The Old Naval Airbase

Something a little different.  In April this year, the Brunswick Naval Airbase was open to the public for landing.  They closed the base recently and now GA pilots and others are welcome to use the airport.  New business has arrived there and I hope the airport sees plenty of use.  It’s a great airport and the runways are huge.  So I had some new “firsts” on this flight.  I landed at Wiscassett which has a Right Trafic Pattern, and landed at Brunswick which has parallel runways 19L, 19R.  Both were new airports to add to the list.

KBXM Gallery

Hmm, which one do I want to land on?

New Passenger – Matt

Things have been going seemingly swimmingly lately.  I’ve been getting more chances to fly and build some time.  My best man came up to visit for a bit and it worked out to take him up for a flight.  We did a short flight over some land that he owns nearby and I logged a quick 0.6 hours.

He rode his bike up so Nathan and I escorted him part way back on the Boulevard.

Best Man - Matt getting his first flight from me

A milestone of sorts... 8,888.8 miles on the motorcycle

Two More Airports

We touched down at four airports on this day of flying.  Home base (1B0) and Augusta (KAUG) I already have logged as airports, but I picked up a friend in Augusta and we flew over to our old stomping grounds in Western Maine.

We landed at Oxford (81B) and Bethel (0B1) to add two more to the list.  Three hours of flying logged, probably my longest outing to date… and most expensive.

Nathan tagged along and was able to fly right seat for about half of it.

Nathan and I at Bethel.

New Airport Added to the Logbook

We all jumped in the plane and I logged 1.7 hours on a trip over some very “woodsy” terrain.  Nothing but trees under our wings for miles and miles.  We flew to Jackman (59B) and made our landing and headed back.  Another airport under the belt in my quest to land at all 38 public paved airports in Maine.

On the way back I played around with the terribly old GPS we have in the panel.  Pretty fantastic in its hay-day no doubt, but a bit dated when compared to a iPad or the likes.  But guess what?  It still works and can get me home.

SkyForce Panel Mounted GPS in the Cessna 172


Finally.  After eight grueling months, I’m able to put the large portion of a large project at work behind me!  Now for some personal time!  I’ve flown only twice this year and it’s high time I knocked some rust off.

Flying the wife around... the pattern

Spring Hangar Checkup

It had been a while since I’d been to the hangar. I’ve been trying to get over there after these “Spring” snow storms so that the doors will be exposed to the sun and melt away sooner rather than later.  The bottoms have been frozen in so until those thaw, no one is flying.

I shoveled out the front, just enough to get the snow away from the door and the plow could take away the rest.  The planes sat there all winter, no one flew.  But they look like they could stand a flight.. maybe later this week.  Both batteries are dead so maybe I can try out my booster cable.

Foreground: Piper Cherokee; Background: Cessna Skyhawk

Give Me A Boost!

The planes at the club are known to have dead batteries, mostly due to lack of use, especially after a long winter .  That’s OK, its understandable, they’re pilot maintained so if I’m not charging them, I can’t blame anyone else.  Because I never have time to pre-plan a flight (weather, schedule) there really is no way I can get over a day early to charge the battery for it to be ready the next day.  My solution, boost it.  A certain online company wanted big bucks for a Piper booster cable, I refused to pay it.  They separately sold the special plug for a fraction of that assembled cable thankfully.  I bought the plug for $22? and a Wal-Mart booster cable for $9? and put them together.  Then, instead of driving a vehicle close to an airplane, one that would eventually be running! .. I bought one of those battery in box boosters.. another Wal-Mart special.. $30-40.  I think it’ll work just fine when its time to use it.

Standard jumper clamps along side the Piper Plug.

Not My Turn, Yet

It’s been a long winter. The hangar doors are still frozen shut but it warmed up a little bit this week.  Mike was nice enough to give me a ride in his Sonex.  We flew over the lake and gave the ice shacks and their tenants a show.  I was glad I handled the flight as well as I did, even when Mike yanked and banked for the lake. (see photo – 70-80 degree bank?)

That's looking nearly straight down

Mike's Sonex

Shoveling Out the Hangar

There was more inside than out!  I thought I’d try and get a flight in today, but the temps were plain miserable.  The mercury was reading a paltry four degrees and I didn’t think Jess, my passenger for the day, would appreciate the flight that much.  I was unsure how well the heater worked in the plane, so until I know for sure, we’ll have to wait for warmer days. In lieu of flying, I shoveled out the hangar.  There was more inside than out.  It was nice just to hang out for a bit and chat with the airport “residents”.

Piper Cherokee sniffing the snow drift