Hi gang. Thursday night, July 28, 2011, aviation podcasters from around the world met at Airventure 2011 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for Podapalooza 2011! Along with the audio and video podcasters there were fans and general hangers-on (hangars-on?) like me! The event was simulcast by LiveATC.com for podcast fans around the world and the Twitter stream was alive with comments!
The event was graciously hosted by Sennheiser at their very well-appointed tent. Below are a few photos from the event.
Sennheiser was the host location for this evening event. Nice digs, and lots of people!
Airventure is about new and old friends. Met and reaquainted with many, like Milford Shirley of “FlightTime Radio” (red shirt with the devilish smirk) and Grant and Steve from “Plane Crazy Down Under” ( wearing black shirts left of Milford, they’re Australian, mate). So many good people, but too many names to remember, and I blame it all on the Jeremiah Weed (whiskey) samples being passed around…
The party got so rowdy, the cops came. Ok, it wasn’t the real cops. It was a prop car announcing Da Blooze Bros, performing at the Ford stage at Airventure. Cool car, and dig the HUGE speaker on top. A hit!
I’m sure each of the podcasters will have their own stories and pictures to post, but I wanted to get something out there as well.
Thanks for the invite!!
Ok, I’ve been pretty darn busy. But I’m still flying and still shooting cool aerial photos. Here is a shot from last weekend, of the Chula Vista Marina in south San Diego Bay. Pretty day to fly, particularly down the VFR corridor through the bay.
Every time I fire up the engine, I remember why I fly…
USA Today’s lack of understanding regarding aviation has become another sensationalized story that does nothing other than scare the flying public. In this case, the headline is “Pilots in crashes had multiple failed tests“, and the story states that in most of the major regional airline accidents in the last 10 years, at least one of the pilots had not passed multiple of what USA Today simplistically calls “tests”.
This USA Today article makes no more sense than suggesting that because at least one pilot in each of these accidents was a male (a good bet considering airline pilot demographics), males are inherently unsafe pilots.
This post provides a user review and comparison of the Samsung Q1EX versus the Fujitsu P1610 UMPCs. This review focuses on the user interface and screen performance in an aircraft cockpit environment running the Anywhere Map Pro aviation GPS navigation software created and sold by Control Vision Corporation. This is not a formal review but rather my personal observations as an experienced user of the AWM Pro system on a variety of tablet PCs.
Why do this? When I read about Samsung’s release of the Q1EX, it looked to me like a great match for this software as well as sized to fit well in a small aircraft cockpit. I bought one as an ”upgrade” to my existing Fujitsu P1610. To test my decision, I (temporarily) loaded AWM Pro on both units and flew with them in my Grumman Tiger to get a good side-by-side comparison. Made sense to me to share the results with you.
Ok, I am convinced that someone is feasting on bloated avgas prices. In a prior post, I noted the difference between the falling automobile/mogas prices compared to avgas prices that are stubbornly sticking near their all-time highs. Other folks are noticing this as well, as reported in “Air Time with Carol Legg“.
It has not gotten any better, in fact, it’s worse! The gap between avgas and mogas is wider than it has ever been. What is going on? Who are lining their pockets with avgas profits?
Where is AOPA?
This is a major flying cost issue for small GA operators. Every AOPA member should be emailing AOPA and asking them to get involved in getting control of avgas prices!
Proof? Topped off this week at KSEE after a local Southern California flight. Self-serve 100LL was $4.59 per gallon, only a few cents a gallon cheaper than a month ago ($4.77). Meanwhile, mogas is now widely selling for below $2.00 per gallon. So I am paying far more, on a percentage basis, for each gallon of avgas.
Checked with the 100LL.com fuel price search, and it still shows all of the airports in the area with avgas prices well over $4.00 per gallon. So there appears to be an organized effort to keep avgas high, at our expense.
Will I keep flying? Absolutely! But I’m going to keep watching avgas prices and KSEE will not seeing my business until prices come back to earth.