December 2013 · · PAGE 372.
December 8, 2013: I was doing errands yesterday
and did not get to fly the Enterprise. I got in the air around 3 PM today and took a
flight down to Vero Beach (KVRB) for a touch-and-go landing there, followed by another
T&G at Valkaria (X59). I have flown to south Florida a number of times in the
past as documented in these web pages. Today was the first time I flew into Vero
Beach even if it was a VERY short visit. I discovered they have changed the ATIS
frequency from 132.5 MHz to 120.575 MHz, effective October 19, 2013. The current
Miami sectional needs a hand-written update before you go there. Needless to say, my
GPS database was also incorrect.
I have flown over Valkaria a couple of times since I moved the airplane to
Florida last year, but today was the first time I landed there, if only for the T&G on
Runway 14. I flew up the barrier island and around the home of a fellow pilot north
of Coconut Point, then over to near where I live.
The flight was over the top of Melbourne (KMLB) Class D airspace with no radio
contact needed. Here is the view from 3,000 MSL during the southbound fly over of
Melbourne International Airport. Delta Airlines has some flights coming in here with
Boeing 757 aircraft. I have seen a 747 parked on the ramp here. The wind aloft
at 3,000 MSL varied from 25 to 30 MPH from the southeast. It was slower going south
than during the return flight to Rockledge.
I departed Rockledge on runway 36 with a crosswind from the East. When I
returned one hour later, the wind was more from the south and I used the approach to
runway 18. Billy has put some blue painter's tape on the hangar floor for each of
the airplanes. I put mine back in place at the end of the one hour flight.
The Hobbs meter now stands at 350.3 hours total time on the engine and
January 1, 2014: A new
year begins with this report on Christmas. My wife's daughter and grandson came for
a visit. We had lots of hot wheels and other toys in the house when he was here.
He just opened one of the rare gifts that was not a toy. The shoes are just
like the ones his uncle Mark wears.
The Christmas tree had many gifts around it before we started to open them on
Christmas Day. This photo was taken about half-way through the opening of gifts.
On the last day of their visit, I took my step-daughter and her son to the
airport to watch his reaction to seeing my airplane. By the time I had finished
explaining the basics about flight controls and instruments, it was apparent both of
them wanted to fly in the airplane. The weather was not the best on this day, so we
shall go flying when they visit again.
It is New Year's Day as I publish this update and a light rain is falling
occasionally. I sat down in the new car to program some of the 36 radio presets for
FM radio stations and XM satellite radio. Although the car is covered with rain
drops, it does not show in this photo.
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