Today I added 3.7 hours to the log book which brings the plane up to 600 hours. Today's flight was a lazy sightseeing flight with an average speed of 87 MPH.

I spent a little time seeing how low I could get my fuel burn and maintain altitude. Around 2.8 GPH is as low as I can get it without sliding out of the sky.

When I got home I upload my GPS track like I always do to review my flight. This one looks like I perhaps I had a bit too "much to drink" with all the S-turns. I find that 80 miles per hour is a nice speed for just "fooling around" and having fun. I suspect that more than one person looked up today and said "what the heck is that airplane doing?". If they only know how much fun I was having up there.

I ended the day out over the Pacific Ocean where I caught the sunset then headed back to the airport so I could get onto the ground before my light-sport airplane turned into a pumpkin (which is rumored to occur about 30 minutes after sundown.) I always get a kick out of turning on the massive runway lighting system at my home base, Santa Rosa airport - such "power" in the tip of my finger....


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Comment by Martin Pohl on August 22, 2009 at 4:32am
Hey Steve, that track looks like the Gotthard mountain pass road. You must have gotten motion sickness :-). That flight must have been fun indeed!!!

However I will try not to do the same on my today's flight from Munich to Newark ;-))))

Comment by Stephen R. Smith on August 21, 2009 at 2:38pm
I would need to double-check the data but I don' think I am doing quite 80 MPH when burning only 2.8 GPH although it should would be nice if those number went together.

Jake, you just need to stop perfecting the heck out of your plane and get it in the air! So far I am logging about 300 hours per year.

Comment by Sebastien Heintz on August 21, 2009 at 11:08am
Great post with awesome photos (and a funny looking track)!
80 mph @ 2.8 GPH is a little better than 28 miles per gallon - not bad for just loitering around...
Comment by Jake Reyna on August 21, 2009 at 11:00am
Steve, why do you continue to rip off the scab and grind salt into the wound. Ok, so it's better since it's Pacific Ocean salt, and the sunset doesn't suck ....

How may hours do you average annually?

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