Thursday, November 23, 2023


 Got the plane ceramic coated.  I love the white bottom look but the downside is that it shows every bit a grease, exhaust and oil that comes out the augmenter tubes.  The ceramic makes it much easier to wipe down and protects the paint for at least 5 years or so.  Looks good!

Friday, November 17, 2023


 Did a Flying Semaritans trip down to Baja with the mother lode chapter and brought my older boy along. We took a dentist and a volunteer interpreter and had a great time.  It's always a little nerve wracking going into Mexico because of all the paper work involved, but it mostly went smoothly.  At some point I'll do a detailed write up on all the steps involved if only for myself as I always seem to forget.

Monday, October 2, 2023

San Diego

 One reason I bought the TwinBo was to have enough room for everything when doing family trips.  We go down to San Diego once or twice a year and with the four of us, a small suitcase each, a boogie board and a surf board, some bags of groceries, drinks and snacks even the big beast ends up pretty full.  The concern is often how we're going to fit it into the rental car at the other end.  We had some weird weather on the way down but very pretty.  It ended up being an IFR approach and then we woke up to rain.  That's pretty unusual for California in September!

Friday, July 28, 2023


This year I made my 3rd pilgrimage to Oshkosh.  Last time was in my Baron and a Meridian geared it up in front of me, so they shut the airport and after circling for 45 mins I ended up landing at Fond Du Lac so missed out on actually landing at OSH.  This year I went with the Tbone crew and camped so I got to do the Warbird arrival with 4 other planes in a 5 ship arrival and then setup a deluxe camp for the full experience.  I went with my buddy Joe and we met up with friend and fellow Tbone owner Martin who flew his own Tbone.  We had a blast.  It was a lot of flying but well worth it.  Logged 21 hrs of flying in 4 days without a squawk!  Not bad for a 60 year old machine.  

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Wing bling

Decided to bling up the wing a bit and chrome the landing light lens frames. Gregg Cadieux had some spare frames so rather than wait to have mine done he did his for me and sent them over to exchange with mine. They look great. I was a bit concerned the different frames mightn't line up with the screw holes perfectly but they did. Amazing the precision the Beechcraft craftsman achieved 60 years ago.

Here's what the painted frame looks like

Here is the chromed lens frame

For good measure I decided to also see what I could do to improve the old magnesium trim wheel

It was a pain in the butt to get that anchor screw out but once I did the wheel came right off and I replaced the old wheel with the bling version.