Saturday, September 13, 2014

Some more instrument work

After a bit of fussy work to stitch the replacement cover on to the copilot's head rest, and a bit of fiddling to set up the new Garmin Virb video camera . . .
We went out for a fly
Heading down the coast past Pine Point beach in Scarborough
We do a couple turns in the hold for the VOR approach in to Sanford RWY 25.
The approach plate in the radio shows the top view of the procedure turn
Inbound leg of the procedure turn
The view of the vertical profile on the approach plate
Procedure turn inbound now past the VOR
Down to 640 ft decision height
We taxi past the old Catalina PBY restoration project
And the Civil Air Patrol lineup
For some self serve 100 low lead
After a brief stop for a sandwich we head back to KPWM past the Bush compound at Walker's Point.
And just outside of Saco spot a neat corn maze paying tribute to the University of Maine Black Bears.
And get vectors for the ILS Localizer approach for runway 11 at Portland
KPWM and the city of Portland viewed from the initial approach fix
BUXTO fix inbound we initiate our decent
Getting a bit closer
Passing through 1100 ft
Decision height 274 Ft
After another successful ride we park next to the big kerosene burners. That's a TBM 700 next to us, and beyond it a newer TBM 850.


  1. Hi Michael, great photos, brings back memories of my caretaking days at the lodges. I use to fly with the owners when they had room to go fishing. The biggest excitement is, flying over remote Alaska and seeing all the wildlife and rivers so remote,, no names. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi John, I am fortunate to get to occasionally play with this complex machine. Flying safety pilot for IFR practice gives me the opportunity to stay familiar with instrument flight skills with the new glass panel. I go whenever I am invited and usually remember to bring the camera along. Never had a chance to make it up your ways to Alaska but I am sure it is the ultimate environment for aviators.

  2. We had just one of those T-141's. And we had to share it with other counties CAP squadrons, but it was sure fun to fly. Then the Air Force took it away and the CAP just dried up and blew away at our little airfield. I miss it. I could rent that plane for $15.00 an hour wet, and I could fly it for nothing on SAR missions or admin flights for the CAP. It was the last aircraft I flew before I failed my medical certificate physical exam and my flying days as a PIC were over.

    1. Harry: The CAP tends to be very active around here and you see the 172s and 182s about and about quite often. They even have one of those Australian Gippsland GA-8 Airvans, kind of like a smaller Cessna Caravan. Back in the early 90s when I was doing my IFR training at KPWM I looked in to it, but it seemed there were an awful lot of hoops to jump through to get in as a civilian. At the time they seemed to be in to the drilling a lot with the young ones out in the parking lot. It was clear they would not let newbies fly any time soon unless you went through the goosestepping rigmarole, and I had rent to pay so no time to play soldier.