Flew to KBFL, Bakersfield Meadows Field, with a student on a cross country today. On this first spring day, to all of you looking for warmer weather, Spring is coming.
Did my first aero-retrieve of a glider. Towed the 1-34 off Cinder Cone Dry Lake back to Inyokern Sunday evening. Fun flight and thankfully uneventful as everything went well.
The lakebed is flat, hard, and wasn’t difficult to land on as long as the gravel bar was avoided. I did kick up quite a bit of dust taking off. With 25 knots of wind from the south the 1-34 lifted off almost immediately and the 182 lifted off well before the middle of the dry lakebed where the windsock is.
The flight back was a bit slow with the headwind and required minimum power to maintain altitude with the glider on tow at normal towing airspeed. When we were back over Inyokern the 1-34 released into the pattern and we all came in to land as normal. All in all a good day.
A neat picture, and demonstration of, of airspeed and aoa taken somewhere nearby.
It’s spring and big winds are back. Tie down your aircraft if you aren’t at the controls because enough wind can fly anything from this…
To this! All the wing needs is sufficient airspeed and it *will* fly. That’s what happened to the 747 in the link above. It’s been stripped down at the boneyard so it’s very light, and stall speed decreases with weight, so the wing needs less airspeed to fly. The only reason this 747 didn’t do like the light airplane above is the 747 was tied down at the main landing gear.
This isn’t just a windy day piece of advice. Helicopter downwash on a ramp can fly most light airplanes just as easily (if not more so) than high winds can.
So secure your aircraft. Tie it down fast if you aren’t at the controls.
Wanted to share this fine picture Brian Kajiwara took after completing his cross country flight a few weeks ago.
It’s been quite a year. Brian Cepaitis became a glider pilot, Mike Riley soloed, and so did Brian Kajiwara. I’ve flown my longest cross country this year, twice. This first year as a CFI has went very well. And to top it all off Evelyn is here now.
We’ve had a lot of fun. Here’s Evelyn just before her first flight:
Aleta’s worried I might be trying to start her a little early on flying 😉
2014 has been a great year. I’m looking forward to 2015 and I hope you are too! Happy New Year!
Some pictures from flying to Tucson for work a few weeks ago