Nice View

From the Woodland Hills Country Club balcony.

Looking west-ish, probably more like northwest.

Really expensive houses on the left, Warner Center on the right.

Somewhere over to the left of center, just shy of the the mountains, down in the flatlands where the “cheaper” houses are, is us.

Pity I don’t play golf, it was nice here. Probably not worth joining just to eat dinner there every now and then.

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Someplace Special – November 16th

Houses of Parliament, London

(Life is all physics, even psychology. All ups and downs, like a roller coaster, the amplitude and frequency varying, but as you input energy the amplitude increases and the frequency decreases, the highs higher, the lows lower, the peaks and valleys coming at you like light posts next to the freeway as you approach Mach One.)

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Since the picture yesterday was popular, here are more from one of the P-51’s flights last Saturday. Yanking it around on short final, touchdown, and taxiing up to the crowd to show off.

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Coming & Going

That feeling when you didn’t get out of the office until just before 21:00 and by the time you get home and eat dinner and breathe for a few minutes you suddenly finding yourself saying, “Shit, it’s 23:30 already??!!”

This is why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this month!

Here’s another shot from Camarillo this last Saturday. Our P-51 was taxiing in from a ride, while behind it our yellow SNJ was taking off for one.

Both aircraft are a joy to take a ride in – for a very reasonable price, I can arrange that if you’re in the Southern California area. (Seriously! Shameless plug and all of that. We sell rides, I’m the finance officer, and we can always use the revenue. And it really is a great ride.)

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Cessna 195b

In addition to all of the other birds at Camarillo this weekend, this one rolled by on the taxiway.

It’s a 1952 Cessna 195b, one of the only radial engine planes that Cessna built after WWII.

Not quite as pretty to my eye as a Beech Staggerwing (if anyone out there wins the lottery and wants me to smile just a TON, I would take a Staggerwing in a heartbeat!) this is nevertheless a very good looking aircraft.

In this closest picture, I noticed the aircraft’s name up by the nose – “Patience.” I was surprised to see in researching the aircraft that it had a very impressive speed capability, cruising at 170 mph with a max speed of 178 mph and a service ceiling of 18,300 feet. Given that a “modern” Cessna 172 cruises at 140 mph with a service ceiling of 14,000 feet, that’s outstanding performance!

A guy can dream…

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Hawk & Crow

There was aerial combat over Camarillo Airport yesterday – but no airshow. This wasn’t simulated, it was as real as it gets.

The crow will gladly feast on hawk eggs, given the chance.

The hawk will gladly feast on crow, given the chance.

The crow has a bit of a size advantage, the hawk the advantage in speed, maneuverability, and weaponry.

But while you’ll occasionally see hawks in pairs, crows tend to mob hawks, three or four or as many as a dozen at a time.

Yesterday, at about 800′ above CMA (out of the landing pattern, fortunately for the big metal birds that could ruin everyone’s day) it was a draw.

The crow flew off (for now) and the hawk went back to looking for mice and rats (for now).

The battles will continue.

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No Context For You – November 11th

Focus, or the lack of it, affects our perception of reality so profoundly. That’s true both in strictly visual and graphic terms and in much more philosophical and motivational terms.

Focus is often desired, often required – but not always required. Or desired.

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