High In The Sky (the sequel)

Do you remember Becky “I promise not to scream…EEEEEEk?!?

Becky and Joe

Becky and Joe

of our ‘HIGH IN THE SKY‘ let’s-learn-to-fly-heli’s video series from last summer? (See the VIDEO HERE) Well, her &  Joe, “PhunBobby”, and I ~ went up in the Spokane Airways 172 for quite the little flight-reunion of sorts. I had recently gotten licensed and Becky was there through proxy, curious and learning right along… Call it “the big get-even” I guess, as she was the one to embarrass me in front of all the rock listeners when we found out I could fly an airplane solo to Missoula no problem, but when it came to hovering a helicopter; I could barely keep us from dancing an aerobatic slow-waltz for more than a minute or so. :P

Safety is #1 on the list. So, when i felt the 30mph gusts buffeting my car ~ I wasn’t even sure we’d be removing the tie-downs, let alone piling four people into the 1500lb aircraft and departing for the hazy azure colored smoke-filled sky.

captain Gee-off

captain Gee-off

Luckily, we had some weather smarts, planning this venture for later in the day, giving mother nature a chance to relax… As the Pilot-In-Command,  passenger comfort is #2 on that list. My instructor, Dave Du4,  just happened to be working this day, and happily looked over my paperwork. The biggest concern; besides the winds, were the four passengers in our 4-seat plane.  What if someone had “fudged” their weight a few pounds? Or had a 60lb camera? Dave made sure I knew the density altitude of our 2,475′ above-sea-level airport that day was 5,600′ and the Runway only 6,400′ long.

Spokane International

Spokane International

So, I added a “fudge” factor, determining we may be as little as 30lbs of max. So~ we removed some fuel. Now I had 80lbs to “play with”. Dave was satisfied with this, giving “thumbs-up” as we all slithered onto the 109-degree tarmac for pre-flight.

Hot, isn’t the word- It was a freakin’ oven in that plane, with one window~ about the size of a microwave.  I warned about “the bumps” assuring them we’d return shortly if things weren’t comfortable. We’d also scrapped plans for “touch & goes” at Deer Park simply not enough runway available, and instead, fly for “pleasure” over lake Coeur D’Alene.

Looking below it seemed everybody was out that evening! From numerous boats (looking like white caps on the lake), to the sold-out game at Avista stadium, races at Stateline & Spokane speedways,

'Lake City' ...invaded by tents

'Lake City' ...invaded by tents

to the small “tent-city”  on Sherman Ave “Art On The Green”… (PICS POSTED IN ‘FLYBOY2′ ALBUM)

the 'after' shot ~ no puke stains, see?

no puke stains, see?

Returning, we found the “big airport” through the haze of some thick BC Forrest-fire smoke, made a rather UN-eventful 12kt crosswind landing, commented to the ground-crew how we never did find any of those ’727 shaking’ bumps reported; Just happiness, smooth air, and the most beautiful summer’s sky one could hope to fly. “Go see Dave”, I said, and “get those wings, Becky!” …when she finished screaming, that is…  in pure delight of flight.

-=Gs=-

Posted on August 4, 2009 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment

Fight Cabin Fever!

This week Sno-Meggedon (sm) SEEMS to have taken a breather, so; Here are some simple diversions to help you stave off cabin fever for yet another week, and gets me caught up alittle:Shock2009finalists

  1. Spokane Shock Dance finals … see who competed, and get the “full report” with photos, ofocarse! Thanks for attending this record event.
  2. 2008 WEATHER YEAR-IN-REVIEW… I was right about the Tornadoes, (this year will be a hurricane year, unfortunately) Wrong about California’s “first Typhoon” (but it was close) and global warming continues.. just NOT here.Tornadoes-2008
  3. HELL’S BELLE’S pics are FINALLY posted on the Rock945.com website!
  4. My latest video project, the 2009 WA STATE PILOT’S video has finaly been approved and posted on my personal videos page. Enjoy! *and think about the wonderful year of flying it took to make that with those awesome local pilots.

Disclamier: I , on the other hand, am just a student pilot and am NOT a certificated forecaster nor climatoligist. I study trends and observe long range patterns as a hobby. Do NOT take my word as any “official” prediction. Just a “gentleman’s handshake” and, just co-incedentally have a fairly good track record. **Always check with NOAA, the National Weather Service or other offical source for official climate data and resources.

-=Gs=-

Posted on January 15, 2009 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment

I’ll say

I’ll say it, because nobody else will… but CONGRATS to ROCK 94.5 on a third nomination as ACTIVE ROCK RADIO STATION (med/lg mkt) of the year, and thank you to the RADIO & RECORDS people for taking the time to notice! We aint done yet.

Tenth annv coming up next month and they have me squirreled away in the production closet behind the steel curtain piling up all kinds of fond memories and assorted mayhem from our DECADE OF DECADENCE, and I’ve got to get back to working on that now…. for it is late, and I can’t spell for beans at this time of the mornin’ so please don’t spell-check me.

On a bright note, congrats to the proud ARMY sargent formally known as our very own Crew-Cheif Mike, and enjoy your R&R while in town- hope we can hook up~! On the other hand, I lost a very dear friend over the weekend in a tragic, almost comical, industrial accident (involving duct tape, and a bubble-wrapping machine). You will be very missed and in our hearts and days. Take care, untill we wrap again.

-=Gs=-

Posted on October 6, 2008 | Posted by Geoff Scott | Comment