Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeane. Guess where I live? And I lived through them all. I hope that is the end for a while, the little home wreckers. Many airport around are a wreck here in central Fl.. The cape is really a mess, www.wesh.com and www.wftv.com have coverage and pics if you want.
Any way, how have you all been? I've been a little preoccupied lately. One thing I can tell you is the NWS needs to update their method of predicting the path of hurricanes. Whatever model the rely on was wrong except for the last couple of hours before landfall. I did a better job myself predicting where they would go by using the training I got in flight school. I found that nogaps is the best weather prediction model you can find on the internet. One of the quickest ways to find weather information pertinent to flying (for those that don't know) is aviationweather.noaa.gov .
Maybe after I dig up the $2600 deductible I need to fix my house (that's if I don't get hit with it 2 times for multiple storms) I might have some money this year to go for a little flight (if I can find an undamaged plane). In the mean time my power stayed on this storm so I could do another couple of legs of my around the world sim tour. I started in Tokyo japan around this time last year and have cris-crossed westward through all the continents touching most major and minor cities along the way. For most of the flights I've been using a Piper Cherokee downloaded from flightsim.com (thank the maker), a very pleasant plane to fly. Currently I'm at Grand Canyon National Park headed for Salt Lake city. I suppose it will take a couple more months before I get back to Tokyo. I plan to go from Salt Lake down to LAX then up through Alaska and into Russia, then from there heading south through China and Korea before finally stopping in Japan. It's been interesting seeing the various sceneries people have put together and I thank all you hard working designers. One thing that has bothered my though is that FSNav will show a mountain range with a max 7600 elevation but if you try flying over it the true elevation is more like 12000 because the program doesn't add the base elevation of 5000 ft. and the naturally aspirated Cherokee is slow to get above 10000ft. I haven't looked it up but I think it's ceiling is 14000ft., someone can tell me I'm sure.
This is Bob "hunkering down" in Hurricane Central Fl. saying hello again.