Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I've been looking forward to number 500 since before my first flight and this was a good one.
Flying in the Clouds
For the next 50 minutes I played in the clouds. Several times I got chilled to the bone but this was too good to quit. I went above, below, between and around but avoided going into the cotton candy. It was cold and wet and a little scary. I did fly right along the tops and kick a few just so that I could say that I did. I knew that I was technically bending the rules but.... at this altitude .... in this place. I wasn't worried about encountering any other aircraft. The sun was obscured most of the time so I wasn't able to get any spectacular trophy shots of my shadow but I did get one with a faint pilots rainbow.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
This was one of those dumb incidents
that should have been avoided
The wing came up crooked and I tried to recover. I was pulling it just above the ground and reached the A's and got it back overhead. When it was stable I powered up and noticed it was rolling rough and I was surprised at how bumpy the ride was... the wheel was probably wobbling. I got some lift and floated back down when I touched the trike yawed and quickly rolled. I think the bearing rubbed against the axle connection and trashed right away, slowing the trike. I used a little brake to get off and didn't have enough speed causing the trike to come back down on the bad wheel. The lines got into the prop and chewed one blade pretty bad. Mike is going to be able to receive it Tue. evening. With luck I'll be back in the air soon.