Thursday, July 10, 2014

Staying Concise, Staying Solvent

Flight instruction has been a bit SLOw for me over the last month, but the good news is that gave me time to get to some neglected writing projects. Loyal readers may recall that when I released my first iBook a little over two years ago, I mentioned plans to do a whole concise series. So after several long days, and with some help from my friends (who proofread and helped to smooth the rough edges), The Concise Guide to the Diamond DA40-180 is now available on the iBooks store. And kudos to the Apple iBooks review team, who examined and approved my submission in a matter of days.

The late John Ciardi once pronounced "May you stay solvent by whatever means are available to you." Being a professional flight instructor may not actually involve a formal vow of poverty, but sometimes it sure seems that way. If you have purchased one or more of my books in the past, please accept my heartfelt thanks. I appreciate your support and hope that my books have been useful to your aviation endeavors.

With more time on my hands for the foreseeable future, I just may have another book or two up my sleeve. So stay tuned ...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

No news is ...

Greeting from the California Central Coast!

The dust is beginning to settle from our recent move and rumor has it I'll begin instructing at the San Luis Obispo Airport later today. Any airplane flies the same way regardless of your location, but the environment is different here. A fairly busy Class D airport as opposed to Oakland's Class C and already I miss the rapid pace (if not downright surly) interactions with NorCal.

With a bit of down time there was a chance to finish the fifth edition of The Concise Guide to IFR, which is available now on the iBooks store. It incorporates recent FAA changes regarding “climb via” and “descend via” phraseology as well as enhancements to the preflight section on weather charts and symbols.

There will be changes in the types of aircraft I'll be flying. Not much in the way of glass panel aircraft here and apparently no multi-engine instruction. Just aren't enough rooftops to support that sort of thing. Not that I'm complaining, just observing what an airline pilot friend pointed out: One can expend considerable time and effort to claw one's way up the aviation mountain, but the slide back down can occur in the blink of an eye.

So I'm beginning a new journey, but still with plenty of Bay Area connections and friendships. There are several Northern California pilots with whom I'm flying, preparing for check rides, but the number is shrinking. Congratulations go out to Jim on a successful check ride and on becoming the Bay Area's newest CFI! A couple of more check rides to go, and then Oakland and the East Bay become a distant memory?

Time will tell ...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 2014 Photos

Expect fewer than average posts over the next few weeks as I prepare to move to the CA central coast. For now, here are some recent photos ...

Departing Ukiah

Mt. Diablo at Sunset

Flying the Eastern Sierra

En route San Diego

Heading South

Hold at KACBY

Lee Vining

Mono Lake

Approaching Mono Lake

Near Lake Mendocino

Over US 395

Eastern Sierra Turbulence

Over Truckee Carson City