Catching up ….
Wednesday April 25th 2018.
Breakfast today was at the airport Flight 126 cafe. Obviously very popular. It was busy when I arrived and busier when I left. Portion size’s are large!
Henry’s Bumble Bee Revo and the BZIM
A tight squeeze
Santa Paula airport is a fantastic little airport with a real friendly vibe. Many interesting aircraft are flown from this popular private airport.
Peggy Watson-Meinke and husband run a hot air balloon flight experience company called StarLite Balloon flights based on the airfield. Peggy’s hanger is next to where the BZIM was staying, in Henry’s hanger. Jealously, I learned, not only do they operate their business from the airport, but they actually live at the airport, in the hanger. This isn’t a unique set-up I was told, but it was sure a new one to me. This allows people to live, breath and sleep their passion. I thank Peggy for showing me her home, allowing me to take some pictures and for showing me round the Aviation Museum on the airfield, that was actually closed during my visit.
Me, the BZIM and a fantastic host and friend Henry
Haze and low cloud towards the coastline had been a feature since arriving at Santa Paula, but with conditions due to improve later in the afternoon, it was now time to hit the Pacific coast, with Henry and his “Bumble Bee” Revo.
Henry catching up
Sports pitches are great if you ever get lost
More of Ventura
Over that Pacific north of Ventura
Santa Barbara marina
Henry downwind Santa Paula
Seeing two whales and calf during the return leg from Santa Barbara was the icing on the cake of another fantastic day!
Henry catching up
Over that coast north of Ventura
Henry and Santa Paula
10th April 2019 – Content will continue to be added (slowly)
Content still to be added:
- Santa Paula to Watsonville via Salinas
- Watsonville to Placerville via Lodi
- Placerville to Carson City
- Lake Tahoe flight with Paul and Loretta Hamilton, Marie and Travis.
- Carson City to Elko
- Elko to Stanford, via Jackpot, Hazelton, Bear Trap, McCarley and Rexburg
- Stanford to Black Hills via Yellowstone, Gardiner and Woltermann memorial
- Black Hills to Madison via Chamberlain
- Madison to Oshkosh via Viroqua
- Oshkosh to Youngstown via Starke Co and Bellefontaine
- Youngstown to St Marys via Clarion
- St Marys to Linden via Arner Memorial
- Video and additional images for previously published pages
- Coast 1 …… Check
- Coast 2 …… Check
- Coast 3 …… Check
The BZIM’s wing over the Atlantic Ocean
The BZIM is now, at it’s final destination airport, Linden Airport, New Jersey.
The BZIM finals 9 Linden. New York Skyline on left
A final flight will take place tomorrow, up and down the Hudson VFR corridor, landing back at Linden, weather permitting. 🙂
The BZIM at Linden New Jersey
Arriving Oshkosh, landing 27 with winds 15kts gusting 21kts.
The BZIM is now parked at the Hilton
The BZIM’S feeling the cold this morning.
Currently 0640 at Stanford Field (U02) waiting for the frost to melt off the BZIM’S wing and for fog to lift from Yellowstone.
Winds 10mph from the north, so it feels colder than the -1’C reported…
Hoping to be clear of the highest Rockies by today. Thunderstorms forecast for Yellowstone this afternoon.
Tuesday 1st May. 11:50am
Short update. Waved off by Ben at Elko. Fantastic person who helped considerably the previous afternoon. Ben, a local, long time pilot with some amazing aviation stories from the local area. Thanks for your help sir!
Diverted into Jackpot airport as a snow shower is obscuring the path ahead. A stronger than forecast tailwind has got me to this area sooner than expected.
Craters of the moon National park is looking iffy unless the cloud-base lifts.