Monday, April 06, 2020

OSMO Gimbal Learning Curve

Since we are still under the stay in place order I'm not sure about flight time.  Although listening to all the traffic when I arrived at Ocean City Airport things seemed pretty much normal.  I took Ziva out for some exercise and I got to experiment with the new gimbal iPhone camera mount by OSMO. 
I am working out the logistics to safely have Mary drive to Delaware Airpark (KGED) to pick me up on the day I drop of 3 Tango Charlie for annual.  Delaware State Police are stopping vehicles with out of state tags, so we are a target. Maybe a call to confirm with the DSP will ease my brides anxiety. 

Stay safe, keep your distance and soon things will get back to business as usual. At least I hope so. 

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Keeping Busy

As we all deal with the stay at home orders, and finally having time to do the things we have put off, I still need more. We have been cooking, that's been fun. Mary has also been baking, and that's been really good, the yummy kind of good. 

The housekeepers have been benched so Mary and I are back to cleaning. This is not the most fun, but it's really not that difficult. I haven't danced with the vacuum in ages, fortunately we still have our steps down pat. Together Mary and I cleaned up the back porch, and it is now ready for summer and our much anticipated crab feasts. Actually, we are giving some thought to adding an HVAC unit, and all new windows to replace the units we have. Idle time time thinking of projects = $. Yikes!

I have been keeping busy getting ready for 3 Tango Charlie's annual inspection, coming up in just ten days. I'm providing my squawk list, items I want installed, factory inspection procedures and helpful various inspection processes that are Commander specific.  Type clubs are great for providing information and helpful advice gained through experience. 

I have also been playing around with the new OSMO gimbal 3 hand held mount for the iPhone and I am trying to figure a way to secure one of my video cameras on the mount.  This has been entertaining and frustrating at the same time.
While reading through every post on multiple flying forums, one in particular caught my eye. This was the flying sim thread. I haven't used a flight sim at home since before I started flying or soon after.  My how things have changed. So, for $59 I purchased the digital copy of XPlane 11. I have since sold or given away my yoke and rudder pedals, since they haven't been located following an exhaustive search at the hangar, and our home. I am faced with a decision, new logitech yoke or just a joystick. I'm leaning towards a Logitech 3D joystick since the yoke doesn't really provide a realistic feedback.  Besides, I'm only interested in shooting approaches anyway and it saves $$.  What the real issue is going to be, will be finding a Commander aircraft to fly.  There is none for XPlane.  Maybe Microsoft 2020 will have something I can eventually upgrade to.
For now I plan on downloading the Carenado A36 Bonanza, the only aircraft I can find with an Aspen EFD 1000 EFIS. It comes with a Garmin 430, a KFC 225 autopilot, and I can swing the gear to keep with the GUMPS mantra. 
Yes, I'm getting bored and at least I'll be flying, ok, sort of. I did find it pretty neat that I can connect my iPad mini 4 and 5 to chart my location, see traffic and route plan.  It's a shame I can't transfer the plan to the flight sim. Yes, I still miss my Flight Stream 210!
What have you done to keep busy?  Anyone sim flying? Stay safe, stay at home, practice social distancing if you do go out to walk the dog or just go out to exercise. Hoping life returns to whatever the new normal will be very soon. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal



Transform your videography with DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal Combo. It's DJI’s most foldable, lightweight, and portable 3-axis stabilizer yet for iPhone—helping you to effectively eliminate shake and capture smooth, stable footage. Along with the Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal, this combo pack includes a tripod, carrying case, and other essentials to help you start shooting immediately.

Eliminate shake

The 3-axis gimbal delivers super-smooth, stabilized footage. Its lightweight, ultra-responsive design reacts to your movements in real time, letting you focus more on the moment at hand.

What's in the box

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal
DJI Osmo Grip tripod
DJI Osmo Carrying case
Power cable
Storage pouch
Wrist strap
Anti-slip pads
Weight: 14.29 oz.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Flight Plans for Commander Fly-In

The Commander Owners Group posted the dates and location for their Annual Fly-In event.  Mary and I will be planning to attend in September.  The location is French Lick, Indiana.  Wait, what....where is that location?  You read it just fine. Accommodations are set up for the French Lick Springs Resort, and it looks pretty spiffy.
Our plan is to fly out in one day, maybe even non-stop depending on the winds. Most likely we will make a one stop fuel/bathroom break and go. Looking over the Foreflight planning, a midway stop would be close to Charleston, WV., at the Yeager Airport.  There is plenty of runway and approaches if needed. Capitol Jet Center will be the FBO of choice, although I don't remember it under that name on our last visit.

Following our fuel and go at CRW we'll saddle up for the last leg, maybe a two and a half hour hop. French Lick Municipal will be a new airport for us and it will serve as the fly-in home base of operations. 

I'm excited to meet up with fellow Commander owners and hopefully they will have some sort of maintenance clinics. There is still so much to learn about our Commander. 

I hope to follow up with some additional info on possible clinics and a bit more in depth review of the Resort dubbed "The Midwest's Premier Resort Destination". Exactly what is there to do in French Lick, Indiana???

Saturday, March 28, 2020

VLog Update 3/28/2020

Mary and I are trying to maintain the appropriate social distance from others and still have some fun. I went out to the hangar Thursday to go through some boxes that have been stored since we retired here in Ocean City. I was looking for my yoke and pedals for flight sim, I must have sold them. I didn't feel like dragging the plane out or putting it away so I did not fly.

On Friday, Mary and took our American Mastiff to the airport for some fun play time. We actually gave some thought to flying and taking the beast with us. 
Instead we decided on a take out lunch from Five Guys, then parking at the Ocean City Inlet in our SUV.

We hope to be flying soon, even if we have to bring chairs with us, order take out, and eat on the ramp next to our plane.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Great TP Hunt of 2020

Wednesday 3/25

The bride and I went out to do our regular order late this morning, maybe almost noon. We keep a list on the fridge and when the page is full we go shop (usually three weeks). Away we went, and managed to pick up just about everything on the regular order list. Before we left the house I took stock of our TP situation, which is typically 2 six packs. So I noticed today we were into the last pack and there were four rolls left. So TP went on the list. 

At the first market, Food Lion, we completed our order, however they had no TP. The second stop was at a Wawa, sort of like a 7/11, but much better. We love their milk and that's the only brand we will buy. Milk purchased. Wawa didn't have any TP nor do I think they even carry it on a regular basis. We drove across the parking lot to a CVS and they didn't have any TP either.  

We headed across the state line into Fenwick Delaware and hit the first Wallgreens, Food Lion, and Harris Teeter we found.  Three strikes, we're out, no TP. Apparently the towns of Ocean City MD, and Fenwick DE are out of TP. Oh, the horror.

What is wrong with people? Is it that hard to just fill your typical orders and not go bat crap crazy. I guess tomorrow will be another  TP mission, and most likely we'll buy one six pack. 

If I see someone hoarding I swear I am going to throw in a pepto-bismal bottle for every package of TP they have. I want to be a good neighbor and help with their obvious diarrhea/mental problems. 

Thursday 3/26

Attempt number two, pun intended. 

Mary and I once again went to the grocery store across from our community at 7:20 this morning. Food Lion employees said yesterday that they had a truck coming in, so there should be plenty of TP on the shelf this morning. It was gone, every last package, and they had just opened at 7am. Are you kidding me?!

So the hunt resumed again today, with the plan to retrace the five stops from yesterday. Thankfully, the Acme on Ocean Highway, maybe seven or eight miles from home, had the much coveted TP. Yes, we hit pay dirt on the second stop! Let's go home.

We are now happily back home with two packages secured. I'm thinking we are good to go, even though we felt shame for buying that second pack. My bride said, pull in the garage, I don't want to do the TP walk of shame for buying more then one pack. 

Two days driving around - 1/4 tank of gas 

Filled grocery order - Completed 
Drove around making five stops in two states for TP - Mission fail 
Drove around making two stops for TP - Mission Success

Monday, March 23, 2020

Computer Update

With all this computer talk on the forums I frequent, I decided to finally update what I'm working with. I have been running the same desk top unit for at least 15 years, I know, I'm living in the stone age. What really has driven the update is the need for video editing speed. It was time. It was past time. 

I purchased a Dell G3 gaming laptop, and I'll reuse my monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse. Here are the specs.

9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive (Storage)
15.6-in. display

I also added a WD Elements 3TB Portable External Hard Drive along with an Anker USB C Hub 4 port.

I must say the video editing takes less time and the upload process is much faster.  The editing software hasn't crashed and I can actually run the latest version I paid for now that my system can handle it. I know this will sound crazy but I miss my old Windows version. 

With the social distancing and shelter in place warnings, I am giving some thought to purchasing the latest and greatest Flight Sim. I have no clue where my yoke and rudder pedals are, maybe stored in a box in the hangar. If it stops raining I'll head over to the hangar and look for the controls.

Any recommendations on Flight Sim software??