With Wings As Eagles: Craig P. Steffen's Blog

Foreflight on iPad: first installment

2011 July 27 07:15

Since getting my instrument rating last September, I've become interested in "electronic flight bag" solutions for charts and instrument procedures. I looked at different applications and platforms, but what I'm using at the moment is the Foreflight application on the apple iPad.

When I went looking for applications, one feature I felt was very important was the ability, when flying IFR, to switch between the IFR en-route chart and an instrument procedure and back with the minimum amount of interaction. You can do that in Foreflight with a single click in either direction.

Here's a video of me demonstrating two things on Foreflight. First, bringing up a new instrument procedure from the en-route chart, and then flipping back and forth between that procedure and the chart.

transportation differences

2011 July 18 23:21

I'm used to driving my New Beetle around. However, in our recent trip to northern Minnesota, we drove the Taurus, which is mostly my wife's car. It hauls a lot more, so it was the right car for this trip, but it was slightly odd to be driving it so much over a couple of weeks. So in commemoration of how well that trip went, here was my happy place at the wheel of the taurus:

I got to go sailing again for the first time in...what might have been over 10 years. I sailed to the island in the middle of the lake where there's a sandy beach. This view has the boat I saidled there in (with sail furled). The view is back along the route I took. My Uncle's cabin, my home base, is just around the corner of the shore where the green arrow indicates.

I can fly a Cessna 182. w00t!

2011 July 15 09:29

This entry is a test of the multi-category feature of my blog. This is an aviation entry.

In the spring and early summer of 2011 I got signed off in my club's Cessna 182, which also includes a high-performance endorsement. This means that I now have access to a nice, long-range airplane that I can fly for long trips.

hot test for alpha version 0.3ac1

2011 July 14 23:09

Here's the first test for a while with the current versions of all the scripts for the flat file blog 0.3 alpha cantidate 1.

I've spent the evening removing all the hard-coded stuff from the old stale version of the master php file and putting it into proper preamble files. This seems to have done it; the title is working properly, and the sidebar navigation. If this entry instantiates correctly, then we're ready to start using the blog again.