Tuesday, June 20, 2017


And I bet you've already figured it out.

It all started innocently enough with a crazy (in hind sight) idea to actually do a few flights featuring those "fly over" states. You know the places I mean, those areas where there's not much to see--no important history and little stunning scenery. Just...space.

On the ground at KOKM Okmulgee OK. Yeah, I'd never heard of it either. Turns out the place was founded in the mid-to-late 1860's by the Creek Indian Nation and all was well--until oil was discovered. You can guess the rest after that.

The town presently has a population of a little over 12000 and has been losing population steadily. Okmulgee is located east central Oklahoma. Most of us would say "nothing to see here, move along".

Off the ground and climbing for FL240 (amended to FL260) for the two and a half hour flight to Saratoga WY & Shively Field, another place I'd never heard of.

Been a long time since I've noticed one of those. Still a nice sight.

Saratoga is one of those places far off the beaten path but offers several points of interest to those willing to spend a little time and effort. A historic hotel and nearby mineral hot springs offer relaxation and the area boasts extensive fishing.

Yeah, I sound like a tourist guide.

I'm putting off the inevitable, so I might as well move along now.

I'm over easter Wyoming and starting to think about landing. Incidentally, Saratoga lies in south central Wyoming but not near the Interstate highway system.

Turning for final.

Seconds to go and all is well--except for that dang warning horn and I'm nowhere near stall speed.

I was impressed by the shower of sparks I was rewarded with for a perfect no point landing. I think this is going to leave ugly marks and cost a little--maybe even a lot--of money to hide.

I don't think those scuffs will buff out.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Maine, But no Lobstah This Time

I flew a few people from the Greenbrier Community (they sell homes on the Hotel property staring at a very affordable 4.2 Million--not kidding on this one) up to Bangor ME for a day trip. Nice fun if you can afford it. I take it that this was more of a golf/shopping trip since we didn't fly into the more to be expected Bar Harbor.

At the hold short line for 4. Filed for FL250 for the two and a half hour flight.

Just off the ground at Lewisburg KLWB. We'll arrive at just about noon and unloAd into a couple of waiting SUV's.

Here we are--or nearly so. The coast of Maine over there to our right. I was able to enjoy a few minutes of conversation with my pax during the flight--they are going to Bangor to participate in an amateur duplicate Bridge competition. If you've never heard of it, think of chess, only vastly more complex.

Bangor down there and KBGR seconds ahead.

Just at touchdown.
"Very smooth landing captain. Thank you.
Glad to oblige ma'am, professional pilot at work."

Sort of an antique aircraft over there. Several B-52's stationed here. Maine Air National Guard base.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I'm Back

Hello everyone. I have been gone for a while (3 week trip), so I have took a short re-acquaintance in the Piper Pacer from Misty's Place to Ketchikan.

Taxiing to the active. This will only be about a 15 minute flight, and I'll just ded reckon myself to the destination.

Lined up for takeoff...

Wee Haaa! Feels good to be back in the air again. I'll fly out of the inlet, hang a left, fly along the shore and the turn to land at Ketchikan.

Bostwick Inlet

Flying over Misty's Yacht Club. I instaled this scenery a while ago, but I have never landed there! Always flying over it, and never checking it out from the ground. You can see a couple of shipwrecks in the shallow bay.

This is the left turn I mentioned. If you look closely, you can already see the town of Ketchikan against the mountainside in the distance.

Kethickan's tourist transports, the massive cruise ships that bring thousands of people there. I've actually been to Ketchikan on one!

After passing the big hill somewhat blocking the cruise ships, I hung a left and there's the airport!

I lined up a long way out for a good stabilized approach.

The strengthening bars crossing the windshield make it hard to see sometime. I usually have to yaw around a little bit so I can see.

Touchdown! A good one too! Landing Rate Monitor says only -86 FPM.

It will be a long taxi back. I think the taxiing made up a large part of my time

And shutdown in parking.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time for Some Shrimp and Grits

Time for a shorter flight yesterday. During the summer my flight sim time seems limited.

Unlike most times ATC directed me to 22 at KLWB Lewisburg WV for take off. Very convenient since that's the runway I was going to request.

I'm headed for Hilton Head Island SC. Joyce and I will hang out, have dinner tonight and fly back home tomorrow.

Right now it's haying season here in Eastern WV. The scenery below can easily be imagined as being hayed off already and the bails gathered and stored away.

Near Pulaski VA. You can see U.S. Highway 460 and the New River down there.

Maybe 3-4 miles to go for KHXD Hilton Head Island SC.

Time for some shrimp and grits. You can find a good recipe here.

The above recipe closely matches that served at Cafe Michel, Clifton Forge VA.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Although it is only a short hop from Tahsis BC to Port McNeill BC the scenery is grand.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

No Place Like Home

Think about it: Thomas Wolfe "You can't go home again"; Robert Frost "Home is where when you go there they have to take you in"; Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz film) "There's no place like home! There's no place like home!"

I'm sure I can fine a lot more with little effort. So it was that it became time for me to go home for a while.

Cranking up at KEYE Eagle Creek Airpark, Indianapolis IN. I've always enjoyed Eagle Creek for some reason. I just like flying in or out of the place and I have no idea why.

Holding short at 3 for clearance to "line up and wait". We'll be on our way shortly for the hour and a half flight.

Off the ground and on our way to FL190 for the short flight.

Near Beckley WV. Just about to drop below the ceiling at 7500 ft msl. Once we're below the cloud deck we'll have 10+ mile visibility and calm at KLWB for landing. The usual runway 4 approach.

Alderson WV down there, maybe 20 miles (?) to go. Maybe less, I don't have the approach plate in front of me.

Summer in my P3D is really green and this year the real world is just as green. We've had a lot of rain this spring.

Rare view at the extreme end of 4. I've usually turned off before this but I went a little (very little I might add) before touch-down and didn't turn off until the end of 4. Smooth, smooth landing for sure.

Here we are. Lewisburg WV...