Friday, May 31, 2013

Quick Tip from Kristen Howe's

I do try to practice living in the I may have to try this.

Quick Tip  from Kristen Howe's

Being present in the moment is one of the most powerful things you can ever do.

Being present NOW – releases you from judgment and frees you to truly connect and experience and manifest the experience in this life that you desire. This takes awareness before it becomes habitual.

Try this…As you go throughout your day, set an alarm on your phone – I suggest every hour – let’s call this the ‘Get present in the NOW Alarm’ – when the alarm goes off, all you do is focus on the moment. Bring your mind and attention to the moment. Don’t judge yourself if you were off in your mind somewhere else, gently bring yourself to NOW.

Ask yourself, “what can I notice about right now that I appreciate?”

Try using the ‘Get present in the NOW Alarm’ for 30 days and you will be amazed and how much more present you become. And when you are present, you are able to be in a peaceful state of awareness and positive receiving.

Flying from Mt. Everest - The Mission - World Record BASE Jump

Lark Harkens: Reproduction of World's First Airliner Coming to Oshkosh

Cool plane...

Lark Harkens: Reproduction of World's First Airliner Coming to Oshkosh

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chevrolet to Offer Most Powerful Corvette Engine Ever | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Chevrolet to Offer Most Powerful Corvette Engine Ever | Specialty Equipment Market Association

What are the most common boat claims ?

There are a few claims that keep popping up.  One marine insurance claim department I contacted felt that about 80 percent of their claims are the result of hitting a submerged object.

Think about it.  The more storms there are, the more rivers that flood, the more stuff is floating in the water and under the surface. Submerged objects will result in damage to lower units, propellers, keels, and hulls.  Sometimes sinking does occur. If you think or know you hit something, make sure you check bilge area and monitor the bilge regularly to make sure there is not any damage that could result in submersion or, in other words…sinking.

Using information from marine insurance claim departments and organizations like Boat US, a few of the other common claims I discovered are:

Theft of assorted boat equipment and parts (portable or permanent).  Items like out drives, electronics, outboard motors, and trailers are some of the most popular parts.  Leaving the trailer unattended in the parking lot or the cockpit uncovered is an invitation for a thief.  Check your policy, many do not cover items stolen from your boat unless it was permanently attached or in a locked compartment. 

Grand theft boat.  Snatching the whole boat is another big claim.  While there are cases of theft from a slip or mooring, trailer-based boats are the ones that are usually turned in on a claim. Boats, like cars, are often stripped and the parts sold a piece at a time.  Remember the phrase “the sum of the parts is worth more than whole” well that’s true with boat parts.  Plus if you take all the parts off the boat, the parts are harder to track down. 

Collision claims.  Collisions with anything are bad.  Collisions with pilings, docks, and other boats can be deadly.  Collisions are not the same as hitting submerged items. Collisions are just that, colliding with something else either moving (another boat) or stationary (like a dock).  You can help stop collisions by watching where you are going, learn the rules of the area and use your charts.

Grounding or running aground.  Most claims departments indicate that often more damage is caused by trying to accelerate through the sand, mud or rocks than by just stopping and waiting for help.  Using a tow service or an alternative method to get unstuck like air bags, reduces the risk for further damage. . 

Now is a good time to repeat - carry up-to-date marine charts and plan your cruising routes to avoid accidental grounding.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gynkhana Five

very cool
This will fast become a Bay Area favorite to watch as a 650 hp Ford Fiesta races, spins and jumps through some of San Francisco's toughest streets in and out of street cars and ends up on a large barge in the Bay going under the Bridge. It's a Ford promo driven by one of the best drivers ever for this type of racing. You will NOT believe what this guy is capable of in SF. You will recognize the landmarks as he zips by, spinning circles and getting great "air" over the steep hills of the city. Just a real fun video to watch for those familiar with SF.  


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The NOAA BookletChart™ is a product that you can print at home for free.

The NOAA BookletChart™ is a product that you can print at home for free. BookletCharts are made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.

The BookletChart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart. Bar scales are also reduced in scale, but are accurate when used to measure distances in a BookletChart. Excerpts from the United States Coast Pilot are included. Most chart notes are consolidated on a single page for easy reference. Emergency information for the charted area is printed on the back cover.

BookletCharts are updated every week with Notices to Mariners.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Dusty Crophopper will be on display and fly throughout week at Oshkosh
EAA AVIATION CENTER, Oshkosh, Wis. – (May 21, 2013) – The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. “Disney’s Planes” captures all of the thrill and excitement that flying has to offer—plus a lot of heart and humor.
For thousands of air-show attendees, the movie will jump to life with Dusty’s flying performance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 29-August 4 and other select air shows across the country. Dusty will show off his talents, communicate with the crowd and be accompanied by an exclusive and uplifting Disney musical score during his flying demonstrations on July 29, July 31, and August 2.
In addition, the movie will come to life with a colorful interactive display at Oshkosh that will be loaded with activities. The display, which is a great attraction for children and adults alike, will be located just north of the AirVenture control tower and feature stickers, tattoos, coloring sheets and more featuring all of the characters from “Disney’s Planes.”
The owner and pilot of the aircraft tapped to play the role of Dusty in the air show performances is Texas-based aerial applicator Rusty Lindeman, who customized one of his own Air Tractor AT-301 airplanes to match Dusty’s paint scheme and features. Manufactured in Olney, Texas, Air Tractor aircraft are used for agricultural spraying, seeding and fertilizing, plus forestry protection, fire fighting and more in the U.S. and more than 30 countries around the world. “We’re happy to help bring Dusty to life for the performances and hope that the audience will have fun and learn a bit more about the importance of aerial application in modern agriculture,” said Air Tractor’s Kristin Edwards.
Air Tractor's founder, Leland Snow, designed, built and flew his own purpose-built crop duster in 1953 and devoted his career to designing bigger and better aircraft for aerial application.
From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. Featuring a talented roster of voice talent, including Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more, “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. For more information, check out, like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter:
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Monday, May 20, 2013

User Fees In New Zealand: $1 Per Touch-And-Go And Rising

 I hope our government doesn't get any ideas from this. Reprinted form Avweb.

A trip around the patch at a controlled airport in New Zealand will soon carry a $1 NZD charge under a user fee schedule announced by the Airways Corporation of New Zealand, the "state-owned enterprise" that runs the country's airspace system. By 2015, however, that same touch and go will cost $3.55 NZD as will transiting controlled airspace and something called a "vicinity landing" that is not defined in the Airways announcement of the fees. Fees for airliners will increase an overall 15.7 percent over the next three years.

The new fee schedule was finalized after six months of consultation with stakeholders and the airlines appeared to make their case especially well. "As a consequence of the high quality of customer submissions, we have revised Airways' price increase from the 23 percent proposed in February to 15.7 percent over the three years of the pricing period," the company said in its release. GA, however, is losing a discount system that presumably benefited big users of the system.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Swan Love!

Swan mistakes helicopter for soulmate

A swan in the U.K. has taken an interest in a bird of a different feather -- a Eurocopter EC155. The swan would fly to visit the helicopter during landing at the Jersey Airport in the U.K., which caused the pilot to become concerned about bird strikes. "It seems that the swan fell in love with the helicopter, and as romantic as this may seem, it did create a potential hazard and so its wings were clipped," said a Jersey Airport spokesman. The Daily Mail (London)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dry Case Back Pack

Want your stuff to stay dry?
If you travel or carry anything on a bike, in a plane or on a boat, look at a Dry Case Backpack.  I've got one and it works great.  Holds more stuff than I can carry and keeps it dry.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Despicablimp -- a new blimp traveling the U.S. to promote the new animated movie "Despicable Me 2"

Jim and Matt

Allan Judd, pilot of the Despicablimp -- a new blimp traveling the U.S. to promote the new animated movie "Despicable Me 2" -- said flying it was like piloting a submarine.

Reprinted from and AOPA Aviation eBrief.

For more go to

Gift idea

Okay, its not really an aircraft product or even a motorcycle product,  but it is a skull covered purse which gives it an edgy look.

Skull Studded Pleated Black Handbag

List price - $74.95

Your price $35.00 plus shipping

Other colors – Orange, pink, fuchsia, beige and black
Call us to order.

New office motorcycle

Just got a new motorcycle for the office.

Okay, maybe I'll have to ride it around the circle drive for awhile too, but it will be a great addition to our display window.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spy Shots—C7 Corvette Pace Car Caught Testing | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Spy Shots—C7 Corvette Pace Car Caught Testing | Specialty Equipment Market Association




First public U.S. flights will be in Oshkosh

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (May 2, 2013) — Yves “Jetman” Rossy, the world’s first jet-powered man, will make his first public U.S. flights this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, showcasing the cutting edge of human flight at The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration on July 29-August 4.

The U.S. flights are supported by Jetman’s sponsor, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling. Complete details on the AirVenture flight schedule will be announced as it is finalized. Along with the appearance at Oshkosh, Jetman will fly in the U.S. at the Reno Air Races in September.

“We have eagerly followed and supported Jetman’s progress and success for several years,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “He has already been featured as our cover story in EAA Sport Aviation magazine (March 2011), so to welcome him here this summer is an exciting first and part of the unique flying world you’ll see only at Oshkosh.”

The American tour follows Jetman’s successful private flight over the Grand Canyon in 2011 and numerous demonstrations in Europe. EAA assisted Rossy with the paperwork to make the U.S. flights possible.

“I am excited to share my project with fellow enthusiasts and be a part of aviation’s biggest gathering in the world,” Rossy said from his home in Switzerland. “EAA helped me secure the experimental exhibition special airworthiness certificate for my jetwing. It will be a privilege to attend Oshkosh and demonstrate how experimental projects can push forward the boundaries of flight.”

Using a carbon-Kevlar jetwing with four engines, each of which capable of a 22-kilogram thrust, the Swiss aviator is able to propel himself through the sky at upward of 150 mph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand. The rest of the controls are left to the human fuselage - Rossy himself - who simply uses his shoulders, body, and legs to steer, pitch, and descend. This forward-thinking technology has allowed Rossy to achieve many outstanding feats since 2008, including soaring above Rio de Janeiro, completing aerobatics from the Breitling Orbiter balloon, crossing the English Channel and flying in formation with various Breitling jets, warbirds and passenger aircraft.

For Breitling, a watch brand synonymous with aviation, both the Oshkosh and Reno events are a natural fit to celebrate the past, present, and future world of flight. The watch manufacturer joined Jetman as his main sponsor in 2010 and allowed him to achieve many aviation firsts.

“Breitling is honored to bring Jetman back to the United States,” said Breitling U.S.A. President Thierry Prissert. “His aerobatic feats exemplify the spirit of aviation, and his never-ending dedication to air exploration enhances each event in which he performs. Jetman in flight is truly incredible and something everyone should see for themselves.”

Jetman’s flights will be part of AirVenture’s air shows during the week. EAA AirVenture air shows are presented by Rockwell Collins.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Uncrating and Field Assembly of a P-47

This takes a while but is a neat video. On a side note I have a VCR tape of the original B24 training film.  That's another long slow but very interesting film.

Save this one for a rainy day viewing (40 minutes).

This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 fighter in a farm field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle pumps. You'll get a unique look at the inner workings of the Big Jug as it is bolted together. Then a pilot jumps in and flies it away! A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike.


Chicago plays again at Oshkosh!




Kickoff for World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration presented by Ford Motor Company

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (May 1, 2013) — One of the music world’s legendary bands will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, as Chicago will take the stage on Monday, July 29, for the event’s popular opening-night concert.
The concert, presented by Ford Motor Company, is free to all AirVenture attendees that day and will be held on Phillips 66 Plaza immediately following the July 29 afternoon air show.

“Those who were here for the opening-night concert in 2010 remember a picture-perfect summer evening in Oshkosh with Chicago playing hit after hit in front of thousands of people,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “Chicago was one of the best-attended opening-night concerts we’ve ever had at AirVenture, so we’re very pleased to work with Ford Motor Company to welcome this legendary band back to Oshkosh this year.”
Over 40-plus years of recording, Chicago has attracted multiple generations of fans. Led by founding members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walt Parazaider, Chicago jazz-infused “rock ’n roll band with horns” sound has created hits in six different decades. That includes such classics as “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “If You Leave Me Now”, and “Hard To Say I’m Sorry.” In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Chicago, with 47 gold and platinum awards, as Number 13 on its Top 100 Artists of All Time.

“Ford is proud to be the sole automotive partner with EAA for more than a decade and pleased to enhance the experience for everyone attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said Kevin Keling, North America Corporate Events Manager for Ford Motor Company.  “Chicago performed a great show in 2010 and we’re excited they will return for this year’s opening-night concert to start a sensational week at aviation’s annual reunion in Oshkosh.”

In March 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best of Chicago, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Catalog and Digital Catalog charts, making them the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. More information about Chicago is available at the band’s website, as well as at its Facebook and Twitter sites.

The opening-night concert at EAA AirVenture is just one of a variety of family attractions and entertainment that are part of event. These added activities, ranging from night air shows to entertainment, are nearly all included with AirVenture admission. They are in addition to the hundreds of aviation forums and workshops, special presentations, and aviation exhibits available at Oshkosh.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at