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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2006|12:18 am]
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I attended the memorial service for Nick Nilmeyer today.

I didn't know Nick that well, we only shared the maintenance hangar on occaision, but he always had such an energy that you couldn't help but be sucked in by it. I feel as though I was only starting to get to know him by some of the conversations we had over his airplane and flying. All he ever wanted to be was an airshow pilot and he was living his dream and you could easily tell.

There had to have been at least 500 people there. Nick was an incredibly down to earth and positive person and it really showed in the number of people who showed up.

The last time I talked to Nick he had just gotten back from his first practice after his airplane was down for maintenance all winter. I asked him how it flew and with a huge smile on his face he said "Just like I remember it."

I'm going to miss seeing him around.

I've been asked whether I'm afraid of dying... No, Death is absolute. I am afraid of never living.

Nick, I am certain, knew no such fear.
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(no subject) [Mar. 18th, 2006|09:46 pm]
[Current Mood |alive!]

There are times when airplanes remind me that they are more than the sum of the materials that go into them...

Yesterday as I drove around the airport I happened to notice Vess' car parked in front of a hangar and the door open so I stopped in to say hello. Inside, to my delight, was a 1929 Fairchild KR-34. She instantly reminds you that there was a time when the things we didn't know about aviation outnumbered the things we did know by orders of magnitude. Somehow we still managed to defy our creator and spend time with the birds. Some would even say, and often I would be inclined to agree, that it was better then.

Underneath it was Vess, cursing up a storm. Airplanes get that old by being stubborn and Vess has been tasked with helping to get her airworthy again after a slight mishap a while back and so I hung around for a while and helped out. Today I went back to the airport when I really should have been doing other things to help out some more. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing. Today while flat on my back I began to examine carefully the collection of wood, tube, fabric, leather and simplicity that 77 years ago was born into this world as the state of the art. As Vess almost lovingly pointed out, old airplanes are like snowflakes, no two parts are exactly the same. There are no books to guide you other than generalized acceptable practices, but then, what more do you need? We were disassembling some rudder cable turnbuckles that refused to turn, cleaning and oiling them and that's when the feeling I had building inside me came into clear focus in my mind. I could almost feel the faint echoes of history. I was connected with the long line of hands beginning with the ones that built the machine, following through to those who kept her safe throughout the years.

Our hands are the most recent in a long line of caretakers who merely borrow some time with history. If we do our jobs correctly we return it in better condition than we found it and hopefully the next pair of hands will do the same and 77 years from now I will connect with the next person who needs to disassemble the turnbuckles and oil them because they refuse to turn. And I can only hope that they feel my presence and smile. History will repeat itself and like those before us, we will live on.

All this from a turnbuckle... yep, more than the sum of their parts.
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I have returned! [Feb. 21st, 2006|07:36 am]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

4.2 on the hobbs back from Gillespie Field via Camarillo yesterday with one semi scary weather encounter. More on that later.

The rankings this year overall
3. Mt. SAC

We're going to nationals baby!

PCIFA Regionals, next year, and weather.Collapse )

For those of you who gave me birthday wishes, I'm sorry I wasn't around to receive them but thanks a lot :)
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2006|08:40 pm]
Well we've been here since Saturday but I haven't been able to get on the internet since then.

We've been doing Navs and landing practice daily at Borrego Springs. The other schools began arriving today.

My own flying is pissing me off, I know I can fly better than I have been and the only thing I can think is that the new place is throwing me off, I've been focusing a lot on navigating and terrain and stuff like that that my basic skills are kind of lacking. To top that off the different controllers here have been hard to get used to.

Gillespie is a much much much busier airport than Reid Hillview and as a result I don't think things run as smoothly, but all in all it's been a great time.

The flight down was fun, we came down over the desert as a 5 ship, and I got some great photos, once I get home I'll post them.

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The once in a while news update with your host... [Feb. 4th, 2006|11:46 pm]
Well sports fans it's PCIFA Regionals time again. This year we're at Gillespie Field in Santee California just a stones throw from where I went to high school. We got our club status back this year so San Jose State is back!

Do I expect us to do well this year? I don't know, the team is much smaller and we haven't had a lot of practice time and we are pretty much self coached. But it's good to be back and we are working hard and can focus on improving even more for next year.

Look for me in Nav, ACID, power on and power off landings, taxi, SCAN, and sims and I'll be taking my laptop so look for day to day updates. We're leaving on February 11th with four aircraft, two 152's one 172, and One "Swick."

What's a Swick you might ask? It's a clipped wing 160hp fuel injected aerobatic Taylorcraft BC-12D. In short, it's T-craft for "Badass."
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(no subject) [Nov. 13th, 2005|01:01 pm]
yesterday was not a good day...

can't decide on wether to polish up my resume now or wait to see what happens.
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(no subject) [Nov. 4th, 2005|09:34 pm]
I passed! I am an appropriately rated mechanic ;)
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2005|11:04 pm]
I have a midterm next Tuesday, a paper due next Thursday, and my A&P Oral/Practical is next Friday.

Next week is going to be pretty intense.
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(no subject) [Oct. 19th, 2005|12:58 am]
So back from moving hell. "3 to 5 days" said the phone company and the internet provider. 3 weeks later I'm connected again.

can the world change in only 3 weeks? We shall see.
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2005|04:58 pm]
[Current Mood |Industrious]

The flight time breakdown (sometimesistolen from Sometimesirun)

----This month-----

Total flight time logged: 8.7
Total solo time: 8.7
Total with instructor: 0
Total day: 8.7
Total night: 0
Total cross-country: 8.7
Total landings: 5

-----Overall (as of July 25th, 2005)-----

Total Elapsed flight time: 130.4
Total cross-country: 56.7 total 49.3 PIC
Total at night: 15.2
Total PIC: 89.0
Total with instructor: 43.9
Total Landings: 308

Total number of different planes flown: 12

N1992E C172N
N3151E C172N
N9668Q C172M
N6525D C172N
N24460 C152
N46473 C152
N49120 C152
N4927B C152
N6427Q C152
N2147G PA-28-161
N164DP PA-28-161
N33807 PA-28R-200

Total Airports landed at: 25

RHV Reid Hillview Airport - San Jose, CA
Q99/E16 South County Airport - San Martin, CA
SJC Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport - San Jose, CA
SAC Sacramento Executive Airport - Sacramento, CA
APC Napa County Airport - Napa, CA
UKI Ukiah Municipal Airport - Ukiah, CA
KIC Mesa Del Rey Airport - King City, CA
O27 Oakdale Airport - Oakdale, CA
SQL San Carlos Airport - San Carlos, CA
FCH Fresno Chandler Executive Airport - Fresno, CA
MER Castle Airport - Atwater, CA
WVI Watsonville Airport - Watsonville, CA
3O8 Harris Ranch Airport - Coalinga, CA
HWD Hayward Executive Airport - Hayward, CA
WJF General William J. Fox Field - Lancaster, CA
1Q4 New Jerusalem Airport - Tracy, CA
SNS Salinas Municipal Airport - Salinas, CA
LSN Los Banos Municipal Airport - Los Banos, CA
3O7 Hollister Municipal Airport - Hollister, CA
OAR Marina Municipal Airport - Marina, CA
LVK Livermore Municipal Airport - Livermore, CA
MCC McClellan Airfield - Sacramento, CA
L18 Fallbrook Community Airpark - Fallbrook, CA
TCY Tracy Municipal Airport - Tracy, CA
4SD Reno/Stead Airport - Reno, NV
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