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Def Leppard concert in Little Rock

We flew down to Little Rock this weekend to see Erica’s grandmother and attend the Def Leppard/Journey concert at Verizon Arena.  We had booked the concert the day they opened sales, so we were able to get really good seats on the floor, close to the stage. We dropped the dogs off at Maggie’s Farm...
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Ozark Balloon Glow

 We decided to go to the Balloon glow in Ozark Friday night, but Erica had to work until 6:30, making it difficult to drive/park/walk and get to the event in time to see anything.  We elected to take the airplane and shave a few minutes by having Erica meet me at the West Plains airport...
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First Use of Airplane for work

I had a short trip to St. Louis this week.  Early in the week, the weather forecast was crummy for flying, so I hadn’t even considered it until the morning I was about to head out and the forecast for the first two days I would be gone.  So I elected to take the airplane. ...
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Sunset in flight

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Another St. Louis area run

After I made a quick trip to St. Louis yesterday for Anna’s confirmation ceremony, Erica and I needed to make another trip to attend a party at my sister’s house to celebrate Anna’s confirmation/8th grade graduation, and Graham’s graduation from Depauw. Typical Spring weather was threatening storms.  There was a cell South of St. Louis...
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Arrival into Spirit of St. Louis

Arrival into Spirit on Sunday afternoon. When we checked in they were landing to the West, but they switched to landing East just as we were getting ready to turn downwind. The change was a more advantageous direction for us, so we got great flight times.   For a detailed discussion of the trip see Another St....
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Anna’s confirmation

The weather, airplane schedule, and timing worked out so that I could fly the airplane up to attend my nieces confirmation service. Erica had a long week, and was still pretty congested from allergy stuff, so I made the trip solo. That also presented the opportunity for me to delay my return long enough so...
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Apache Trail Drive

 On Sunday we drove the Apache Trail Scenic route.  On the way back, I threw a 360-degree camera on top of the car to record a few sections of the drive.   Share this:MoreTweetPocketEmail
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Beale Street Music Festival 2018

Erica and I had planned for several months to take a long weekend to go down to Memphis and enjoy the Beale Street Music Festival.  I was able to use some hotel reward points and take  a sizable chunk out of the hotel bill, which can get pretty high downtown during the festival. With the...
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Up close at #bsmf #bsmf18

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Beale Street

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Fort Smith/Van Buren – The only way to travel

Erica wanted to go to a Steampunk Festival in Van Buren, AR on Saturday and Sunday, but she had to work until noon, and it was a 4.5 hour drive.  Fortunately the weather was terrific, and the airplane was available.  So we had a terrific flight down and back. Share this:MoreTweetPocketEmail
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Aviation Posts

Bumpy Ride to Instrument Exam

I was able to get away Friday afternoon to run up to Bolivar to take my Instrument Airplane Knowledge Test exam.  Being afternooon in July, I knew it would be bumpy, but man it was rough. I passed the test easily, but I wasn’t in a big hurry to climb back in and take the torture...
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Thrice around the pattern

After the EAA Meeting this morning, it was heating up but Richard and I decided to go up for a few take-offs and landings.   Share this:MoreTweetPocketEmail
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Def Leppard concert in Little Rock

We flew down to Little Rock this weekend to see Erica’s grandmother and attend the Def Leppard/Journey concert at Verizon Arena.  We had booked the concert the day they opened sales, so we were able to get really good seats on the floor, close to the stage. We dropped the dogs off at Maggie’s Farm...
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Second oil change

The second oil change rolled around quickly.  With a cross country trip planned this weekend, My Father-In-Law and I flew the plane over to Ava to do another oil change. Changed Oil and Filter Took an oil sample Replaced air filter replaced a cowl attachment fitting The next oil change will be roughly 100 hours...
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Ozark Balloon Glow

 We decided to go to the Balloon glow in Ozark Friday night, but Erica had to work until 6:30, making it difficult to drive/park/walk and get to the event in time to see anything.  We elected to take the airplane and shave a few minutes by having Erica meet me at the West Plains airport...
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First Use of Airplane for work

I had a short trip to St. Louis this week.  Early in the week, the weather forecast was crummy for flying, so I hadn’t even considered it until the morning I was about to head out and the forecast for the first two days I would be gone.  So I elected to take the airplane. ...
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Fathers Day flight with Dad

For Father’s Day this year I had the opportunity to take my dad up for a flight.  We did a tour of our area, checking out several of the farms he keeps cattle on, their house, their lot on the river, then a flight over Lake Norfork, the Norfork river, and back into Willow Springs. ...
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2018 06 Pilot Alexander

I had the opportunity to fly young Alexander this past Saturday.  The audio is not great, but it is great to be able to experience Alexander’s excitement and observations during his first flight.  Alexander made it clear that he was the pilot, so we decided that the right seat was the right pilot seat, and...
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Pretending to be an Instructor – Part 1

We went up to the airport last night to take the camper up, and do another flight with Richard.  They were running a little late, so Erica and I went ahead and loaded up to do a few takeoff and landings.  I wanted to practice for the spot landing contest.  I didn’t get the stratus...
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A quick flight with Richard and Bessie.  We went out to the airport so I could go over the airplane with Richard, pre-flight procedures, paperwork, fueling process, etc.  We took it up and flew down to Mammoth to see the park, hatchery, and river.  On the way back we passed over our house, and back...
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