Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One small step for (hu)man

Remember the good ol' days when I used to blog a lot ... you know, that small time of year known as June - December. Well, those days are gone. So, readers - all six of you - you're going to have to settle for these junky posts, that frankly, don't even merit the free space that I have on the internet.

But, it's my blog, so I don't really care what you think about the lax quality of posts lately.

For those that are still reading, first of all, perhaps you should go spend some time with your loved ones instead of reading this crap. Second of all, I made a huge stride in my flight-simming tonight.

Unfortunately, even for plane lovers like myself, the same old routine on flight-sim can get stale. Today, however, realizing I had nothing to lose but time, I set the weather to the harshest setting, which, unbeknownst (sp?) to me requires the pilot (me) to file an IFR. I found out how to do it, and set myself up to fly from Burlington to Albany in a King Air 350.
The weather was nasty the whole way. I saw the terminal as I took off, and the next thing I saw was south Albany on my approach. If you look carefully on the picture below, you can see the rain reflected in the strobe light.
It was awesome. I was in contact with ATC the whole way. They gave me specific flight levels and headings, and led me to the approach. Flying this way after what I had been doing is like learning to play cricket after starting with 301.

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