Sue had her first ride in our “new” Cessna 150K. She has flown with me on many flights, in my first Cessna 150M, and in our Beechcraft Sundowner. We enjoyed trips and overnight adventures. However, with my absence from flying for the past 8 years or so, it’s been a long time since we’ve flown together. If you subtract the years since I sold the first Cessna 150 to upgrade to the Sundowner.. then it’s been almost 20 years since either one of us has been in a two seat Cessna 150! The video was taken by Sue with her Iphone.. pretty good images. It was a very nice afternoon to fly!
It’s been 8 years since I sold the Sundowner, and basically quit flying. Since I turned 60 in March, and have fought a life-threatening illness since November, 2017… I figured it was time to “GO FLY!” So, I began to look for a plane, preferably something simple, inexpensive, and suited for what I expect to use it for. Those “long trips” with extra seats, well.. that turned out to be only an occasional value. Most of what I want to do is “local flying”, and basically short flights to lunch, or overnight to places like Half Moon Bay, Harris Ranch, or Columbia.
Just something to not break the bank, and even though we could afford much more airplane, there is no need. I loved my years having a Cessna 150. Maybe a Citabria or similar, as those were better flying machines. But fabric and outside storage would be unkind to the airplane. So, I “BY LUCK” found a 1970 Cessna 150K in excellent condition with relatively low hours, and everything maintenance wise done (propeller, new radio, new cylinder, good paint and windows….). So we whipped out the bank book and paid cash to a seller who sold his “baby” so he could get into an Van’s RV-6.
Since buying, I have been extremely happy. The airport has always been a haven of fantasy, wonder, and sanity, a magical place in this crazy world.
As far as my health, I am recovering nicely… and luckily it has not restricted my medical. Having an airplane is good for the soul, and your health!
The attitude indicator on the Cessna failed. It is likely original to the plane, so that’s 48 years. The overhaul shop cannot repair it as there are no parts available for this vintage “paperweight”. So, we called Rudy’s in Arkansas and they shipped out a replacement Edo-Air. Looks nice. Waiting to have it installed in the plane. I am getting new panel shock mounts from Brian… I had replaced those before on my first Cessna, the 1975 M model. Panel trim has also been ordered and should arrive in a couple weeks.
Kealy is almost 17 weeks old (November 1st), and today went to his second “puppy school” lesson. He was introduced to the proper way to walk on a leash. Amazingly, food works very well in training a Golden Retriever puppy. Here is a picture of Kealy in the backyard between our rain storms, with Riley. Of course, Riley is enjoying a new chew toy that Sue bought for Kealy.
We are getting a new puppy! He is “Red Boy”, which is the color label he is wearing amongst his litter-mates. His brothers are “Blue Boy” and “Green Boy”, and the sisters are “Pink Girl”, “Purple Girl”, and “Orange Girl”. The pup’s are color coded with collars to assist the breeder raising them to track one from the other. Our “Red Boy” will be taking on his AKC Offical name of “Argus’ Celebration Firecracker Red”, aka “Kealy”. So “Kealy” is his “call name” and the former is his official registration name. The theme of this litter is “Celebration”, since they were born on July 5th, and the breeder chose this due to the “celebration” of the July holiday.
“Kealy” is Irish for “Handsome”, …and this boy sure is all of that! He comes from a long line of “show quality” Golden Retrievers. The sire is CH Masters Top Hat ‘N Tails (Fred) and the dam is Argus’ Caribbean Rose O’er Derby (Derby).
This has been a much anticipated arrival. We have followed via FB and emails the arrival and 8 week growth of these beautiful pups, to include two visits to the breeder’s home. The breeder is Laura Finco, from whom we got our beloved Riley over 12 years ago. In fact, Riley is the “great uncle” of Kealy!
We are anticipating picking up this beautiful puppy over the Labor Day weekend.