A very windy day at Black Rock today. Blowing 30 straight down the makeshift runway with much higher gusts. Made me feel like I was in a helicopter on landing. Not certain how all those people can spend days on end in a dust storm…seriously. Lots of very interesting things to look at but, viagra 40mg your still in a sand storm all day.
Picked up a few friends that flew into Reno via AK Airlines from Seattle and picked them up at Million Air on the GA side of the airport. After dropping two of them off, what is ed I had one more that needed to get up to Cederville to get his RV, erectile 45 miles north of the Playa. Dropped him off and then went to Alturas for fuel. Pretty cool little spot but a ghost town with a really good deli! Then back to Truckee from there. Here are a few pics from today. Not certain what to think about the guy or girl in the hat driving the cart….Good day flying all in all….
Took a friend flying today on the north circuit. I think we hit 15 or so holes (LZ’s) and added a couple new ones. The new ones were dubbed “the Bumpy Barn #1 & #2” for the unforeseen jump on the 1st landing. Really it was not that bumpy but, given the fact that we really did hit a jump that sent us about 50′ we dubbed it “the Bumpy barn”. The other side of the barn also had a good landing and of course we could not pass up the idea of landing there as well. It turned out to be much better and a whole lot smoother.
It always baffles me how you can do so many slow passes at certain spots and still get a surprise when you touch down. One thing that is so important is doing just that. Making approaches but not landing. Prior to any new landing I ever attempt I will make anywhere from 5-10 passes / approaches at it trying to get a good gauge on the various required items prior to touch down. My touch down point, my roll out, can I get out once in and on the ground, can I turn around, any structures in the way (fences, posts, logs, rocks, animals, holes, ditches, you name it). All of this is coming into play prior to any attempt. Anyhow, long story short here, we had a fun morning. The other pics here are in an area I call “Plateau Land”. Lots of landings out here on the Nevada border above 8000′. This one has a great view and is one of my more favorite places to land.
This week will be busy taking friends out the the BROC desert to the famed “Burning Man”. This evening was a fun flight with the winds howling about 30 or so on the ground. I felt like a helicopter landing. Anyhow, web I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Many folks are still setting up as the gates open tonight at midnight. Here are a few pictures from the trip out and back.
Went and burned a bit of low lead today with a flight pending late this afternoon to Black Rock. Winds have been howling as of late making for some fun landings. Check out the cloud formation. Wishing I was in a glider for this one. Here is a shot of what we call “Totem Pole 2” freshly mowed, health along with a few other pics. Also the nice new TBM belongs to my buddy Jim Morrison. Its a very nice plane! Will post some pics of the burning man airport when I get back this evening.
Had to get away from the heat so I went way up high today. This spot is becoming one of my more favorite spots at just over 9800′ in Nevada over looking just about everything. Saw a few sheep, lots of antelope and a few wild horses. I am betting DA was around 11,000 plus or so. Did not get a temp while I was up there. Just stoked on the view. Wild flowers are still going off up there as it was just beautiful! Anyhow, headed to the coast tomorrow for a little surfing.
Just a quick clip here from my Iphone yesterday flying the glider. Click the link to check it our. Its kinda cool getting towed from another airplane and then pulling the handle to release. As you see here the handle gets pulled and the tow plane banks away to the left. 7 solo flights today. Not really any thermals or wind to speak of so these were just sled rides back to the airport from 9000′. It made for a 10-15 minute ride depending. Here it was around 10am so not much of either element but good practice flying an aircraft with no motor…
This coming week is a big week as I have connected with Mr. Dennis Buehn of Buehn Racing in Carson City. Aspirations of flying in the Reno Air Races has led me to this guy who has won the Gold! He has been racing for over 30 years and brings a whole lot of experience to the table. I am losing sleep at night just thinking about it. Anyway check out his site here: http://www.buehnairracing.com/
Having some problems with my voltage regulator. Made a quick trip to Beckworth / Nervino and had my buddy Tal pick me up in his 172 with the mexican hub caps. Thinking I will get him some fuzzy dice to hang in the window. Hopefully the plane will be ready to go by this afternoon but betting it will be Monday. The Sierra Valley was beautiful tis morning as you see by a few of the pics. Once I returned to Truckee I headed over the glider port for a little flying with the big wing! These birds have a glide ratio of 23-1!!
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