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Sailing off Santa Cruz

Last weekend went sailing with some friends off Santa Cruz (only my second time sailing in the ocean rather than the bay, not counting classes). Saw a large school of dolphins from a distance -- we never managed to get very close. It was quite cool nevertheless and the sunset was gorgeous.

Track of the sail is here

IFR currency retained -- well, gotten back?

I was in the grace period and got my IFR currency back with one flight in which I did 3.3 hours under the hood. About 1.5 of it was actual. Got in 5 approaches -- 3 into Napa, one into Oakland and one back into Hayward , where we started the whole event.

Click here for the track

Incredible sail on 09/21/2014

I took Serenity out with 10 other people on September 21, 2014 and, for the first time, managed to go under all three bridges: the Golden Gate, the Bay, and the Richmod bridge. The sail took about 7 hours and was a wonderful day. It's amazing how few tacks we had to do. View the track here.

Flight to meet and old friend

Two days ago I got an email from an old fiend whom I hadn't seen in over 20 years. My friend was going to be in a town about 80 miles from here and asked if there was any way I could get there. I checked the airplane schedule (because, frankly, the drive there sucks) and the plane was available. So, yesterday, I flew down to Los Banos. Was a nice meeting . It's always kind of weird seeing someone whom you hadn't seen in so long.

I neglected to record the flight down, but the return flight is shown here.

Two more sails

Took some friends from work sailing a week ago Friday (5/23) and then went sailing with a friend this past Sunday which was my first sail in quite some time which was just for fun. It was the perfect relaxing day -- winds not so strong as to be much work and not so weak as to be boring.

Day sail yesterday

Went on a sail yesterday with two students. Quite a nice day despite very mild winds. Click here to view the track.

First flight to Tahoe

Yesterday -- partly as a hour building exercise, partly as practice for MEI training -- I flew to Tahoe (TVL) from Reid-Hillview (RHV) in the Duchess (BE76).

The trip up was uneventful. Had a nice groundspeed of over 170 KTS thanks to a decent tailwind -- which would, of course, be a headwind on the way back. The interesting thing about going in to TVL is that we climbed to over 10K and then had to descend 4K to land -- field elevation is in the 6K range.

Commercial multi-engine checkride -- PASSED!

Woo hoo! On Thursday I passed my multi-engine commercial checkride. I took it in a Beechcraft Duchess

My certification now is:
Commercial Pilot
Airplane Single Engine Land
Airplane Multi Engine Land
Glider
Instrument Airplane

First solo Merit sail in years

Had a great time today single-handing a Merit 25. Made it (under sail) from just outside the marina all the way to the San Mateo beidge and back. Track is here.

Solo Helicopter XC

Sunday was the planned date for my first helicopter solo "cross country." For those of you who don't know aviation very well, "cross country" only means "not local" and, in helicopters, that means more than 25 nm. Here's the route I flew.

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