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...