Friday, April 29, 2011
First off, get yourself some practical experience flying solo or with passengers as pilot in command. (click on previous link to read tips on the advisability of taking passengers)
Coming soon Part II: Flying Deep into the Night When you are in actuality a morning person....
and I flew in back in the early 1980's
Part I can be read by clicking here. You will shortly be able to skip this short introductory accolade and access Part II by clicking here.
Private pilot flying should be and must be a pleasurable enjoying experience. Why else invest all those hard earned dollars to accumulate all those hours in pursuit of your next rating?
And so, before I have some fun discussing the excitement (the upsides and downsides) of night flying Part II... a word of thanks is in order.
So...A word of thanks to the many experienced pilots I have had the good fortune to train and fly with: first California pilots: Dennis, Orville and David from Butte County; Tim Rahn and Johnny Moore from Plumas County.
....and the Oregon pilots: Al Stockstead and Alan Kline of Lane County (for an aerobatic experience in his Stearman).
....And the Connecticut pilots Lloyd Salisbury and Yuval Hedaya of Executive Air (now Arrow Aviation) in Fairfield County.
...For with their input, dedication and passion for flying-- they have inspired me to be a competent pilot under all VFR or marginal VFR conditions--but, above all to celebrate the art of flying--now that I've been 'up' as pilot in command for 30 years!
Now onto Part II...shortly to be posted.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The showroom is already framed and being built out.
The sign announcing the new dealership is already up on Magee Ave. in the Southend of Stamford.
And Hyundai which is a very aggressive company that has overtaken number 4 Ford in global sales is gunning up to surpass Toyota in the J.D. Powers survey for initial quality.
To learn more about this company click here for an excellent Fortune Magazine article that appeared last year.
Welcome to Stamford, Hyundai and best of luck!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
She will be turning 90 next year, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and transported by rail and boat to England in February, 1939--one of
10,000 children saved by caring parents from the onslaught of the Nazis.
There, she was taken in by a caring family.
Her father had died in the early 1920's and her mom raised her. Her mother left Germany bound for Chile two days before Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, the official start of WW II.
And it was 10 years later that Hana Deutch was reunited with her mom in Chile.
Our seder table was graced by her stately and elegant presence.
For many years, I have been attending my brother's seder--but not until this year did I once appreciate and identify with the experience of a miraculous 'exodus' that saved the life of this marvelous woman who has served as a commander in the Jewish War Veterans in the Jackson Heights community.
Thank you, Hana, for lighting up our Seder with your presence.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
First, the trustees of Columbia University just granted him the Bancroft Prize for his latest book "Fiery Trial."
A week later, it was announced he received a Pulitzer Prize for the same book.
It was a rare pleasure and experience to attend the Stamford lecture and then write about Foner's discussion of his book in two earlier blogs.
Congratulations to Professor Foner.
Monday, April 18, 2011
This seaside vista opening up to the water is at once captivating, soothing and so serene in its melange of mellow sedate hues of green, pink, brown and blue pastels. It's a work of art that could easily be framed and hung in one's living room or den.
That one lone, wandering- branched. stark tree looks like it will shortly spring into floral life in what I imagine to be an early April scene along Fairfield County's shoreline.
Again, hats off to Stamford.
For a few of my dozen or so earlier blogs on Stamford's public art, click here. Then for the most recent post on public art at Glenbrook Metro North station, click here. And finally, here is a slide slide from last summer's "Raining Cats and Dogs" public outdoor display.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
(photos courtesy of RJ Schwartz)
The painting seemed to exude sunlight, a green, fecund and fertile energy and serene sense of eternal repose to the otherwise dull mundane surroundings
There, on the side of a building opposite the station stands a mural that depicts the Newfield
Greens Golf Course displayed above. The wall art was painted in memory of Sean Rooney a Stamford resident who lost his life on 9/11/01.
The painting was commissioned by his wife, Beverly Eckert.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Pilot in Command: Should I Be Flying at Night? Getting to know your natural body rhythms along with your limitations
Ultimately you have the 'ticket' and will have to choose. And I can attest that night time flying is an awesome event, incomparable in many ways to VFR daytime flight. More on this later in Part II.
Here are some pointers to think about based on my experiences. Part One consists of preparation, while part two will consider actual flying situations.
I am a low time VFR private pilot with about 400 flying hours, but I had the privilege of piloting my own plane for nearly two years under many conditions. And have had many many hours of both VFR and IFR instruction in my plane with its ADF, DME, dual navs and dual radios--fully equipped for IFR flight.
Get to know your own body rhythms because if you don't, you can land into some deep trouble. I recall a situation where I nearly had to declare an emergency because I chose to ignore them.
It was late Spring and I elected to begin flying cross country from Eugene, Oregon's Mahlon Sweet airport to Chico Municipal Airport at about 4 PM. I figured, I would arrive at Chico in about three and a half hours when it was still light. I did have some reservations about taking off late in the PM as opposed to leaving the following morning at 7AM when I would be my freshest.
Well, in retrospect, I realize I chose to ignore my body's natural rhythm. Here's what happened.
At this point, my survival instincts kicked in. I must have instantly activated large amounts adrenaline.
You 'gotta' know your natural rhythms...If you are a morning person, as I clearly am, that is the optimal time to fly. If you are a night person, the darkness should not intimidate you. Fortunately, I am both a night person and morning/afternoon person (until about 2-3 PM), but not a late afternoon one.(There are even exceptions to this rule as Part II, will clearly and dramatically demonstrate. So stay tuned!)
That means, I have been waking up refreshed, alert and raring to attack the day's schedule when most people are dreaming and snoring away. (For instance, this blog was commenced at 4 AM, this day in early April. And tonight, the second night of composing this blog, it happens to be thunderstorming.
So, it was natural for me to wake up early at 3 AM, grab a light breakfast and head down the mountain to Oroville airport and pre-flight my plane by flashlight. I always made sure there was plenty of avgas in the dual tanks (24 gallons on each side). (Even though I had always topped off the tanks to the tabs after each flight, I still visually checked by flashlight to be sure. More on how important this procedure when you read Part II)
As I review my logbook, I see my night flying totals 25.6 hours or about 5% of my total flight time.. Most were accumulated during summer when the air is calm and the nights clear. I flew 7.8 hours with my first instructor Dennis and the rest were aggregated flying solo as pilot in command in my own plane.
Part II will be coming soon: (featuring my counter-intuitive experience of flying late at night.) Part II is now up, click here to view.