The open road: 2010 summer trip day 11 & 12

Day 11-12: EAA Airventure, or, the trip’s official “destination”.

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For those that have never been to Airventure, held in Oshkosh, WI, it’s truly a spectacle that warrants a visit even for non-aviation enthusiasts. Anything and everything about general aviation and aircraft construction is there, with a non-stop air show going on in the background. It’s too much to see everything in 2 days, but, that’s the time we had. The following is a brief taste of what I found interesting over the course of 2 days.

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Oshkosh Trip: Day 8

Second day of Airventure 2009

Today promised to be a good day weather wise. The sun was out, the temps were perfect, the humidity was down — it was just a beautiful show day.

Manly engine — How does 600HP (500HP continuous use) of turbo-charged V8 oomph tickle your fancy?

NIKON D70, ISO 500, ƒ/8.0, 1/1000sec, 42mm focal L., map

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Oshkosh Trip: Day 7

Opening day of Airventure 2009

I know you’re all hungry to see airplane pics, so, let’s just get to it…

Name that airplane — It’s the plane I shall buy when I win the lottery — the *big* lottery! Seats about 12 (depending on configuration).

NIKON D70, ISO 320, ƒ/4.5, 1/800sec, 48mm focal L., map

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Motorcycle riding leads to coding

Got a quick ride in today — 112 miles. Quickly coming up on the 1K mile mark on the odometer.

First time taking the new bike up highway 9. Must have had half a dozen riders signal to warn that the police were up ahead; this part of the ride was none too spirited.

152 from Watsonville [...]

FAA Medical

I was worried about this go around of my FAA Medical because of the following new things that came up since my last visit to the AME 3 years ago:

Diagnosed with a benign heart arrhythmia — atrial premature contractions (APCs)
Started on blood pressure meds since the last medical
Also started on cholesterol meds too

I thought the [...]

Flying with an infant

We’ve taken baby Maia up for half a dozen flights now and each time we figure out new things. We use 2 forms of hearing protection:

Mack’s Kids Size ear plugs – These soft silicone ear plugs are worn over the ear opening, but don’t actually go inside the ear canal like adult ear plugs do. [...]

Let’s go to San Diego

Saturday we made a quick flight down to Paso Robles for our third attempt to eat at Matthews at the Airport (our first attempt was a turn back due to screaming baby, and our second attempt was a turn back due to generator failure). We’d heard such good things about the restaurant and that it’s [...]

Upgrading to a solid-state voltage regulator

My 1967 Mooney M20F had the original style voltage regulator with vibrating points that opened and closed the field circuit in order to provide a relatively constant generator output voltage. This 50+ year old technology leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to performing the job of voltage regulation. Not only was the regulation [...]

Mooney Homecoming

My Dad and I flew to Kerrville, Texas, home of Mooney Aircraft and they host an annual homecoming event that draws people from all over the world — 2 guys actually flew their Mooney in from Switzerland!

We made 1 fuel stop in Show Low, AZ, which is a wonderful regional airport with cheep fuel ($3.20). Total [...]