Tuesday, October 21, 2008
There was a lot of interest in our Lambada Group. This is a new partnership in our 80hp Lambada demo which currently has 200 hours on it. There are 5 positions available for $25,000 each. We will keep it in our hangar, and take care of it for the owners. It has the full bore glass panel.
Urban Air USA planes and tent.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Typical climb rate after takeoff with 2 people and half fuel. Note the variometer on the lower left indicating over 12 knots (1200fpm) at the normal climb speed of 60 knots. This is also a good look at the PFD page on the Grand Rapids EFIS.
Kathy Lee talks with Georgia Bostik in the Urban Air Command Center.
Upon arrival back in Melbourne, Joe and Jim went back to work. Current "wrench projects" include finishing the lights and ELT installation on the Samba and final prep work on the Lambada before it heads to Costa Rica.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Next stop was Salida, where we stayed with JZ and Amy. The next day was fabulous, with a cloudstreet running south along the Sangre de Cristos to the Great Sand Dunes park.
Our Lambadas were comfy under the wing of a Gulfstream, just like ducklings against their mom.
We landed at Leadville, 9,800msl with a density altitude of 11,800msl.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
We ran into the Red Baron (Terry Presley) in Tennessee.
From San Antonio, we flew to Laredo, TX to file our required VFR flight plan across the border to Nuevo Laredo, a total distance of 10nm. This has to be the shortest flight plan I have ever filed! The Laredo, TX tower controller came down to talk with us for 2 hours about the Lambada. Not an unusual occurrence.
The short flight from Guadalajara to Lake Chapala brought us into some great engine off ridge soaring. We gave rides to six people, with consistent ridge soaring over town.
Chapala airport, new home of N154UA.
Chapala Flying Club welcomes it's new member
Jorge's hometown of Tapalpa, where he plans to build a new airstrip.
Total mileage, 2000nm.
On April 1, departed Lubbock at 8:30, flew low level (under 3000'agl) to escape the upper level west winds, to arrive in Farmington, NM at noon. 3.5 hours, 374nm. Ate lunch, and gassed up (last fuel stop was outside of Houston) and departed for Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, and the deserts and valleys of Nevada, landing in Ely, NV at 6pm. 4 hours, 394nm.Total for the day, 778nm, 7.5 hours.
Mountains of Nevada
A frosty canopy at sunrise in Ely, NV
Half Moon Bay, Pacific Ocean! (We did a touch and go)
We circled the Golden Gate, San Francisco, then back to Carson City, NV.
What a trip!!!
P.S. To top things off, we contacted the Minden wave at 9,000', shut down the engine, and soared to 15,000' over Lake Tahoe. Doesn't get any better than that!