Saturday, June 24, 2017

Garmin Exec Training

Once upon a time, Garmin GPS units were new, perhaps even somewhat unexplored territory.

Garmin is based in Olathe KN--our destination--while Huntsville AL--our take off point--is also known as "Rocket City" because of it's importance to the U.S. space program. Perhaps once upon a time a group of engineers (dare we even say Astronauts?) needed advanced training in using the new Garmin GPS equipment...

Cranking up at Madison Co. Exec KMDQ for the nearly two hour flight to Olathe.

Off the ground with wheels coming up. Gotta been my best behavior this trip. No forgotten landing gear this time. The guys in back will judge such things harshly.

Turning onto course. We'll settle in at FL220 for the trip.

Missouri down there. Partly to mostly cloudy for the trip

Turning over a fixed point (well, almost) over Kansas City. Olathe is just west of Kansas City

Over Kansas City with a view of the Missouri and Kansas ("KAW" to the locals) Rivers. Minutes out and I've finally gotten the attention of those clowns (what a party hearty bunch) in back that it's time to buckle up and calm down.

This and next: On the ground at Johnson Co. Exe. Olathe Kansas.

Note the gear in the down & locked position.

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.

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.