I topped off a busy work week with a busy weekend of air work. On Saturday afternoon we departed San Carlos for Salinas to do the Localizer DME runway 31 approach, my first with a DME arc. We had practiced DME arcs the previous weekend out in the central valley well away from any significant terrain. As you can see from the approach plate, that isn’t the case with this approach.
Read More »
Last Sunday’s flight was a real workout including holding patterns, DME arcs an approach to Tracy (KTCY) and Los Banos (KLSN). The biggest lesson of the day was to brief the approach before flying the approach. Martin was playing the role of air traffic control while I was under the hood. After vectoring out of San Carlos, he had me cross TRACY intersection at 3,500′ and proceed direct OMWAP for the RNAV (GPS) Rwy 26 approach.Read More »
November 96988 proceed direct Woodstock, cleared RNAV GPS Runway 32 approach.
No, we weren’t flying in upstate New York, we were flying into the Charles M. Shulz airport (KSTS) in Santa Rosa, California. Let me take you back to last night when I got a text message from my flight instructor suggesting we plan a trip up to Santa Rosa to practice some enroute work and new approaches. As I was reviewing the available procedures, I was delighted to see the many references to Peanuts characters in the waypoints. In March of 2000, the Sonoma County Airport was renamed after long time resident and comic strip artist Charles M. Shulz. The fine folks at the FAA have obviously gotten behind the idea by naming several waypoints after some of my favorite Peanuts characters. More on that in just a bit.Read More »
After passing my Instrument Rating Airman Knowledge Test last May, I began working through the flight training over the summer. Unfortunately work and life just got in the way but I have recently picked up the training again and will hopefully be able to complete the complete certification this time around.
I had a training flight scheduled with my instructor, Martin Michaud, this past Friday which happened to coincide with the arrival of an arctic storm system blowing into the bay area. As I was watching the weather come in, I pretty much gave up hope on making our flight. The way things were trending, it looked as if the icing layer would be dropping down to 4,000′ MSL.
On Thursday evening I was going over the weather for a planned flight to Stockton (KSCK) and, based on the AIRMETs available at the time, it appeared that the icing layer would be down to 5,000′ MSL for our area, actually for a significant portion of the western U.S. Ceilings were forecast to be in the 2,000′ to 3,000′ range which would be more than adequate but winds in the Stockton area were forecast to be 12 knots gusting to 20 which would make approaches difficult for a fairly green IFR student.
I got on the phone with Martin to discuss the forecast mentioning my findings. When we discussed the icing forecast, he directed me to the Aviation Weather Service’s Advanced Digital Data Service icing forecast. The graphical forecast closest to our time of departure had the icing layer between 9,000′ and 10,000′ which would be well above our altitude. The winds at KSCK were an issue so we looked at Salinas (KSNS) which had more favorable winds (i.e. no significant gusts forecast). After discussing the weather and route a little further we decided to check back in before I left for the airport in the morning. If the forecast held with no significant changes we would make the trip.Read More »
My dad, Joel Dalrymple, used to love taking pictures and giving slide shows. I was really young when he would give the occasional impromptu slide show at our house but I do recall them being lively affairs. I can’t do the presentation any justice but I’ve started getting some slides from his collection scanned and posted on Picasa. This first carousel was titled “Friends Utah and Nevada 1964-67”. The following are some choice shots, you can see the full collection or download full sized images by visiting the album on Picasa.
I don’t know who the people on the left are but that’s my mom on the far right. Many years after this picture was taken, I would be curled up on or hiding apple skins under the afghan she’s sitting on.Read More »
I want the headings in my documents to have heading numbers. That way when I’m speaking to someone on the phone or via email, I can have them quickly navigate the document (e.g. “It’s in the first paragraph of section 2.2 on page 14.”). If you’re coming from Word, figuring out how to do this in Lotus Symphony isn’t necessarily easy but this lesson should show you how.Read More »
When I was going to college in Boulder, one of my favorite treats was the beer bread at the Walnut Brewery. I don’t make it back to Boulder very often so I like to make the bread here in San Francisco using our very own Anchor Steam Beer. The following is a slightly modified version of the original.Read More »