Airventure 2011 at Oshkosh!

August 13, 2011
It’s been a week since getting back, but I’m still feeling that “Oshkosh glow” from EAA Airventure 2011.   So how about some pictures, huh?  If a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s about a 20,000 word post.  Enjoy!

My Grumman Tiger: First row! GA Parking, Airventure 2011, Oshkosh

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Podapalozza at Airventure 2011!

July 29, 2011

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 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!!

Bonanzas to Oshkosh – Airventure 2011

July 23, 2011

Two days before the official start of EAA Airventure 2011, but it’s already pretty busy here.

Today was the mass arrival of the Bonanzas to Oshkosh, B2OSH. I understand there were 109 planes, Bonanzas and Barons. I’ve been flying with the Northern California Bonanzas for formation training, so I took the opportunity to shoot some photos of the B2OSH arrival.

Here a sample below. Good job guys (and gals)!  The crowd was impressed!

New Garmin GTN 650 Avionics!

July 10, 2011

Finally joining the GPS age, for IFR that is. New Garmin GTN 650 system installed. So far, so good! Operating logic is well thought out. Love the remote Transponder controls.

Installed by Gryphon Aircraft Services LLC, in French Valley, CA (F70).  Ask for Ron!


HP Slate 500 Yoke Mount Plate

May 30, 2011

Recently purchased an HP Slate 500 tablet PC to use in my plane with the AnywhereMap Pro GPS navigation system.  This tablet was developed by HP for commercial use (although I hear that it is now available at some retail locations).

The tablet has an 8.9″ screen, so it will fit nicely on the yoke in my plane.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a commercial supplier of a tablet mounting plate for the HP Slate 500, including the biggest suppliers of such things, RAM Mounts.  The mounts available from RAM either are generic “tabletop” plates that are far too big or plates for the iPAD that do not fit the HP slate.  So I made my own yoke mount plate.  Pictures below.

HP Slate 500 yoke mount plate, 0.040" 2024 aluminum

HP Slate 500 yoke mount plate, 0.040" 2024 aluminum

The mounting plate is made from aviation grade 2024 Aluminum, 0.040″ thick.  This is stiff enough to hold the tablet well while thin enough to work with the cutting, bending, and finishing tools in my hangar.  It’s a simple design, basically a cruciform shape with double horizontal members.  This leaves space for all of the ports and controls while providing arms that securely hold the tablet on the yoke.  The bottom arm has an additional vertical surface to hold the tablet bottom in place and the other arms secure it laterally.

To hold the tablet securely on the plate, I fabricated a U-shaped top bracket that velcros to the top side of the top arm to hold the tablet within the 6 arms of the plate (there is very little force against this U bracket, a design I used successfully in a previous tablet plate.  Primed and painted grey.  The tablet inserts easily onto the plate and then held securely with the U bracket.

This tablet plate bolts to a standard circular RAM 1″ ball mount, connecting arm, and adjustable yoke mounting arm.   This general design should work for most tablets, with the securing arms sized and located as needed to avoid ports and ventilation holes.



Passed the Wingman level Formation Flying Checkride!

April 20, 2011

Outstanding way to spend a weekend! Spent it formation flying with a great group of guys and gal in Stockton, CA. Mega thanks to Larry Gaines, leading his “Bonanzas to Oshkosh” formation flying clinic. And equal thanks to Wolfgang Polak, our steady Lead for the Grumman flights. Ended the weekend by passing the “Wingman” level FFI (Formation Flying Inc) checkride. Sierra Hotel!

Winter 2011 in San Diego – Why We Live Here…

January 9, 2011

Sailing on San Diego Bay, on a cool, bright, breezy day in January 2011.

Where winter means…a sweater.

Sailing on San Diego Bay, Winter 2011

Sailing on San Diego Bay, Winter 2011


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