Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:26 pm

SOMEWHERE - UNDER A RAINBOW

Sunshine five miles deep out there today - CAVU, Clear And Visibility Unlimited. We could see so far out there, that I peeked to see where Easter eggs will be hidden.

Julie and I took a one hour hop. No snow anywhere in sight. No ice on any ponds anywhere around here. Patches of green where winter wheat had been readying for spring all winter long.

Two hawks went under our wings shortly after the first takeoff, on our way to Charlotte KFPK to get some specialized engine oil. There, I got to look at the worn bearings on the ruddervators of a friend's Beachcraft V tailed Bonanza. It's a good thing that Jason found that! On takeoff from here, a sandhill crane crossed in front of us about 200 yards out. Fortuitous timing.

Flying SW'ly along I-69, we came to the town of Olivet. A 120 degree left turn lined us up to fly along a local sneak route between two, small towns here. Along the way, we got to check out farm fields, ponds, curious "Z shaped" channels in a field, streams that meander from one place to the next, Michigan's Grand River, and the 20 acre plot where snorting steam engines gather in late July,

In the traffic pattern, preparing to land at our home field, I finaly did a credible job of controlling air speed. Even with a cross wind, I planked it down where I wanted, and had to add power before turning off at the first taxiway. Taxied in, shut her down, and acknowledged reality - "Cheated death again"
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby grandpa paddler » Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:16 am

:) :) :)
...better to be up the creek without a paddle than to not be on the water at all!
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Wannabe » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:46 am

Glad ya'll had a good day. Sounds like spring has sprung up there.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:19 am

Right on the cusp, Bob. Green sprouts are poking out their heads in a flower garden; trees are in bud; lawns haven't greened quite yet; and high school kids are running around in tee shirts & shorts. Many birds are back, but gold finches haven't turned back to bright yellow from their winter green yet. April showers started a week early, and today is rain all day. Makes up for yesterday.

Saturday is April fools' day, so keep an eye out for pranksters.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Wannabe » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:54 pm

Things are popping down here too Jack. Tomatos are looking strong, cucumbers are about to start climbing as are the Chinese long beans. Just popping out of the ground is amaranth, carrots,Malabar spinach, Chinese cabbage, ground cherrys, Thai edible gourd (zucchini like), Macedonian and Anaheim peppers. Yesterday we got 4.10" of Unneeded rain. Supposed to get more Sunday. Life is good. Enjoy all of it you can Jack.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:45 pm

Wannabe wrote:<SNIP>. Life is good. Enjoy all of it you can Jack.
BINGO! That is the operative line, right there. "Go forth, and enjoy life." Thanks, Bob.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:44 pm

AWAITING A HIGH

An overwhelming part of aviation is weather. Often - that becomes, "Weather or not I can fly"? Right now, it's watching and waiting for some good flying weather. March and April in the Midwest have some spots of good weather. They also have wind and rain. And snow. Right now, those last three are dominating.

Strong storms work their ways NE'ly, up from the plains states and Mississippi valley, through Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, cross over Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan, and on up into Canada.

In the meantime, I can do other activities. Like, think about flying. And, think aboit canoeing. Etc.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Wannabe » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:34 pm

Or you could go polish the spinner some more.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:10 pm

And, that's another part of flying - washing the plane. A dirty plane flies a few mph slower than a clean one.

another sigh
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Wannabe » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:04 pm

One thing about polishing the spinner. If you start the engine and you do not have to rub as much. :mrgreen:
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:27 pm

Well, I'd best let you show me how to do that. ;-)
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Wannabe » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:02 pm

Well, ya know, it really is a fur peice up there and all. I'd love to show ya, but my ole truck ain't sucking vacuum too good lately. Manifold pressure ain't what it used to be, right mag. keeps cutting out. Ya know how it is. Maybe next time. :oops:
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:13 pm

Oh yeah. I understand, Bob. :-)
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:17 pm

AND . . . FOUND A HIGH

A clear and beautiful day out there today. So, after the pancake breakfast, Julie and I ventured forth. Plan was to fly past Duck Lake to land at Marshall Field KRMY. Winds were SW'ly, gentle to moderate. The pattern at Mason was busy - sunny Sarurdays brings them out of the woodwork.

As we approached Marshall, I tuned in to their weather broadcast. OOPS! Gusts to 15 knots. That's right on the edge for my plane. That gusting hadn't been in the weather briefing. We talked about it a minute, and I decided to turn around. We contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Lansing, announced our intentions, and requested Flight Following for the return to Mason.

On the flight, we could readily see a LOT of standing water in fields. The Grand River, Red Cedar River, and all streams and rivulets are doing a land office business. Farmers won't be able to get on their fields for a couple-three weeks. In the meantime, winter wheat keeps on growing, of course.

Wildlife seems to be thriving in the spring weather. The last two years, deer were in over-abundance around here. There had to be expanded hunting because the excess deer population led to cases of chronic wasting disease. There is such a thing as too much success.

Actually, people are seeing signs in the world of too many people too. All the envirinmental concerns are directly related to, caused by, and exacerbated by too many people. Funny, the things you think about, while flying over the land.
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Re: Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

Postby Kayak Jack » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:00 pm

SOME DAYS . . . . . .

Some days the skies are clear, winds are fair, and vizibility stretches into next week. Other days there is lightning walking all around the sky. Thunder too. (no, that sound isn't made by lightning - it's really Henry Hudson bowling 9 pins. I know, because that's what my second grade teacher told us!). Well, today is full of rain, thunderclouds, lightning, gusty winds, low ceilings, low visibility - flying hazards all over the place. So.......

Today, I'm curled up with a large cup of hot tea, and the "Airplane Flying Handbook" published by our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Rereading the How To, What To, When To, Why To etc. of flying helps me plug along here in the continuing journey of learning to fly well and better. That journey is a long, pleasant trail.

A couple of days ago, I teceived an invitation to join the UFO organization. This one is United Flying Octogenarians. Not quite yet qualifying, I responded with thanks, and my promise to fly as Pilot In Command (PIC) on, or ASAP after my 80th birthday in December. The Ruptured Duck and I will waddle down the runway and break the bonds of gravity. Their response was invitations to any of their activities in the meantime. Consisting of only about 1,500 men and women, and chock full of piss and vinegar, these are my kind of folks!
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