Archive for November 2007

Left Turn over Santa Cruz

November 17, 2007

Monterey off the right.

Headed out of PAO this afternoon because the weather was just too good to pass up. Piston engines are like Labrador retrievers . .they’re better when you run them. So I regularly take the bird up and run it hot-ish for a couple of hours. This theoretically heats up the oil and burns off any moisture in the engine that can lead to corrosion. It’s also an excellent excuse to go for a ride.

Today was a great trip out over Woodside VOR (OSI) down along the Pacific Coast past Santa Cruz, down the Salinas Valley towards Paso Robles (KPRB). This run usually takes an hr each way, at around 16okts. Weather was severe clear and winds were northerly, but smooth. As always when flying (at least when i’m driving), the hours pass in seconds, and I find myself turning around way too soon.

Uneventful ride and my Continental TSIO-520UB purred along. A month away from annual, so very soon I’ll see what was really going on inside her, but this engine really runs smooth.img_3835.jpg

Pacific Ocean off right wing

November 17, 2007


Originally uploaded by jcal7flickr

Heading southbound today during an engine run.

The Front office

November 17, 2007

The front officeToday on a ride to heat up the oil for a few hrs. . .The Front Office of my B36. Notice the Steely Dan on XM.

WX Balloon Photo

November 17, 2007

I love this guy Dave’s blog. He’s an airline Captain out of Phoenix and has all kinds of great stories and posts. Blog is called Flight Level 390. Here’s a terrific post showing a weather balloon in flight above the airliner. Awesome.

WW2 Fighter washed up under the surf

November 17, 2007

A wild story on CBS of erosion revealing a P38 Lockheed Lightning in Whales. Very cool image.