Got a chance to fly down and see some very good friends from our time in Wiesbaden, Germany. Just wish we could have spent some more time with them, but I have a real fear of flying at night in the mountains. Will have to visit one more time before we leave next summer. We did run through a pocket of rain on the way back, but visibility and the ceiling were still good enough for VFR minimums.
Sunday was a near perfect day to fly out to the west coast of California to enjoy some warmer weather. I picked Sheltor Cove because the airport is right on the Pacific Ocean and has a pretty spectacular approach to the runway that you can see from the photos below. Not much to do there except walk around, enjoy the fresh air, and hope you don't break down....
I spent most of November preparing for the commercial pilot check ride after having completed the written back in March. I've been wanting to get this done for a few years, but always seemed to find a reason to keep delaying it. I should have done it a long time ago as it was a blast doing all of the different maneuvers to the commercial standards. Things like 8's on pylons, chandelles, and lazy eights. I feel that I'm a better pilot for it and I was able to become a lot more comfortable in the Bonanza....which was a huge bonus! As any student knows, I had a case of the pre-test jitters for some reason, but after settling into the cockpit, I relaxed and everything went back to normal. The oral exam wasn't as bad as I feared and it helped that I was over prepared. Next step, upgrading my Private Pilot Multi-Engine License to the Commercial ticket. Some photos from the post check ride trip home from Truckee, CA (KTRK).
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