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  • Can't do that buddy
    Early on in my flight training I wrote that one of the most difficult aspectsof the endeavour is summoning the strength to humbly, and realistically, self-assess your own performance.In the long run, I believe it to be a highly valuable capability to have as anindividual, but that doesn't make it... read more
  • 12 months of burning avgas
    One year ago today, my wife and I made the drive down to Hayward for the firsttime to take an introductory flight/bay tour with California Airways. Myscheduled instructor for the flight was busy, and so another instructor pickedup the flight.In the past twelve months, I've received 50 flight hours of... read more
  • King of the straight-out
    It's 6am on a dark Tuesday morning. I sip the bland coffee I bought from thedonut place, wince at the taste, and get back to my flight log. Having justcalled to get a weather briefing, I rotate the whizwheel every which way, computing mywind correction angles, estimated ground speeds and... read more
  • Getting beat up in San Ramon
    Note: I half-finished this blog post, I'm posting it as such. I ended upbecoming so busy I didn't write for over a week, and now I can barely rememberwhat I ended up doing, other than getting beat up by the wind.Saturday I headed down to Hayward to prepare for my... read more
  • The Most Expensive Bacon and Eggs
    Cell phone, wallet, laptop, helmet, keys; check. My pre-commute checklistthat I run through before leaving the house in the morning. I unlocked my bike,bid farewell to the dog in the backyard and pedalled towards the train station.The night prior, Thursday, I couldn't keep my eyes open. The tired, drynessstinging my... read more
  • Solo into unfamiliar territory
    I'm killing time in the California Airways office, re-re-re-reviewing mycharts, going over the visual checkpoints I can expect to see today. Afteryesterday's successful solo cross-countryto Modesto, I had arranged to fly a longer solo cross-country today. This timearound, Hayward to SantaRosa, on to SacramentoExecutive then returning home to Hayward.My planned... read more
  • Sweating it solo to Modesto
    "Check out the photos on the camera" I told my wife as we pulled out of theCalifornia Airways parking lot."Did Jonathan take these while you two were flying?""Uh, no, I did" ellicited a somewhat puzzled response. After a brief pause, Icontinued "Oh, did I not tell you I was flying... read more
  • Modesto for brunch
    My alarm starts screaming. I stand up out of bed, walk to the dresser toturn it off. I've never woken up well with alarms, placing my phone across theroom forces me out of bed, greatly increasing the probability that I'll wakeup. It's miserable. My eyes sting from tiredness.It's 5:15 am.I... read more
  • Caution: Mountain Obscuration due to Foggles
    I've fallen a bit behind on my flight-related writing recently. Believe it ornot, blogging tends to fall lower on the priority list than things likesleeping or eating.On the menu for week was some instrument practice, one of the many requirementsfor the VFR pilot. With only low-level clouds this past Tuesday,... read more
  • Morning Exercises at KHWD
    After my less than desirable landing performance the day prior, I set out thispast Sunday to get some needed practice on my own. Since I'm cleared for solopattern work at the field, what better way to start a Sunday than with somecircuits?I made quick work of the pre-flight and engine... read more