Sunday January 15th, 2006|
Flew w/ Josh; Painting Disaster (possibly overstated)
Josh, a friend from church, is interested in learning to fly but he's NEVER been in a small airplane. I needed to go fly to stay current so today was Josh's day. We rented a 172 and went flying around. We overflew our church and went up to the lake and did some steep turns, stalls, etc. This is lake Lanier in the above picture.
Here's Josh's self portrait. He really dug every bit of this flight. Some people are terribly afraid of it, others don't know what to think. Josh...well...he's definately been bit by the flying bug because he thought it was pretty cool.
Josh took this little video with his digital camera (hence the quality), but you get the idea. We're landing (touch and go, actually) runway 22 at Gainsville. [1.22mb WMV] The effect of the lense makes it look like a long, low approach. It's not. It's actually pretty much a power off approach. After we touch down you can hear the wicked shimmy in the left main. The tire had a couple of flat spots where some student pilot landed with their feet on the brakes. Those flat spots have been there the last few times I've rented that airplane and I've squawked it each time but they haven't changed them. Oh well, flying today was fun even if it was in a beat up spam can...and it's even more fun sharing the experience with someone who's never flown in a light airplane today. Very fun stuff!
Anyway, when I got home I decided to spray my interior. I masked off everything that's not getting painted (this took an hour or more) and then sprayed it. Let's just say I'm not happy at all with this stuff.
Another picture. Let's just say the outcome turned my good day into a pretty crappy one. This is a gumption-busting moment, to say the least. I really did well on the other removeable parts but I did not do well at all on this stuff. The main reason is because the other parts were mostly horizontal shooting while the walls are sitting vertically. There is a very fine line between putting enough paint on the surface to make it smooth and making it run. Gravity messes everything up when painting.
As down as I am about this stuff...I will not be deterred. I will not lose my focus. I will not quit. I will finish and fly this thing if it's the last thing I do.