Camping in Manzanita, Oregon

Last weekend I flew down to the Nehalem Bay State Airport (3S7) to meet some friends for camping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSoM_DpQgU4 It was tons of fun–more pictures here. Some bullet points to consider if you go down there: Likely turbulence on short final, with wind blowing from the west, especially if you’re landing to the north. There’s a ditch between the runway…

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Jackson Hole 2016

We did our 6th annual family flight to Jackson Hole. The weather was great, aside from a 1000′ overcast on the west side of the Cascades for our departure and similar weather on our return–yay instrument rating! We had some moderate turbulence again between Boise and Idaho Falls taking the direct route (just south of Sun Valley). From now on,…

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Car Seat Update

In an earlier post, I described what I did to get Cooper rear-facing in the front seat. When it was time to flip him around, I continued to use the LATCH system to secure the seat. I also attached the top tether to the shoulder harness anchor on the ceiling. This worked well. Unfortunately, Cooper grew out of that seat,…

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Rear-facing Car Seat in the RV-10 front seat

I should have posted this much earlier. When our younger son, Nicholas, started flying, we needed to move Cooper to the front seat, since Nicholas needed Kelly to take care of him. What I ended up doing works really well: Removed the right stick Made sure I could see everything in the panel and could see and access the right…

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A More Interesting Flight to Jackson Hole

Time for our 4th annual family flight to Jackson Hole! All the previous trips have been in good weather, so I suppose we were due for some challenges. This one was a great endorsement of an instrument rating, onboard weather radar, and thinking ahead. Our plan was to leave really early in the morning to avoid the afternoon turbulence that’s…

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We’re Still Here!

It’s been a long time since our last post. We’re still flying, though. A few things we’ve done since our big cross-country trip last year: Flew to Jackson Hole again in August Had our second son, Nicholas, in February Completed our 3rd annual inspection in April Did our first flight as a family of 4 in March Flew to McMinnville…

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2013 Cross-Country Trip Day 15: Heber City to Seattle

We’re headed home! The trip has been great, but after a couple weeks, I think we’re all ready to be back at home. We had about an hour to head north before reaching the familiar central valley of Idaho. We headed north, staying east of the mountains to stay out of the Salt Lake Class B airspace. We’d intended to…

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2013 Cross-Country Trip Day 13: Santa Fe to Heber City

We didn’t make it to the four corners area the night before, so we decided to depart Santa Fe, fly over four corners, then make our fuel stop in Moab (Canyonlands Airport). From there it’d be a short flight to Heber City, the closest airport to Park City. We departed under mostly clear, though a little smoky, skies. The scenery…

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2013 Cross-Country Trip Day 12: Austin to Santa Fe

The night before in Austin, we decided to fly the next day to Farmington, NM and drive out to see four corners. By the time we left Austin, it was already getting hot. Heading out, I realized that despite being from Houston, this was my first time in northwest Texas. There’s not much to see aside from oil wells and…

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