This year, we spent a week on the Spirit, a 65 foot vessel. Ryan, Sharon, and Mandy Smith from Wyoming; Chet Nettles, and George Jedlicka from Soldotna. Great weather every day. Rained/snowed on us for about 10 min.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Our friend Ben Stedman was in Seldovia with his mother hanging with Ben's sister Lisa. Ben and his mom needed a lift from Seldovia to Homer and were planning on taking the ferry, but Amanda and I decided to fly them back in the Skywagon. We get to Seldovia and start packing everything into the plane. Luggage, bags, cooler with fish, computer, oh...and a bicycle. Ben's mom sat in the front with me. Amanda and Ben sat in the back. The baggage area was filled to the ceiling with stuff. The plane has never been so full. I guess it's true what they say about Skywagons: "if you can fit it in, it will fly."
Took the skywagon to Seldovia last May with Geno and Judy Rohl. They are flying in their new-to-them Cessna 180.
The Seldovia Slough
Geno and Judy Rohl
The Skywagons parked on the ramp.
The Homer Spit
Mt Redoubt on the flight home
Amanda and I went to Homer for the weekend with Hans and Mikki. While in Homer we met our friends George and Charlie for breakfast. We mentioned to them that we were trying to get to Seldovia but that the ferry schedule wasn't working in our favor. George offered to fly us to Seldovia in their brand new Bell 407 helicopter.
Here is George, the copilot. His wife Charlie was our official pilot.
Mikki and Amanda getting ready for the flight. Excited?
Hans taking pictures as we flew over some property he was thinking of buying in Seldovia bay.
Standing in front of the helicopter as George and Charlie were warming up the engine.
Watching as the heli lifts off for Homer.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Jim Johnsen is a visiting CRNA from Missouri who is working with us for the summer. I took him on a short flight to help me while I was checking a new instrument.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
This is the original panel that came with 70199 when we bought it. Aside from the engine analyzer and an upgraded GPS, it is a 40 year old instrument panel. Our friend Ben Stedman looked at the wiring behind the panel one day last summer and told me that I should gut everything.
So we did. Good advice Ben. This new panel has state-of-the-art avionics. Scott Bremer at Peninsula Aero Technologies did the work.
Included in the upgrade are:
Garmin G500 with synthetic vision
Garmin GMA350 audio panel
Garmin GTN650 GPS/NAV/COM
Garmin SL30 NAV/COM
Garmin GTX 327 Transponder
Garmin Aera 550 backup GPS
Electronics International Engine digital engine instruments
I have flown the plane several hours now. It's the dream plane.