Let me describe AP Checkride like this: On Saturday, it was windy enough that NOAA listed the weather in Mansfield as “dust”. Due to the windy conditions, there was very little flying going on. So little flying happened that I actually don’t have a photo album to show for this launch. I do, however have three photos from Sunday, when I successfully completed my NAR Level Two certification flight.
Same Old Blues lifts off on a Cesaroni Pro38 5G J285 for my successful NAR L2 cert flight.
Because the rocket I intended to fly for my L2 wasn’t ready yet (see my upcoming Roll Your Own launch report for more on that), the always-reliable Same Old Blues was drafted in to fill the role. A Cesaroni J285 made for a nice boost to 4017′. This was also the first flight of my BRB900 GPS tracking system, and it worked perfectly in leading me to the rocket.
All in all a productive weekend… even if I only have three photos to show for it.
My photos from WAC’s first Mansfield launch of 2013 have been up for a while, but I have been neglecting to post them here. CLICK HERE to view my photos from the launch. Read on to hear about my flights.
On the drive home form Abbotsford, I made an impromptu stop at Paine Field for the Flying Heritage Collection’s August 11th fly day. The FHC is Paul Allen’s collection of beautifully-restored vintage warbirds. Several aircraft in the collection are the only airworthy examples of their type anywhere in the world. During summer, the FHC hosts free “fly days” on the first Saturday of each month. The 11th happened to be “Luftwaffe Day”, originally intended to feature the collection’s Fieseler Fi 156 “Storch” and the first public flight of their newly-restored Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Unfortunately, the Fw 190 ran into mechanical troubles after taxiing to the end of the runway and was unable to fly. The Storch still performed admirably, though.
After the Storch landed (blowing a tire in the process), the fly day also saw five F/A-18s from MCAS Miramar taking off for training flights and an All Nippon Airways 787.
In case this is my last post of 2012, happy holidays, everyone, and have a happy new year!