Monday, October 15, 2018

Boring holes in the clouds

Saturday noon we had an appointment with some folks down in Nashua New Hampshire.
 So at about 11am we pull the Bonanza out of the hangar . . .
 . . .  on to a wet and cold tarmac and after a quick top-of of fuel and de-ice fluid . . .
 . . . we are off and away
Climbing out of Portland
 Scud running on an IFR flight plan .
 Nothing but clouds in the windshield climbing out through thirteen hundred feet for . . .
    . . . . six thousand feet , and it is still gray up there
 The thermometer tells us things are a bit cold up here.
 So we turn on the TKS pump to keep wing and prop clear of ice .
Nothing but soup
After a half hour of this . . .
 . . . we shoot the approach and break out of the clouds at two thousand feet and can see the runway at Nashua
Crossing midfield we enter a down wind approach for RWY 32
 and circle to land
 The Flight-Aware track and profile of our flight . NOTE ; The image above is a screen capture from later on Saturday , thus the weather depiction on the image is not our actual flight conditions .
After a couple hours the weather has cleared a bit to the north and east so we make our departure .
 And climb back in to the clouds .
 Shoot a practice approach  . . .
 with one turn in the hold .
 Into Concord NH
 Then execute the missed approach procedure and a hold at the fix . . .
  in the broken afternoon clouds with the TKS de-ice fluid streaming on the windshield
 And shoot a practice approach in to Laconia
 Breaking through the scud , marker beacon inbound to Laconia .
 We come out of the clouds below three thousand feet .
Executing the missed approach  . . .
 . . . we cross over lake Winnipesaukee
 Back into the broken clouds headed east .
 And set up for an approach back home into Portland
 Rigby yard and Cash Corner to our left
 Cape Elizabeth and Higgins beach to our right
 We pass over Phineas Sprague's Spurwink farm runway
 And follow vectors to the ILS 29 in to Portland
 Final tun inbound for the ILS 29
 and in real time
 Way out on the glide slope
the video
 Zooming in a bit on the runway
final marker inbound
 Over South Portland
 Looking across to Portland downtown
 The Portland working waterfront with the Casco Bay bridge
 Short final
 Over Phineas Sprague's new boat yard on Commercial St
 Looking over the right shoulder back at Portland
 St Johns Street and the new hospital building
 Short final and landing
The track and profile of our return trip

Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Volvo meet at OHTM

On Saturday we got an early start and made the two hour run up to the Owls Head Transportation Museum for the Foreign Auto Festival .  And we are glad we did as it was a great event and a good bunch of like minded folks several of whom knew dad and his old Volvo .
Volvo Club of Maine president Joe Kendall puts in a big effort to get the marque to make a strong showing at the event . . . .
And since as of dad's passing last November we now are accidental owners of his old 1962 PV544 we got to be part of the festivities  .
P1800s had a strong presence
Dave Burnham's 140 series was there
 Looking very tidy under the hood
 Ron Lockwood with his immaculate P1800 was there
 And a Mustang Cobra five liter V8 mated to a T5 trannie . . .
 . . . . stuffed in David Moore's 940 series wagon
 Indomitable Joe Kendall's pristine 142
  With a surgically clean engine compartment you could eat out of . . .
 A nicely restored 1958? PV445 Duet . . .
 . . .  that Quasimodo got parked next to
 Head of the lineup too .
 A sweet P1800 wagon
 And a nineteen seventies vintage Marco
 Plywood and fiberglass construction
 With a Volvo B30 engine
 The B30 is a six cylinder three liter variant from the 160 series Volvos .
 Not a Volvo but a Swedish cousin also snuck in , a late sixties , I think , Saab 99
 After the meet at the museum we were all invited to Duncan and Naomi's house in Spruce Head for a big lobster feed .
Here in Maine you'll never see so many rust free Volvos together .
 Quasimodo got the center stage spot again
 A sweet view of the cove
 More Volvos than you can shake a stick at .
 The old and the new bling
 Some definitely a bit more Loco than others
 I think dad would be happy to see his PV keeping company with his old friends .
 David Moore's red hot mustang powered 940 wagon has to be my favorite
We were even blessed with a visit by iconic Maine radio personalty THE  "Humble Farmer".
I took a whole lot more photos of the other cars at the Foreign Auto Festival but this post is long enough for today .