Friday, May 31, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photo of the Day

Fairchild Tropical Gardens - Miami

Monday, May 27, 2013

Photo of the Day

Aero Commander at Sun-N-Fun

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Photo of the Day

Piper PA-46 Malibu at Kendall-Tamiami

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A visit to Tamiami airport

Had a great day today on a visit to Tamiami airport in South Miami. There was a car show (images posted to my website). Also took a quick flight around the airport (a couple of touch and gos)

Flew in this beauty. A Vans RV-12 owned by my friend George.

Today is Towel Day! Do you know where your towel is?

Today is Towel Day, the day we remember the late Douglas Adams.

(image courtesy Wikipedia)

So long Douglas, and thanks for all the fish!

Photo of the Day

A36 Beechcraft Bonanza at Kendall-Tamiami

Friday, May 24, 2013

Photo of the Day

Fairchild Tropical Gardens Conservatory

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Photo of the Day

Bat Flower (Tacca Chantrieri)
Native to China and Malaysia
Fairchild Tropical Gardens - Miami

Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo of the Day

Fairchild Tropical Gardens Conservatory

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Photo of the Day

Fairchild Tropical Gardens Conservatory

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Photo of the Day

Fairchild Tropical Gardens Conservatory

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Photo of the Day

Fairchild Tropical Gardens Conservatory

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Key to healthy eating


Earl Scruggs And Friends - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

This one is from 2010. RIP Earl Scruggs.

Written by Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs, banjo - Glen Duncan, fiddle - Randy Scruggs, acoustic guitar - Steve Martin, 2nd banjo solo - Vince Gill, 1st electric guitar solo - Marty Stuart, mandolin - Gary Scruggs, harmonica - Albert Lee, 2nd electric guitar solo - Paul Shaffer, piano - Jerry Douglas,
dobro - Leon Russell, organ - Glenn Worf, bass - Harry Stinson, drums


Photo of the Day

De Havilland Canada DHC-1B-2-S5 Chipmunk (1956)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Space Oddity

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of the ISS, did a wonderful version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, as a farewell to the station.


This is the new NASA.

A wonderful long-distance flight

I flew with a pilot friend in his Cessna 206 yesterday all the length of Florida.

He wanted to take some aerial pictures of a property he has near the town of Live Oak in Northern Florida. This is just south of I-10 about an hour west of Jacksonville and an hour east of Tallahassee, and close to the Georgia border.

He has a beautiful plane, which averaged about 130 miles per hour.

We departed from Homestead General Airport in South Florida and flew due north.

We flew IFR just in case of weather. The weather was great in the flight there but not so much on the way back. The flight took just under 2-1/2 hours for the 317 miles or so distance (510km).

The plan made us fly right over Lakeland Linder airport,the place I visited last month for the Sun-N-Fun airshow. That is far from my home in Miami, and it was just about half way to Suwannee County!


(map courtesy of

As I said, the weather was gorgeous. We flew at 8,000ft and the view was spectacular.

We passed by a nice rail yard near Bartow. The aerial images are a little off due to having to shoot through glass and haze.

After 2-1/2 hours we reached the Suwannee County airport in North Florida. This was taken just before turning into final for landing:


(map courtesy

We refueled in this airport then took off for the 6-mile trek to the private airstrip we were there to visit. This is a beautiful 57-acre place with a house, a hangar and a grass runway, called Red Barn Acres.

My friend keeps a car there as this is his summer home.

We drove into town for lunch but before that he drove to the nearby Suwannee river. There is this old abandoned bridge, closed to traffic but you can walk on it.

From the bridge you can see the Suwannee river:

We drove back to town and had a very nice lunch, then back to the house for some more photos.

The weather in the afternoon was starting to worsen as expected, and even though we took off with some sun, we promptly got into some clouds and rain. We asked for permission to go over the top of the clouds. We asked the traffic controller who did not have the information so he asked a passing airliner on his descent into Tampa. He said the tops were at about 11,000ft and it was clear above. We requested and it was granted. It was not too bumpy crossing the clouds. just a little, certainly less than I had expected. The top of the clouds was beautiful with blue skies above and wonderful cloud formations all around. At times the clouds were higher and as we were not allowed to go higher due to traffic into Tampa International airport, nor did we want to as we were flying in an unpressurized aircraft, every so often we had to go through clouds and it was a little bumpy inside, but not that much. It is certainly nice to be able to fly IFR were weather is not an issue. Had we flown VFR we would have had to stay in in Suwannee most of the day and wait.

The flight south was nice, as I learned a lot about IFR flying, ATC control and navigation. We arrived back at Homestead General a little after 4pm without incident.

It was a wonderful experience.

Update: The flight was recorded by Flightaware.

Flight going north shows the very nice weather we had (big storm to the west):

Return flight:

This shows the storm that was coming but still was hours away in the west. It also shows the small cells we went through on the way back.