork scattered in the office, it looks like they’ve recently done some homework on doing stuff in aircraft that aren’t theirs, and have a new form where they want to be properly named/listed on insurance or otherwise properly covered in client aircraft...

    So that’ll be a minor headache (thank goodness our insurance agent is awesome) if we move back to MY airplane, let alone yours...

    Might be noteworthy for @murphey also, since the plan was to fly that OTHER Piper with one of my instructors next year, I think.

    Just happened to see the form sitting out, but didn’t ask about it yet. Haven’t seen it before, but I “get it” if they’re adding a “are we properly insured” checklist for client owned aircraft. Kinda surprised they didn’t formally do it before, really.
     
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    Insurance shouldn’t be a problem for you acting as PIC in your aircraft regardless of the ballast in the right seat. Obviously if they are named insured then there won’t be any question.
     
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    Yeah, understand. I didn’t read all the bullet points on the form to see if they’re all required, or if it’s an if-then-else sort of document. May not even be their form, might have just been some printed off research material.
     
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    If I'm in the airplane (even in back) you're covered. More fun if I'm the student.
     
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    Don't forget the Lyc IO-540 vs. Conti O-470.
     
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    Of course, but I didn’t think those two engines were significantly different in weight. I’d have fo look that up though.
     
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    Got another 2.0 in today.

    Forecast and actual winds never matched once, and mountain wave plus oddball warm front made things keep going from dead calm to ultra-squirrelly, direction and speed. One of those days where your gut says, “watch it”...

    And it was good I did. Doing a power off 180 I leveled off a little high and was waiting for the sink rate to finish taking me on down where I would need a much heavier flare than usual and the bottom fell out... immediate full power announcing “going around!” and we still bounced off of the mains. Whew.

    All day long everyone up in the wave was complaining of moderate and even one severe turbulence PIREP from an A319 (!!) (no, it wasn’t Delta, it was United) on approach into DEN from the north, and on and off LLWS warnings at KAPA with 30-45 minutes of dead calm or variable in between, as the wave and where it was bouncing off the ground was at and how it was mixing with the stuff below it in the valley.

    Still not quite used to the non-STOL 182. Got to see how it behaves with a 10-15 knot shear and it isn’t as nice as mine... I’d have just sunk and settled on with a hard pull and lots of power.

    The near gross 182S plummets like a Piper. Haha. (just picking on y’all that fly bricks... hehe)

    Anyway before that we did air work. The Commercial maneuvers from the right seat aren’t a problem for me.

    One oddity is I still feel like the airplane isn’t straight when it’s actually tracking straight from the right side. The landings are okay, some even good, but I eventually end up landing with the nose pointed slightly right. It’s odd. But I’m learning just to land with what feels to me like it’s slightly nose left, and that works. The centerline to me from the right seat looks like it’s at an angle.

    I tried something on the ground and it may have something to do with my glasses and my dominant eye.

    If I close my right eye the paint line looks straight. Both eyes open, my right eye further from centerline is dominant and I think that’s what is doing it. Without ruining my depth perception by keeping it closed, I think I’ll try briefly closing my right eye on a few landings just for a moment and memorizing and correcting from THAT runway paint line angle rather than the one I get with both eyes open.

    And interestingly I know I’m right eye is dominant from shooting. Took me forever to figure this out! I should have realized this sooner.

    No idea why it never was a problem in the Seminole, but I bet knowing this I can absolutely fix it now in the 182. No wonder!
     
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    Metars this morning were all over the place. I decided to not even go to FTG since there was a 7 degree C between DEN and FTG. Bad weird stuff stay home.
     
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    We came really close to canceling and then decided when it dropped to literally dead calm to go do air work and see how it looked when we came back. And it was great, until that last landing. Instructors always want to have you quit on a good one so he suggested we could do a couple more, but I was done... I told him I understood the psychology of stopping on a good one, and we could make a good one for the next full stop and call it a day.

    Plus I was a little surprised at the end when we read off 2.0. It was a workout. It was probably time to be done anyway. ;)

    The TAFs for tomorrow originally looked “okay” and we talked about doing another day tomorrow, but I see the TAFs have gone to crap, and as we talked he said I’ve got the stuff all headed the right direction again now, and just need to practice a bit to smooth it all up. He said I’m “officially” checked out in their airplane now and can rent it if desired to practice without him.

    He’s headed out for vacation in a few days and has two other students to move along with harder personal schedules (it’s interesting watching my instructors try to juggle everyone’s schedules... especially with accelerated courses where if folks can just make the time, they’ve usually saved up the money), so we decided I’ll practice both in their airplane and mine if/when it comes back from the shop.

    As soon as he returns from his trip, we’ll hit as many days as weather will allow and checkride will be scheduled for two days before I go out of town for a short trip. First day as primary, second day as weather backup. And of course this time of year, who knows... but that’s the plan for now.

    We left a voice message for the DPE today to see what his schedule looks like that week. Haven’t heard yet, but not expecting to yet either. See what we hear on that. :)
     
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    A friend of mine lives at the north end of Horsetooth Reservoir and complained this morning the winds were nearly ripping his shingles off ... (he exaggerated a little, but showed 56 mph winds), while at the same time, the METAR at KLMO showed 6 knots.
     
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    Yup. Northwest was NOT the place to be. Multiple PIREPs of shenanigans at KBJC today too, but that’s pretty normal for winter. And spring. And summer. And fall. At KBJC. ;)

    Gliding forecast from NWS said the wave was good to 44,000’ today. My glider nut friend and co-worker was wondering if anyone braved the always-underneath rotors those Boulder glider-heads plow through on-tow, to get up to the laminar flow of the wave today.

    Would have been a good day for opening the wave box with Denver Center, and freezing your butt off in the flight levels in a glider, if that’s your kinda thing. I hear electric socks and electric or chemical hand warmers make it such that at least you won’t have frostbite when playing up there in the gliders. Haha. No heat in a glider and hanging out in the flight levels... just sounds cold.
     
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    Are you working with Larry or Paul? I need to set up a schedule with Paul - when I talked to him after Turkey Day he said get in touch after Christmas. Also need a new IFR cert for the cherokee. Didn't happen when the 335 was installed, which really surprised me.
     
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    Paul. Both are still slammed, schedule-wise. I wouldn’t wait to talk to them if you’re looking to get on their schedules by February.

    That is a surprise on the IFR cert. It was required to test the static system anyway as part of the install, maybe even the whole system, but they definitely had to break into the static system to add it, I think. If so, seems stupid not to do the whole test. Huh.