Maine Air Museum

We finally made it to the Maine Air Museum.  Of all the museums we’ve been to over the years, this is one that was overlooked many a times.  If you’re familiar with the Bangor area, its over on the Odlin Rd, the place with the little tiny yellow helicopter out beside it.

It’s quite impressive.  A lot of stuff in there.  And all right down Nathans alley.  The old gent’s in there were happy to talk about the stuff and days past.  We learned a little more about the F84 fighter jet that crashed over on Pa’s land in 1949.  I’ve seen pieces of the plane when I’ve been out hunting.  I’ll have to try and find them again to show Nathan.

PHOTOS

Nathan at the Maine Air Museum

Nathan at the Maine Air Museum

Blackbeard – Swinging Practice

We all went to Blackbeards in Bangor for some batting practice.  It was mostly swinging the bat practice.  The 50mph proved a bit fast for Nathan.  Then we went and played a round of mini-golf.  Thanks Budsher and gang for hanging out with us.

Nathan wiffing a few (as did I)

Nathan wiffing a few (as did I)

Airshow at Owls Head

Nathan had a “Daddy Day” coming to him.  Jess was off to a conference so we planned to hang out together.  I asked him what he wanted to do and he said “something to do with airplanes.”  Hmm.  I gave him the Maine travel book we have and told him to find something.  He came up with the Owls Head Museum.  Old autos and airplanes.  “It’s a long drive.” I know, but Mama didn’t let us look that long the last time we were there.  True enough.

We woke and I decided it would be best if we made sure it was open over the holiday weekend before we drove the distance.  It turned out it was more than open, they were having an airshow that started in 90 minutes!  Let’s go!  We grabbed a muffin on the road and headed to the coast.

The show was OK, it was World War I era planes, so it wasn’t anything fast and furious.  We enjoyed our time together and Nathan talked one of the old pilots into letting him sit in the open cockpit. For $250 he could have bought himself a ride in one!

PHOTOS

Nathan ready for the Red Baron

Nathan ready for the Red Baron

Student Pilot – Lesson 24

My first Solo Cross Country!  And a big one.  Over 200nm and 2.8hrs of flying.  I went from Pittsfield to Lewiston, over to Fryeburg and back to Pittsfield.  I contact Bangor ATC on the way out, they handed me over to Portland ATC.  Just as I was getting ready to descend into Fryeburg, Portland contacted me and asked a favor.  I complied, I think it was more painful for them than it was me, but I got the job done for them (contact another aircraft and have them switch frequencies).  I somehow left that out of the video.  Probably because I sounded like Porky Pig on the radio.  If you really want to hear it, listen here.

Enjoy the video, it was a smooth ride, a beautiful night, so I had time to capture a few things.  THIS is what flying is all about to me.

Trenton Thunder

We snuck in a Sea Dogs vs. Trenton Thunder today.  The Sea Dogs only play the Trenton Thunder (Yankees Minor League Team) a few times a year.  We try to get one in while the weather is good.  It’s always fun to go to that park.  We held out till this morning to get the tickets.  We waited for the reserve seats to be released.  Jess snagged us some great seats right behind the TT dugout.

Nathan kept trying to get a ball tossed to him at the end of each inning, but never succeeded. A young boy had two balls, one from that day, and one from the previous days game, so generously game Nathan on of the balls.  I think it helped that they were both Yankees fans.

Family time at the game!

Family time at the game!

Another Juice Box

Anyone remember this post.. about 13 months ago?

Stinking motorcycle battery I bought last year didn’t even make through the winter.  I charged it a couple of times, but it won’t stay charged.  I had to buy another one.  Of course NOT from the same place.  I called Automatic Distributors and they said they had a maintenance-free battery for it.  I was happy to find it was $20 cheaper than last years battery.

Went to install it so Jess and I could take a ride while Nate was at practice… it wasn’t quite ready… nor maintenance-free!  Two jugs of acid had to be poured into the battery!  It’d been more than 20 years since I saw anyone pouring acid/water into a battery.. I wasn’t quite sure what the process was… and the instructions were a big vague.  I managed, of course not without getting it all over one hand and making a mad dash to the garden hose.

Sixteen hours later, it was charged and installed.  Let’s see if there’s another post like this next year?

Acid Pour

Acid Pour

100 Hour Inspection

I wore it out.  OK, not really.  But after I returned from my trip, the annual/100hr inspection was due.  For a rented airplane, it has to take place every 100 hours.  For airplane owners that fly typically less than 100 hours a year, it’s done annually.  What does the mechanic do?  I have no real good idea.  The FAA has regulations (Title 14, Part 43, Appendix D) in place of what needs to be completed, and then the airplane manufacturer has it’s own list of To Do’s.

During this inspection, 2821U also received a newly painted propeller and a wax job.  Looks good.

Cowling removed for inspection

Cowling removed for inspection

Student Pilot – Lesson 23

Nothing terribly exciting here.  Lost some video and audio towards the end, but I give you a Weather report and a couple landings.  This gives me five hours of solo, so now I can get signed off for my Solo Cross Country flights.  Those are much longer, requiring at least one leg 50nm long.  One XC has to be 150+nm total. Can’t wait!