Wednesday, November 29, 2006


It's -30°C and -40°C with the wind chill. There has been no flying for the last few days.

We're fine. Finally getting a taste of prairie winters (last year we had it easy). Our car is getting it's first taste of -30° weather too. Don't think it likes it too much.

Just studying ground school stuff.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Video Discrepancies

So I've heard, by way of various different souces, that some of those who watched the video of my solo flight were questioning the integrity of its timeline. It's been put forth that the takeoff, flight, landing and taxi shown in that short 4 minutes of video, actually came from several different flights. Frankly, I'm impressed with the accusation. At the same time, I don't see a problem with showing any part of any flight that happened that day where I was in full control of the aircraft.
In order to put the critics at ease, and in the name of honesty, here's a link to the other landing. This is the only other one that was caught on tape that day. Narrated by my wife, for your enjoyment.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Bad Weather Day

I was supposed to go for a second solo today but the weather has closed in. It's bitterly cold and there's snow everywhere. The weather charts today were particularily hard to read. Here's an example of what's going on up in the sky.

Solo Flight Video

Here's a pieced together video that Merilee shot of my first solo flight. I purposely left out the distrubing scenes of fire, explosions and bailing out. The movie is about 8 MB so you may need some patience. Enjoy.
Click here for the video.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Solo Day

The day finally came when all the factors lined up and I was able to go for my first solo flight.

Merilee came out to the airport to watch. I think I scared her with my first landing. Who am I kidding, I scared myself.

I accounted for the cross-wind all the way down my approach, until I touched down. That's when it really mattered. I let the controls go, the wind picked up my wing and very nearly wrecked a sweet first solo flight! The second one was much better.

Thanks for the prayer and support that you've all offered sofar.

I'll post the video as soon as I figure out how.

I'll say more when I get a chance tomorrow.