Sunday, July 26, 2015

iPad Mini 3 Install

This morning I decided to touch up the support tubes in the Sundowner and get the iPad mini 3 mounted. I papered off the area and after cleaning up the tubes, put down two coats of black paint. The 'scars' as a result of normal wear and aging now look a bit fresher and clean.
This week I had purchased the Sporty's iPad Mini 3 Yoke Mount. I really like the easy snap in/out to make the connection and it sits very secure in the mount. The package came with the following items; the iPad Mini Cradle with 1” ball,  Standard Double Socket Arm (3") and the Yoke Mounting Base.
Installation was very easy, typical RAM mount products.  I moved the mini back plate mount 1" ball to the optional location that allowed the iPad to sit lower over the yoke. Overall it squared up very nice and felt secure. My one concern was that if not centered it would cause the yoke to turn while in flight.  I flight tested on the flight last night to and from KILG to take our friend Jo Ann home. I flew hands off with no issues, the light weight iPad mini had no affect.
My flight test did provide one tid bit that I am going to change and that is the standard double socket arm.  The 3" length projects the iPad to far from the yoke, overall length 3.69", socket to socket length 3-Inch. I ordered the smaller version with an overall length of 2.38" and socket to socket length of 2".  This change, although just an inch, will tuck the mount closer to the yoke and provide a cleaner look and feel when holding the yoke.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Out and Back

Our friend Jo Ann is going to join us at the beach this weekend and Mary offered that we could pick her up at Wilmington, KILG and save her the drive.  Perfect out and back mission that will add some time to my flight totals.  Besides, who likes driving in beach traffic, not me.

We had a few errands to run and then we headed to the airport. Mary and I seem to be out of sync, due mostly to our lack of flying together since I retired. I took on 22 gallons of fuel to bring 08Romeo to 45 and we were ready to go.  I completed my final walk around as Mary closed the hangar door, we were finally ready to go.
great temps at altitude
I had filed last night but decided to just pick up flight following with Dover.  Wilmington had a Vice Presidential TFR scheduled but the plan was to be back in the air heading south when that kicked in.
Dover eventually cut me loose and recommended further flight following with Philly but I switched to the tower at ILG and monitored traffic.

In just a few miles I would be at the ten mile out mark crossing the C&D canal contacting the tower to advise inbound, with (ATIS) Lima, going to Red Eagle. I was directed to advise 3 mile left base runway three-two. As I was about to advise the left base position the tower asked me to extend the base....huh what? I knew what he wanted, he need some extra time so that the jet, on an engine test flight, could run up and then depart.  I acknowledged and slowed down, adding a second notch of flaps and turning out enough to be on an extended final approach when I turned for the runway.
cape henlopen
I made a nice landing and got the full length taxi, crossing runway nine - two-seven and exit on the last taxiway. Perfect, this put me just a short distance from Red Eagle. I shut down on the ramp and went inside to talk to the guys at the shop while Mary watched for Jo Ann.
I wanted to ask about getting on the schedule for some work, adding the Garmin Flight Stream 210, GDL88, an Stec 20 auto pilot and he has a Garmin 340 audio panel just traded in that he'll give me a good price on. When we get back from South Dakota 08Romeo is headed in the shop, she'll get her IFR cert done too.
A fun day flying and I got some info for 08Romeos avionics upgrades.  Next up is a tour of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern shore of Virginia. I'll have pics to post and a write up to share.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

South Jersey Regional at OXB

After swapping a few text messages Dave S and I agreed on a meet up for dinner.  The plan was to meet him and his Bride Lynn for dinner at the Harborside Bar and Grill in west Ocean City, MD.  Dave gave a heads up that there would be eight in the party heading down from KVAY- South Jersey Regional.
This was an easy gig for Mary and I, a ten minute drive from home to the airport.  We headed over to OXB in time to hear Dave call 14 miles out of Ocean City.  The fly guys of South Jersey made their way in, one by one.  First Dave in his Cherokee 235, followed by Michael in his Arrow and the last couple in their Cessna 182.
I had room for two in our ML320 and the rest of the group piled in one of the Express Rent a Car Ford Expeditions supplied by Don. It was a short hop to Harborside for great eats and even better company.
We all headed back to the airport and said our goodbyes. Mary and I watched as one by one they taxied for departure.  We headed out and parked on the airport road as we watched all three climb out for home.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

iPad Mini 3

iPad Mini 3 64GB Wi-Fi/Cellular
I decided it was time to upgrade. I have been using Foreflight v5.0 on my iPad1 for what seems like forever.  I use the iPad for flying only.  I have the typical wx apps, weight & balance, Airnav, Flightaware and the likes. I will say it has worked without any problems although I've noticed it seems to be slowing down. I have all my instrument plates stored and IFR low charts.  With all the Foreflight updates, now version 7.2, I was starting to fall behind the curve.
The mini was delivered today and in just a few minutes I had downloaded all my goodies from the Cloud. My W&B didn't work so I'll need to learn how to share my airplane file for that to get squared away. I have been doing my flight planning and file on the iPhone6 plus, so additional screen size will be nice.   
I also purchased the yoke mount by RAM. This seems to be the mount of choice with my friends that have the mini so I'm giving it a shot. I will have a trip report posted this weekend with the mini mounted on the yoke and my iPad on my lap.
This will be step one in the upgrade process. I'll be adding the Flight Stream 210 and the Garmin GDL88 to couple to my 530W and have the Bluetooth wireless gateway in place along with ADS-B and Traffic.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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    Saturday, July 18, 2015

    ForeFlight Connect

    LOVE IT!!!  Great job Foreflight!


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    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Breakfast With My Brother

    We have been talking about this for some time and Thursday evening I told Mary I'm going to text Joe and see if he wants to meet up.  My brother owns his own business, Mascelli Financial Associates, and he works from home on Fridays.  I think he's just bagging work. ;)
    The plan was to meet up around 9:30 at the Summit Airport, KEVY located in Middletown, Delaware.  It's a quick hop in 08Romeo vs an hour and a half drive.  Joe made the 10-15 minute trip from his home to the airport terminal to pick me up.
    I ran a little late getting to the airport due to chatting it up this morning with our new neighbors, they are really nice folks.  I was soon pulling through the gate and calling for fuel at the terminal. Tony came out, added fifteen gallons to bring me to forty for my flight. I had filed but decided on picking up flight following since there was no misty fog layer this morning, it was all clear. 08Romeo launched and made a nice steady climb for three thousand. I made my call for flight following with Dover Approach providing them my position, altitude and request.  Dover came back with my new squawk code and off we went, riding along together.
    Dover turned me loose to squawk VFR since I was exiting their control area to the north. I thanked him for the ride along and switched over to Unicom at Summit. I shot the GPS 35 approach and since the winds were pretty much calm I landed instead of circling to land on one-seven.

    I walked through the terminal and sent a text that I was at the terminal. As I walked out the front door Joe pulled up in his SUV, what timing!
    Milford, DE  SR1 and RT113
    It was a short drive for breakfast at Bob Evans. The food and Service was very good. It was nice just to sit and catch up, I miss our days of coaching baseball and dinners after the games but at least we can still meet up as often as possible.
    We are going to get together and play another round of golf soon.  We ended up in a tie on the last round we played over the 4th of July holiday.  I would say he took it easy on me but I know better, I just got very lucky.
    Ocean City Airport...JUMPERS AWAY!!!
    The return flight was bumpy but not terrible. No flight following this leg, instead, I cranked up the SiriusXM radio and sang along to the hits of the 70's. God forbid if I EVER had a stuck mic. Mary and I are looking forward to catching up with Joe and Janice for some additional beach time, (ladies shopping and men golfing).