Wednesday, June 30, 2010

... please no jeans!

Fly-ins aren't ALL the same...

I got an invitation to brunch at the airport John Travolta's based at. BUT WAIT... don't be impressed - it IS an "invitation"... but sort of like those "you've been nominated to be listed in the 'Who's Who'" invitations ... after you send the check... or nominated for the honor of buying Farmers Insurance, lol. I got it because I was flying out of Saratosa, FL (nearby) and still get the FBO newsletter. Cirrus Aviation (no relation to the plane) and good guys.

Anyway... I was struck by the difference between this and the "fly-ins" I'm used to.

Here's an excerpt from the invitation:

It's Brunch time!!
Bring your family and friends for a fun day with us at Jumbolair Aviation Estates! Enjoy a delicious brunch and take in beautiful views along the way... Experience a great fly-in featuring some spectacular aircraft at an unbelievable location.
Cost: $40 per adult; $20 for children. Please also plan a $10 gratuity per person. Dress is casual, but please no jeans!
Must RSVP!

You will have a great time!


Here's JT's 'strip'

Hmmm. Not hotdogs and apples by the fire on the beach...

Alaska "fly-in" - much better!!! Lol

Having said that... I WOULD go if I was nearby. It probably would be fun.... parking my big tired
taildragger next to the Citations would be fun anyway. :-). But I'd have to buy some pants. Long ones. Not denim. :-) And then replace them after I'd rubbed on the plane, lol

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Commercial Maneuvers

I started getting some dual on commercial maneuvers to prep for my commercial/multi school in a couple months. I need about 7 more hours of complex time and figure I might as well try to get a leg up before I go to the school since it's accelerated and likely intense. I'm doing the training in a C172RG for the complex time.

So we're flying chandelles and lazy eights which are much harder than I expected. I've only got an hour, but don't feel very close to getting them.... My instructor said he could teach them to me in 3 hours max, so 'we' better get with the program, lol. He emailed me that he was looking forward to "seeing you try those manuevers again" which didn't give me a warm feeling, lol

If you're interested, the Commercial "Performance Maneuvers" are described in the really pretty good FAA publication "Airplane Flying Handbook" Chapter 9, starting on page 41.

So far though, we've been weathered out of 3 of the first 4 scheduled days.

My new instructor is a nice guy and a cop by day I think. We get along fine (one common thread with instructors is that they almost always comment that I'm fun to fly with:-)) so it should work out fine. He's a good resource too. Always providing handouts and information; He can put his hands on documentation really quickly and seems to have a lot of it.

Of course, I think I'm the perfect student - experienced enough so they don't get sick but don't catch on very quickly either :-)