It seems I've been spending more time lately doing simulated flying than actual, so it was a nice change to do some real world aviating. Saturday morning I flew over to KXBP (Bridgeport) for gas only to find three airplanes waiting at the broken pump. They were ‘waiting on the guy to drive out’. New plan - over to Decatur (KLUD), got my gas and was back at 52F in time to get on the treadmill for a couple miles, followed by some weights. I really only needed about 10 gallons and was looking for a reason to fly. A good way to start a Saturday - .8 off the surface.
"Start your day the RV way!"
Pics of gas pumps are boring and it was hazy, so below are some grabs of data gathered just to have something to post.
First image the ground track (full size crazy big
Second/third images the arrival at KLUD and 52F, complete with taxiing to the pump and back out:
Semi-respectable overhead break and 180* turn to final back at 52F. Wasn't much wind ... You can see the little kink where I grabbed full flaps at the 11 o'clock and just a bit of 1171 in the upper right...
Fourth pic from Garmin Connect later at home showing the charts and stuff compiled. Elevated heart rate correlates with being on the ramp pushing the plane and dragging the fuel hose around <g> (full size
By the time I got back to the 'USS Roanoke' the heat was really starting to climb and the bumps were building. Time for ground and shade. Workout, then lunch with three RV builder/owners, and back home for yardwork and work work. All this data recorded on a Garmin D2 Delta PX they are letting me play with for a few months - tells time too. Talks to my Garmin Pilot app, and through the use of lasers and ball bearings or something it uploads my flights to a cloud-based logbook in the background while I'm trying to find a rag to wipe my plane off. The more I use it the more I like it, and I don't want to give it back :^).
I can promise you I put the 232 calories I burned off right back on at lunch. ;^)
In the age of CV-19 I'm kinda digging the Pulse OX monitor - I find I look at it more closely and often. Pulse OX info for Saturday morning - you can see the grey 'hill' when I was flying (read off scale on right side). O2 reading stayed pretty constant because I didn't go very high (read off left scale).:
(not actual size....but close ;^))
On the subject of the watch while I'm thinking of it, some military folks seem to be using these Garmin smartwatches as a backup pressurization tool and nav aid. You can set the baro-based O2 altitude alert for 10,000' or such and you'll get a vibration on your wrist if, for example, you're in a jet and the cabin altitude exceeds whatever value you've set. If the pressure sensors are T.U. this is a nice Plan B to some. Supporting articles:
Enough nerdy stuff. ;^)
Sorry it wasn't a nicer day for outside pictures. Hope you had a nice RV weekend. Lots of RVs beating up the sky in N.Texas Saturday morning. All good.