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Additions and Updates

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It’s been awhile and time brings a lot of changes.  First and most important is a new addition to the flight crew by the name of Josephine.  It remains to be seen if she’ll be as interested in hanging out at the airport as her older brother is, but we’re very happy to have her and she seems as infatuated with us as we are with her.  Jack is taking to her quite nicely, making sure she’s always in a blanket, giving her lots of kisses and always worrying about her.  So far he’s been the perfect big brother.

US_FAA_private_pilot_licenseIn other news I received my Temporary Airman Certificate a few days  before my son’s birthday, the first week of May, just a few short weeks before Jo was born.  The fancy plastic card showed up not too long later, but as you can imagine I’ve been too busy and under-slept to really exercise it.  I got up once to practice some landings in mid-June and that’s been it so far.  Rest assured I’ll put it to good use once I get caught up on some sleep.  I owe my wife and many friends and family members some right seat time.  For those of you that recall my time out last year (don’t click that if stitches and x-rays scare you), I had to take another much shorter one in April.  This time to extract the screw from my left scaphoid (wrist) as it had loosened up and was wriggling around.  This was causing all kinds of complications with getting flexibility back, but recovery was fast and I was on my check ride barely three weeks post-op.

On the site side of things I’ve got some plans for some of the static pages and of course I’d like to catch up with the entries in my log book.  It’s been so long I’m sure I won’t have anything interesting to say about every flight, but there’s still a lot of experiences in there to get out in to the ether and hopefully motivate some other student pilots out there.  Till next time!

July 8th, 2009 Posted by | Flying, Leisure |

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Time Out

fluoroscan Well, it’s all done.  My wrist upgrade is complete, and all that’s left is for it to heal.  As you can see on the right, a chunk of bone was taken from my radius to graft in to my scaphoid (no, that flat spot in the bone to the right isn’t normal).  All in all everything is going well.  I’m in a fair amount of pain and discomfort because I have a habit of taking myself off the prescribed pain medication well before I’ve used even half of it, but that’s usually how I tend to do things.  It’s all pretty manageable on acetaminophen anyway, and once I’m a little more resilient to the random small bumps I’ll be clear to fly without having to get stuff out of my system.   After the break is a shot of my wrist I took last night.  The stitches are out and I’m in a brace now, but the picture is locked away for those who don’t want blood and guts with their normal feeds.

The last time I got up was still the stage check, and other than reading blogs, news feeds and daydreaming I’ve kind of called a time out on aviation stuff.  I had one flight booked for Father’s Day, but it was scrubbed due to a faulty starter, and my surgery was a few days later.  Dad’s day we had brunch at the Runway Grill though, and got to watch all the traffic taking off and landing (not to mention a fantastic view of the flatirons).  My nephew and grandfather-in-law had a blast watching everything.  Next time I get up, it sounds like we will probably do some air work with my instructor on the throttle, and my right hand on the yoke.  I’m sure that will be a faster transition than me not flying at all for eight weeks.  We’ve got a vacation coming up and there’s so much to do it’ll be at least another week and a half before I can get up in the air.  I’ve ordered the Second Edition of Rod Machado’s book (now in hard cover), and am eager to see what he has to say about GPS and some other new stuff that’s available.  Even though it’s big and heavy I’ll probably lug it with us on vacation and call it time in on the aviation study.  If I consider it leisure time during the working weeks, I can still call it the same on off weeks, right?

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June 27th, 2008 Posted by | Flying, Leisure |

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Flight 27 – More soft-field work

I flew last Monday, but it’s been a hectic week, so am only just now getting to post.  We did more soft-field work, with a touch of crosswind from time to time.  I’m definitely getting better at them!

In other news it appears I have what’s called a Scaphoid nonunion in my left wrist.  About four years ago I was in a pretty serious motorcycle wreck, and apprently a broken wrist doesn’t get noticed when a compound femoral fracture is involved.  Over the years it hadn’t felt like more than a sprain, and only when aggravated (usually via the clutch of a bike).  This season however it’s been quite painful after only two or three days of riding.  I went to see a hand specialist on Thursday to finally figure out what’s going on, and he found this very quickly.  It seems the best option if I want to keep riding motorcycles or fly with any finesse in my old age is going to be surgery.  They’re talking about a bone graft from my radius, putting it in the scaphoid and securing everything with a screw.  I’m going to get some more details during the week, but I may be taking a break from flying soon depending on what kind of cast and meds I’m stuck with.  Stay tuned, as I’ll probably keep blogging on my efforts to not get too rusty if have to take an extended leave from my lessons.

May 25th, 2008 Posted by | Flying |

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