Took a flight up to Portland Area with Patrick

Cessna 172 N748SP sitting on the ramp at Palo Alto (KPAO)
Instrument Panel of Cessna 172 N748SP
Edward refueling the Cessna
Golden Gate Bridge from 5 miles out to sea at 5,500 feet
Black Butte under the fog at 8,500 feet
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta Ever since getting my pilot's certificate in June, I wanted to go on a long cross country flight to visit my mom near Portland Oregon. My company shuts down the office in Mountain View for two weeks around Christmas and New Years. I took this as the perfect opportunity to take several days to go to Oregon. The flight should only take on average about 5 hours each way if the wind remains the same both ways. For this particular trip since the winds were from the north, I knew it would take longer to get there than to get back. So we planned accordingly.

Head back to the FBO, you're a pilot



TL;DR - 11 months, 67.3 hours, 5 CFIs, 4 C-172s I took and Passed my PPL ASEL checkride today.

So I've always wanted to be a pilot as long as I can remember, when I was a kid, I would say I want to be a pilot when I grow up. I enlisted in the USAF with the intention of working airplanes, but I got a computer job instead. In 1993 I took my first flight in a Cessna 172, it was supposed to be a sight seeing flight with my girlfriend. I had every intention of starting training but it didn't work out. Whenever a friend or colleague mentioned they were a pilot, they would recommend having all the required money up front before beginning training so as to not delay the training, since I couldn't come up with all the money at once, I never started.

Completed Master of Science, Information Security and Assurance

If you have been following my website, which you probably haven't since I don't update often enough to keep it interesting, but anyway; I started to go back to school to get my Bachelors of Science degree in 2011. When I started I knew that the B.S. should only be the beginning, after all, I had been in the technology industry and career field for 18 years. So my intent was to complete the B.S. and go directly into an advanced degree. When I completed the first degree 17 months later in 2013, I wasn't sure which direction to go.

Working on some Reloading work today

Working on some reload work today, in this weather, seems the lighter load is more consistent. Would have been .6MOA .6" if not for 1 straggler opening it up to 1.5"

I'm not sure if my scale is holding zero correctly either, I let it sit for a minute while seating a bullet and it gained .2 grain while empty. may need to change out my florecent lights for LED, more them away or something.

Today's conditions:

56.4°F

41% humidity

Barometric Pressure: 29.75" Hg

winds breezy about 3-4mph from 12° towards

2013 Perseids photography

This weekend is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, and it is also just waxing from a new moon, so it's not high in the sky. A perfect combination to see meteor showers. For the past two nights, I have gone out and attempted to capture one with my camera. On the first night I was not successful in capturing any, but last night I was able to capture two.

This is the better of them, the other one has the meteor crossing high tention powerlines, which I could not see with my bare eyes, even though I knew they were there, I still pointed my camera at them.

This image was captured with a Canon 7d and the Canon 18-200mm set at it's widest, most open settings 18mm, f3/5 and focal distance set to infinity and exposed for 30 seconds at ISO 1600 speed.

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