I figured I'd finally get back on the blog wagon and throw up a post for a change, and after a recent return from Air Venture with my partner @chrislabossiere, I figured I'd share with you the excitement I have with a close passion of mine....aviation.
A Ferrari of Four Seaters...
4 months ago, Chris and I finally decided to go 'all in', and purchase our first aircraft. We purchased a Diamond DA40-XLS, two years old (I like to say two years new), with just over 100 total hours on it. This little beauty has Garmin's G1000 glass panel cockpit with all the bells and whistles including TAWS-B terrain avoidance, TAS (traffic avoidance system / radar), live XM weather, Synthetic vision, Jepp charts, Autopilot, WAAS GPS for precision approaches and the list goes on. As a first airplane, we are extremely lucky to have a machine so well appointed with safety and comfort features. This ride is an awesome cross country aircraft for up to four people (realistically, 2 adults, 2 smallish children). Her callsign is G-XMC, and I love her to death.
Flying into Air Venture is pure bliss. It's busy. It awesomely organized. It's adventurous. It requires focus. If you are an aviation nut, and are going to Air Venture, you simply have to fly in. After reading through a 30 page NOTAM (basically, and instruction book for pilots on how to enter / exit the airspace), the air traffic controllers (and they fly in the best of the best), walk you into a colored dot on the runway, and land you simultaneously with other aircraft. It's great fun. Below is a video of a left base arrival on runway 36 I flew on our second day at Oshkosh. It was a great experience. (Make sure you pop it open full screen. It's HD baby!)