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First Solo
Written by Albert Sjöberg   
Tuesday, 03 June 2008
After four aborted attempts to go solo, it has finally happened. This morning, 2nd of June 2008 at 5 to nine, I was sent on my first solo flight. Unlike with the previous four attempts, my flight was not cut short by un-seasonal rain, gusty winds beyond the crosswind limits of the aircraft, or a case of gastro. Today the weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and the wind; light variable. This appears to be code for “all the windsocks need Viagra.” None of the three windsocks at Lanseria International Airport showed any sign of movement hanging limp and impotent.
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Back in the Air Again
Written by Albert Sjöberg   
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

I finally have the means and opportunity to continue with my Private Pilots License. I decided to do the rest of my training through , Foster Aero. The primary reason is cost. They have the best rate to fly a Cessna 172. My instructor is a young man called Gustav.

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Icy Finger of fate
Written by Albert Sjöberg   
Monday, 23 July 2007

This article was mailed to me by a friend. It illustrates so many aspects of safety and complacency I believe it is essential for all pilots to read.

Socata TB20 Trinidad
The Socata TB20 Trinidad
At 11:20 AM, on a gray and overcast January morning, I took off from San Carlos airport, south of San Francisco, in a Socata TB-20 Trinidad, tail number N21AR. My destination was Boulder Municipal airport in Colorado. I had estimated about 5 to 6 hours for the flight. The night before and the morning of the flight, I logged onto DUATS for a weather briefing, and checked the aviation maps on weather.com, and both times the information seemed to indicate a tricky, but not unduly hazardous flight. There were no thunderstorms or significant meteorological impediments along the route, but several layers of clouds, combined with cold temperatures, graced most of the Sierra range and extended into central Nevada, along with another similar situation affecting the Colorado Rockies.

My route was going to be direct all the way, relying on the handheld GPS to guide me nonstop to Boulder. The Trinidad has a range of about 1000 nautical miles under no-wind conditions; the distance to Boulder was 895 miles and with a strong tailwind. After takeoff, I was pleased to see that the GPS had me arriving into Boulder in less than 4 and a half hours. I guided the Trin on course, heading straight toward the heart of the Sierra mountains. I had overflown the Sierras on numerous occasions, and with a ceiling of over 16,000 feet, I knew the Trin could overfly even the highest peaks by several hundred feet. My course was then going to take me across the full breadth of Nevada, passing by Salt Lake City, and on into the northern Rockies.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 July 2007 )
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