No flying this week; Wx Off
This week I took United Airlines
from Vancouver to Boston via Chicago, rented a Ford
Focus, and drove down to New Bedford.
This year I am open for
whatever experiences present themselves and I plan to
make the best of them.
So this year I am asked
by several schools if I would work for them, and I am not
So I am open to go to
Massachusetts to look at an aeroplane and to see a part
of the USA I have never been to.
The idea was to go
flying on Thursday morning.
Online I checked the
601 bus schedule and if the flight got in on time I'd
have a little over 30 minutes to catch a bus; if the
flight is on time.
Why the rush?
Last year I went to
Pasco to turn down the sale of an aeroplane.
It's not improving
around here, snow, cold, rain, drizerable, some blue sky,
then cold and snow again, and today cold and windy.
So this week there's nothing much to report, but there are some pictures to show.
I went to New
Bedford to look at an aeroplane for sale there.
The Cherokee 140
is the K Car of the air, reliable if a little boring.
The rental car
cost $472 for 36 hours rental, I'm not amused.
Thai food at lunch
time wasn't so good, nor so Thai... Americanised.
The Thai flag flies at Boundary Bay...
I did two flights
Enroute to Boston again
Flying in British Columbia
one day things will work for me
My brother gave me a smart
phone, it's a Motorola, very nice but for one thing.
BTW, don't try my Rogers number for a while, I'm roaming at the moment and so it is turned off... You can try my Thai phone though.
Honestly, I am on my way to Boston but maybe not by the quickest route.
In the afternoon we returned to Sri Racha to do seven circuits there.
Up in the Citabria to do some aileron rolls, starting at 130 mph with a 30 degree pitch up and then adding a push inverted and workng the pitch down to 10 degrees and the entry speed down to 110 mph... Towards the slow roll.
More circuits in the afternoon at Sri Racha in the Jabiru.
Back seat flight in an Aviat Husky at dusk.
I could have gone
to Boston by going east but instead I decided north west
and west was a more interesting way to do it.
I am staying in
north Pattaya by the beach and with a nice swimming pool.
Though I don't have anything to swim in...
I had lunch in Tesco's food court. For some reason a girl gave me two ice teas... The cost, 65 Baht ($2.10).
I was stopped by the police and asked for my International Driving Licence. The fine was 400 Baht which went straight into the policemans pocket with no ticket being actually issued...
Flying this afternoon was out of Sri Racha again. More circuits.
Completing Unfinished Tasks
Flying in Thailand
|I always try
to get things done
In this life everything takes a
lot of effort to achieve... Except here in Thailand for
the most part.
We left the aeroplane
in the hangar at Sri Racha so that Mike can get some more
solo practice done in my absence.
Booked out of Baan Khun
Poh, went to Addy's bakery for lunch with Alasdair, Gill,
and Dr Rolf... This meant missing the bus to the airport
and so I had to take a taxi at ten times the price. It
was worth it.
Caught Thai Airways 777
to Chiang Mai, was picked up by Khun Koi, and I checked
into Lai Thai Guesthouse.
Flew in the Super Cub with Julie from Ban Thi Nok airfield. We did some turns, some slow flight, and seven circuits. I sent her solo.
I had two good nights of sleep here.
Travelling to Boston
|Doing the best
journey took me back to Bangkok on Thai Airways followed
by the bus ride to Pattaya.
I stayed in the Sukhumvit Suites Hotel which was $74 a night including breakfast. I paid a little more than I usually do, but I felt I needed a night at a higher standard.
Pakorn for dinner at the Terminal 21 Mall.
I caught a British
Airways flight to London Heathrow and arrived there in
the late afternoon.
In the morning I drove
to Winkfield with the sunshine reflecting the brilliant
colours of Spring in England.
Trevor and I flew
westwards under a low overcast, it was unfortunate that
the weather had changed from the brilliance of the
Sunday I drove to White
Waltham again, it was quiet, and so I left for Hartley
I drove back to the
Inter Rent car hire office on the A4 abeam Heathrow
stopping for petrol on the way.
I stayed at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in an upgraded suite.
morning I took a walk around a bit of Boston.
There's trouble in
Europe over food waste.
Boston to Vancouver
Completing the journey
Due to other reasons there was
no deal to purchase the Lake Renegade though the
aeroplane itself is as advertised and I would recommend
it to anyone interested in buying a turbocharged, 270bhp,
amphibious flying boat.
There was trouble on
the United Airlines website when I entered my address in
Canada... The website re-routed me from the USA site to
the 'Canadian' one and I had to re enter a lot of the
information all over again!
Lou picked me up from
the hotel and we went to the airfield for lunch followed
by picking his wife up...
The 757 connected with
the A320 at Denver Airport and I was back at Vancouver
Airport at 21:30.
Ban Chok Dee restaurant in Langley was having a special event to celebrate the Thai Songkran festival and so I made the effort to get there, albeit a little late.
So far, during the week
I have been back in BC, I have only had a couple of
On Monday I drove to
Pitt Meadows. This meant using petrol, and two toll
payments for crossing the bridge. For many reasons the
flight did not take place.
Flying in BC
Be careful out there
Maintenance is a
big concern for me and unfortunately I know a little
So I have a very
poor tolerance of poor engineering practice.
And so it was that
I noticed a few things amiss the other day.
Pilots need to have
confidence in the engineers that maintain the aircraft
As it was, after start the generator failed to provide a charge to the battery, and so we did not go.
As pilots we need
to be vigilant and if we notice something that appears to
be wrong we should have it checked.
(Thailand), I was severely criticised for showing five
students a proper walk around inspection of a Cessna 150.
This kept the aeroplane on the ground for forty
minutes... "They come here to fly..." I was
told. Students would come down, get into the aircraft and
go flying. They relied on the mechanics to ensure safety
of the aeroplanes.
Canada can be just
as bad as happened many years ago when I went with a
three others to pick up a couple of Cessna 152s from St
Hubert... I wouldn't leave until all the many snags I
found on the two aircraft were fixed; we had a long way
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