?

Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile my webpage Previous Previous Next Next
Oh, yeah... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Oh, yeah...
...forgot to mention: I finally got the Tripacer flying. Flew it both this weekend and last weekend, and besides the usual "didn't-bleed-the-brakes-enough" problems, it went without problems.

Next year, I resolve to get my annual done in less then 3 months.

Tags:
Current Mood: lazy lazy

13 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 23rd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I thought our annuals were bad, they usually lasted 6 weeks!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 23rd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did your glider ever get flying again?
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 23rd, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but after the season had ended so it'll be Spring before we rig it and fly it (in the winter the hangar is too full because we have the Auster inside, and our hangar is very small).

You know what's really scary?

Someone from the paraglider lot came up to the glider club on Sunday.
He is selling his hang glider because he bought a higher performance hang glider.
I am very tempted to buy his old one.

ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: January 23rd, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was a student our club's trainer was down for 4 weeks for the annual from hell, and a bunch of us nearly quit the club. After that, they instituted a policy that if the trainer (a Warrior) is grounded, student members can fly dual in ONE of the Archers, but not solo. Alternate plane availability if one is grounded is supposed to be one of the advantages of club membership over ownership.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 23rd, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
The reason mine take so long is because I do have other planes to fly. While the Tripacer was down, I flew the twin, I flew the Pawnees, I flew the gliders - not to mention safety piloting with other owners.

My annual would take a lot less time if I didn't have anything else to fly. Next year, I'm taking it to John (you are doing PJY this year, right?) in October and doing it in a long weekend.
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: January 23rd, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
So you're in a very informal club of one.

When is PJY again? I need to stick it in my PDA so I don't forget.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 23rd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but I wouldn't want to be in any club where I'd let myself join. Or something. :)

PJY is always the weekend before Memorial Day weekend. May 19-21, this year.
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: January 23rd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, what do you know - I already have the Lance booked, with PYJ filled in as the destination. Is this a "camp at the airfield" thing, or a "crash at somebody's place" thing, or "get a hotel, you cheap bastard" thing?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 23rd, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can camp at the airfield, but there are no showers. We usually camp anyway, because the party starts early in the morning and goes until late at night. I know there's a B&B in town, but I don't know anything else about it - perhaps someone mentioned a name on RAH...

It's usually about $25 a person for all meals for the weekend. And Mary's an incredible cook.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 23rd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
And John sometimes has his homebrews on tap, and they are pretty decent too. (Although you have to be an ale drinker, not a lager drinker - John's brews taste of something you see).
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 23rd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always camped under the wing. If someone stays in the nearby motel, usually you can badger a shower out of them (they did have *cold* showers rigged up one year).

One thing to be aware of is that the weather is usually a bit dodgy. There is ALWAYS a frontal system coming through that weekend. However, it's never been so bad that on the years I've gone, I've not made it (although I think last time I went, it was only just VFR, but then again the Cessna 140 is very slow so it's not like scud running in a Bonanza). The first year I went was 1999, and the NDB was out of service then and it's still out of service - but there are IFR alternatives (I think Carbondale, certainly Cape Giradeau if it's really bad). Even so I've always made it VFR and there has always been at least one really nice day where everyone gets to fly anyone else's interesting planes.

It's a fun meet up, these days there's just a die hard core membership (in 1999, 100 or so people turned up, but in 2000 and beyond usually it's only about 20 odd at the very peak - but they are the very best from rec.aviation :-) I kind of like the smaller meetings.)

One year we even brought musical instruments. I packed my keyboard in the Bonanza, and Tony Pucillo (sadly, deceased) brought guitars and a PA, and Nauga brought a drum kit. We formed (a very bad) impromptu band which knew only three songs. But I think everyone had had too much muzzle loader to notice by then.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 23rd, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, it's right over my birthday again this year (May 20th). I'll have to look into what British Scareways is charging for trips to Houston around then.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 23rd, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you come, you're welcome to take the Tripacer. Either I'll go with you in the Tripe, or Michael and I will take the twin and let you have her all to yourself. :)
13 comments or Leave a comment