Saturday, July 7, 2007

NASCAR's Jets and a trip to Peoria

Flight Info
Date: 6/7/07 Route of Flight: KSLC - KPIA
Legs: 1 Total Duration: 4.6 Hours Type: IFR

The parking area at AVP (This airport is NOT usually littered with private jets, I just happened to be in town for the Pocono 500 NASCAR race. These are the jets of NASCAR teams, drivers and owners.)

Dale Jr's and a Roush Racing's planes.

I have has my instrument rating for a while now, but still get a kick out of flying though clouds.

Breakin' the Law! (See that red circle? Your not suppose to fly inside that circle. Unless, of course you are on an IFR fligth plan!)

That "Red Circle" (mentioned above) is there to protect this stadium.

I though The Woman would like to live here, so I posted it.

Sunset 30 minutes east of Peoria. (Note the rain falling.)

Lobby of the German themed Raddison hotel in Peoria. (I spent the night here.)

Restaurant area. (Varrrry Germanish!)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Short Trip to Scranton

Flight Info
Date: 6/9/07 KYNG - KAVP
Legs: 1 Total Duration: 1.5 Hours Type: IFR
This was my final leg to Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA (KAVP) I was looking forward to landing at Wilkes Barre because this is the airport where I learn to fly about 15 years ago in a 1980 Piper Warrior (N8085A). It was really cool to say the words over the radio: "Wilkes Barre Tower, Cirrus, four five six, sierra sierra, Landing Wilkes Barre...", from the left seat of my own airplane. I was even welcomed back to AVP with the same old gusty crosswinds.

A C-130 was taxing in front of me on the way out of Youngstown.

Lil' Mountains (Aren't they cute?)

Harvey's Lake (I used to practice maneuvers over this lake when I was learning to fly in high school.)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Salt Lake to Youngstown and not much else...

Flight Info
Date: 6/8/07 Route of Flight: KSLC - OGD - BFF - KSUX - JOT - KYNG
Legs: 2 Total Duration: 9.9 Hours Type: IFR

This was the first leg of my trip to Scranton, PA. Everything went well, I picked up some fuel and lunch in Sioux City and made it as far as Youngstown, OH. As I got closer to Youngstown the visbitly was decreasing to under 3 miles. I was prepared for an ILS approach but I was able to land visually. I decided to spend the night in Youngstown because of thunderstorms all across PA and the fact that I was getting tired. That left me with only 1.5 hours of flight time remainging for the next day.

Started this Flight at 11,000 ft becasue of the high terrain east of Salt Lake City.

Outside of Fort Bridger, WY (You can see that even at 11k I am not that far from the ground.)

The terrain started droping about an hour outside of Sioux City. (Note the map going from tan to green.)

After some lunch and fuel in Sioux City I saw a whole lot of... this! (This was the view out the window for the next 3 hours.)

Southwest of Chicago (More of the same...)

Clinton, Iowa (Out of nowhere, came this city I never heard of. I posted this picture because there was nothing else to post for most of this flight.)

A Southwest jet headed north, on its way to Chicago.

Storms east of Youngstown (I decided i would spend the night in Youngstown, OH. XM weather makes cross-crounty flying much easier.)

Sunset on Lake Erie

Avalon Inn's Lobby (I spent the night here in Youngstown, OH)

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Some Friends and Some Flying

Flight Info
Date: 4/21/07 Route of Flight: KSLC - KTVY - KSLC
Legs: 1 Total Duration: 1.8 Hours Type: VFR

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I haven’t abandoned this blog just yet. I have only been getting out to fly every three weeks or so just to practice approaches and keep current, so I don't have a lot to report. A few weeks ago I did take Justi and Kent (a friend from work and her husband) for a ride, so here are some pictures from that trip...

(Thanks to Justi for the great picts!)

Kent and Yours Truly

Larry Miller's (owner of the Utah Jazz) new race track

There were some pretty cool lookin' clouds...

That's Utah Lake on the other side of the mountain in the foreground.