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  1. Beech Duchess

    Maybe I'll go back and recreate some of my adventures in the Cherokee and the Saratoga, but now I'll skip to the end of my flying career. I went back to Texas for a stab at a commercial license, hoping to fly for a living. This is a simulation of my first multiengine lesson. I have successfully installed a Duchess on the FS2004. It looks a little boxy, and compared to the Beech Baron, small and ugly, but it is painted exactly like the one I flew in Georgetown. Inside, the instruments are sparse, ...
  2. Olympic Peninsula in a Saratoga

    Two years had passed since my move to Washington. The Cherokee 140 had reached TBO and my family had grown, so I had persuaded my wife to buy a bigger airplane. After much research, I decided on a Piper Saratoga. It was very similar to the Cherokee, but with six seats and an engine twice as powerful. I had taken instruction in a Piper Arrow (a more powerful, retractable gear Cherokee) and in a retractable Saratoga to learn the constant propeller and the moving landing gear. Eventually, I found a ...
  3. New City: Bremerton, Washington

    We had moved from Austin, Texas, to Port Orchard, Washington. I had made the drive to get the cars to our new state, but debated whether to sell the Cherokee and get a new one or to fly it across the country. I finally decided to fly: 22.4 hours solo over four days. I arrived on March 28. Almost two weeks later, I had a chance to fly around and get the lay of the land. The long cross-country had been an adventure, but now I wanted just to fly for fun.

    I configure the simulator for Bremerton ...
  4. New Plane: Cherokee 140

    I have downloaded a plane like the first one I owned: a Piper Cherokee 140. This is a recreation of the first flight after taking delivery in San Marcos and flying to my tie-down at Austin Mueller. From the outside, it looks much like my Cherokee, except mine had wheel pants on the front gear as well as the mains. The paint scheme, of course, is different, too, but I am excited to fly my old plane on the computer. The interior looks much like I remember, except for a manifold pressure gauge. The ...
  5. Helicopter Demo: R22 at Austin Executive

    I had almost 230 hours in airplanes, but I had been reading about the new Robinson R22 helicopter in the aviation magazines. I saw there was a local flight school giving training and demo rides, so I treated myself to a lesson. I drove to Austin Executive and met with the CFI-H for a demo. I had flown once before in a sightseeing helicopter, and the Robinson was much smaller. It was truly the C152 of helicopters, with barely room for two people. I sat in the right seat, the traditional pilot seat ...
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