Well, it's been almost 2 years since I last wrote in this blog. So what's been happening?
In the Summer of 2015, "D" passed his private pilot test, and soon afterwards, so did "P". And not long after that, in the late fall of 2015, I lost my job.
So for the next 4 to 5 months I flew most days, and also taught some ground school. By Christmas of 2015, I went over 1,000 hrs total time. In the spring, I had another 200 hours under my belt, when I found a consulting job, working for a start-up company in the Seattle area.
I also started working on adding multi-engine to my commercial license. I began in a Beechcraft Baron, but the instructor (and owner) had a difficult schedule, and I switched to a different school with a Beechcraft Duchess. I took my commercial ME checkride between Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017, and failed. A couple of problems, one was clearly my fault, the other I think was my instructors fault. But either way it was a failure (first ever), and now I'm about to get on the horse again and finish. Especially since I'm going to need a BFR - I prefer to get more ratings instead!
In March of 2017 I sold my Cessna 150 - to the insurance company. A spring TX hail storm broke the canopy and dented the wings and horizontal tail, and the insurance company wrote it off. Fortunately they are reselling it and I hope it will fly again.
D moved to Cincinnati OH, and tomorrow I'm flying his 172 from TX to OH, and with luck and fair weather, getting to visit the USAF museum in Dayton on Saturday.
Of course, a lot more than this has happened, Thing 1 finishes college in Arkansas next week, and Thing 2 just accepted an offer to attend college in upstate NY. Our dog died and we got 2 cats. Still have the Bonanza, thinking about adding ADS-B and a bigger display. But that's for another time.
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