Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Terry and Grady Go Flying

Chris and I met out at the field early this morning. It was cold and the sun was coming up an hour later due to daylight-savings time, but it was predicted to be a perfect morning for flying. They got it right this time!

When I was just a baby, my Uncle Terry started taking me flying in a Cessna 172. I've been flying my entire life and wouldn't want to live without aviation. I've taken him up in a Cessna, and even up for an aerobatic ride in the Decathlon, but this was his first ride in a PPC. I actually got to take Terry and Grady up for a 45 minute ride each. It could have been longer, but I need to change the pitch on my prop. I didn't have enough power and was burning gas at almost double the rate I should have been... They did enjoy the time they got though!

Chris and his son Dustin heading out.

This horse was posing by the water.

Here's how the radio conversation went for this photo: Hit your smoke. What? Turn on your smoke. Huh? Your smoke, turn it on! Oh, okay!

Two powered parachutes would head out that day... only one would return. Oh, wait, that's just a farmer burning his trash! Sorry...

This was a nice looking place.

Not my best shot, but I loved the windmill's shadow.

I don't know what this is. Everyone seems to be leaning toward a skeet shooting setup.

Longhorns in the right color - Burnt Orange!

This truck has a huge sleeper on it. I liked the shadow of course!

It's raining today, so enjoy these photos. It may be awhile before it dries out enough for us to fly again.

Megan's First Ride

I finally got a chance to take my youngest Daughter up for a PPC ride. I was worried she might freak out a little, but she loved it. She wanted it to be a little scary and it wasn't, but other than that....!

We got into the air after the afternooon winds subsided and headed off to the West. We flew over a park that we like to play in, flew over the carnival, saw our house from the air, and she was excited to see her school had a big hole in it. After some reflection, she remembered she'd had lunch in that hole - an open area with trees in it.

It was nice to spend some time with her doing something we both enjoyed. As she's getting older, I'm not quite as smart or fun as I used to be!!

I couldn't help but sing the Sanford & Sons theme!

The carnival is back!

Tree shadows.

Heading back. We were getting cold.

Travis spotted this trike next to him and called me on the radio to show me.

Travis and Sandra coming in for a landing.

The trike pilot came in to meet us.

Megan posing for an after-flight shot.

The trike departing Taylor for Lago Vista.

Off into the sunset. He's quick!