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Fri Oct 31, 2014  1148Z

Well...Done...Sorta ...John Mc -12

"Well I'm legal. Thanks to everyone on this board for your advice and comments - couldn't have done it without you. Special shout-outs to locals Rich S and Denny M for flight time and tech support, and to Dave (yes that Schmetterling's Aviation blog guy) - lunch and/or beers on me if we ever meet some day - you saved me from myself a few times!

Also Barb B at Van's deserves a lot of credit for helping keep this thing on track over 2 years!

First flight tent Nov 4. Then test phase, wheel pants/paint/throttle redo...does it ever end?  LOL."
 

November Wallpaper Calendar ...Ed Hicks photo


 

From the factory FB page....


 

Aerobatics Training with a Former SR-71 Blackbird and F-4 Phantom Fighter Pilot ...chutes and all.


 

Interpreting the Skew-T ...how thick are the clouds and where are they (and more)

Bryan Douglas told me about this during a recent visit.  I've been digging into this chart for a few days, and the more I look, the more I like it.  The wind barb/direction/depth on the right hand side reminds me of something Edward Tufte (web) would approve of.

Nutshell:  blue line is dewpoint curve, red line air temp.  Read altitude off right scale.  Where they touch or get close is where the clouds are, and how thick.

Here's a link to KAFW Skew-T, my nearest 'big' airport that reports.  Note in the link that the last four characters make up the airport identifier.

In one image you get:

  • Air temps at all flyable altitudes
  • Cloud elevations (i.e., "cloudbase")
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction
  • If it will be cloudy or sunny
  • Types of clouds in the sky (i.e., stratus, cumulus, cirrus, cumulonimbus, or none)
  • Top of lift
  • Thermal strength

I added a link in the middle of the weather page for the form where you can enter the nearest big airport to you.  And here's a Google search for 'interpreting Skew-T' links. 
 

Yoga Bridge ....free yoga for cancer survivors

A local TV station did a piece on what my wife and a friend started a few years back.  That's Susie teaching the class in the pic below.  They interview her at the 1min 57sec mark. 


My wifey teaching the class.

I've been lucky enough to give a few of these wonderful gals rides in the plane.  'What does your husband do?' questions before and after class kind of thing.  What a privilege it is for me to be able to put a smile on a face that could use one.  I'm Blessed. 

fmi: www.YogaBridge.org

 


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