Monday, June 29, 2015

Rusty Pilot

Yea! I finally got back in the air today!  The wx looked great and there were NO contractors working in or outside of our house.
 I updated my data card for the 530W and off I went to Ocean City Airport.  I took my time and really went over the plane during my pre-flight, we haven't flown since May 30th.  Everything looked great, I had 27 gallons of fuel on board for the flight and iPad and data had a fresh update.
I climbed out of OC and headed up the coast. The pictures were ok, but I didn't really care since I was viewing it first hand.  The beach was getting crowded with umbrellas and I kept my head on a swivel for banner tows.  I cruised along at 2700' listening to music, OC's CTAF and Dover Approach.
I decided to take on some fuel at Sussex County, KGED so I turned west just north of the Indian River inlet bridge.  I switched over to GED's CTAF and monitored traffic.  There were two flights of RV's departing and one remaining in the area to play airshow team.  Smoke on...smoke off...good gravy, we're trying to make pattern calls here.

I made a nice landing in the crosswind and taxied in to take on fuel. Service was quick and my turn around just as fast.  I was back in the air heading home to OXB.  I did work on slow flight and a steep turn or two, then pointed back to the coast and the Indian river inlet bridge for a fly by heading south.
A fun hour or so in the air and a beautiful view.  I hope to get back in the air this week for a trip over to Millville to catch up with a few friends.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Planned Flights

Its a gorgeous day and I am sitting here typing while waiting for the stone mason to show up. I should be at the airport pulling 08Romeo out of hibernation and getting some air time or at the very least sitting on the beach working on my tan.

While I sit here and wait I decided to post some info on our planned flights for the end of summer and fall season. So far we are locked into reservations for our late summer trip to Jekyll Island.
We went back and forth on a hotel and while the Westin on Jekyll would be fantastic, it was decided that we should save some money and book at the Hampton Inn.  With a huge fall trip scheduled we wanted to watch the flying budget dollars and the Hampton has always provided a clean room and great service on prior trips.
For our fall trip we decided on attending the Beech Aero Clubs BACFest.  This year the gathering of mice will be in Dubuque, Iowa.  It will be a busy few days with a Fly-out with lunch to Abel Island, mouse maintenance clinics, a Mississippi River cruise with dinner,a shopping trip for the significant others with lunch, member meeting with lunch, and a Banquet in the River View Room located at our hotel, The Grand Harbor Resort and River Convention Center.
On departure day, Sunday, Mary and I decided to make the flight out to Rapid City, KRAP.  It's five hours flight time and it will cross off one of my bucket list items, viewing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. I would also like to see the Devils Tower and visit the Badlands National Park. Maybe the last two by air, TBD.
It will be a busy flying two weeks but I am really excited.  It will be a fun trip for Mary and I and I'm sure one to add to our 'most' memorable flights.
We are also working on a trip out to Dayton Ohio and a trip to Boston to visit family. Maybe we can wrap an overnight or two in Dayton before BACFest, that would make for shorter legs on the overall trip and give us some time to see our friends.  Mary and I have also talked about getting back to Maine, maybe a four day get-away to Bar Harbor.  So much to see and do.
Next up my flight physical scheduled for July27th and getting my updated aircraft registration in that expires July 31st.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

N/A Updates

June has been a busy month, unfortunately not for my flying.  Mary and I decided to update our home with a total repaint, new crown molding, ceiling fans and light fixtures.  It kind of sounds like our push to sell the old home but we plan on staying here.

The indoor project is finishing up and the last few items are outdoor related.  We decided to add a stone wall around our plantings and I have a company coming out to power wash the place. I think that should do it for a while but there are two bathrooms we could update.

I'm looking forward to getting back in the air. We have scheduled a few trips and locked in some reservations so I will have some flying posts to add soon.

Fly safe!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


It's going to be a great line up for the Ocean City Air Show!

6/13 Saturday Sequence of Flight

The OC Air Show flight performances will begin at 12:00 noon on Saturday centered at 16th street on the Boardwalk. The sequence of performers is as follows:

6/14 Sunday Sequence of Flight

The OC Air Show flight  performances will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday centered at 16th street on the Boardwalk. The sequence of performers is as follows:

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Comment Spam

From Wikipedia:

Spam in blogs (also called simply blog spam, comment spam, or social spam) is a form of spamdexing. (Note that blogspam also has another meaning, namely the post of a blogger who creates posts that have no added value to them in order to submit them to other sites.) It is done by posting (usually automatically) random comments, copying material from elsewhere that is not original, or promoting commercial services to blogs, wikis, guestbooks or other publicly accessible online discussion boards. Any web application that accepts and displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors may be a target.

This type of spam originally appeared in Internet guestbooks, where spammers repeatedly filled a guestbook with links to their own site and with no relevant comment, to increase search engine rankings. If an actual comment is given it is often just "cool page", "nice website", or keywords of the spammed link.

I have been getting spam comments from Prime Industries, Inc., to the point I decided I needed to call them out. I thought it best to start small and make a phone call. Everyone I talked to was very nice, they asked for my name and number so they could call to confirm the issue was resolved.  Honestly I thought, ok, I'll play along and we'll see where this goes.

I got a call back in less than ten minutes with a person apologizing for leaving the comments on my blog. She had mentioned that she saw my blog listed on Blog Rank and I was listed in the top 25 for Aviation Blogs: The ultimate rank. I thanked the person who called and let them know I appreciated the quick and classy response.

So just to show there are no hard feelings and that I appreciate a company that 'takes care of its business' I am posting a one time link on this post.