Back in the Air – Finally

It’s been a long wait, but having the wings rebuilt on an antique airplane, like my 1946 Ercoupe, takes a long time. The shop that recovered the wings did an incredible job and I am confident the “new” wings are better than when they first flew – back on August 16, 1946. The original wings were not anti-corrosion coated – these now are. Modern fabric (Ceconite was used on this project) and coatings are better, because of technology, than they were waaaaay back then.

So, this morning, I was able to leave work (I’ve got an understanding boss when it comes to flying ;)) and head to the airport. The weather was not conducive to flying to a destination – cloudy, low ceilings and slightly “bumpy.” But the ceiling was high enough to safely fly in the local area and do a series of takeoffs and landings (TOLs).

The first flight after any reconstruction and an annual inspection (which was completed when the wings were done) is akin to being a test-pilot flight. So, a test pilot I was. First a thorough pre-flight inspection was in order – which we do EVERY TIME we fly. Then I did one lap around the pattern, flying for less than 10 minutes, and landed. That was followed by another thorough pre-flight inspection – checking for leaks, looseness in any fittings and anything out of the ordinary. Everything was perfect. Yayyy! So back up I went…and flew for about an hour. I did more TOLs and some local flying with basic maneuvers – all the while staying within “gliding distance” of the airport. I am confident the job was done correctly (I monitored the steps of the process) and the plane has been flight tested, so I am eagerly awaiting good flying weather to go chase that $100 hamburger.

Oh yes, not only do the wings look new, but I can tell a difference in the handling of the airplane. It responds better in slow flight – the technical reason being too involved for this post. (Now I need to find some pictures.

Resigned as Moderator at ABestWeb Affiliate Marketing Forum

As a follow up to my opening post –It’s about time…to move on…to here* – I realized I needed to let go of something to gain some “free time.” In examining priorities I had to consider where my time might best be spent, so on Tuesday I resigned my Moderator position at ABestWeb (ABW) the large marketing forum where I’ve been active for the last six years.

At one time ABW was once considered the “standard” in the affiliate marketing industry. However, as with most forums today, ABW is faced with a serious decline in “serious” activity because of the dilution of social media (industry blogs, Facebook and, yes, even twitter.) Figured I might as well start my own blog – about my affiliate marketing experiences over the years. Then I can at least monetize some of my rants…that I would normally be posting in forums – and, in effect, “giving” my narrative to them to monetize. No “sour grapes” about my time being a Mod at ABW, and I do plan to remain (somewhat) active there – as a plain ol’ member – as long as the current leadership does not undergo drastic changes.

Narrative is what brings people to a website. I figure I have some experiences to share – that someone may find either interesting or useful. Life experiences (yeah, I have been around a while – let’s just say I recently celebrated the 30-something anniversary of a 30-something birthday), job experiences (from when I had a day j*b), and even online marketing experiences. The fun part of life experiences and the affiliate marketing experiences should provide a few narrative opportunities.

* I imagine that opening post will eventually become the “About” page.

It’s about time…to move on…to here

It’s time for me to re-align some priorities. I need to take more time to have fun.

Last Friday I was having fun mowing the yard at our beach home. I was having a good time – the day was ideal – so I even cut our neighbor’s entire yard. The yards always looks so nice when freshly mowed. Now that’s not a real big deal – compared to what some of you may mow (or not) – but I realized I need to be outdoors more. We’re not getting any younger and I don’t want to see the world go by – only at 1366 x 768 pixels on this ol’ Sony. So I decided to resign from one of my volunteer activities, one which involved several hours per week, every week. My new-found free time will be put to good use – for ME.

Yep, that’s me in the header picture, but that’s not my airplane. That AT-6 “Texan” was a World War II fighter trainer – and costs waaay too much to rent, fly and maintain. For my R&R in the sky I have a “less expensive” antique airplane, a 1946 Ercoupe (pictured below).

Ercoupe Takeoff
Ercoupe taking off from Runway 28 at Harford County Airport (0W3) in Maryland.

I am occasionally asked if an airplane as old as mine is safe to fly. My answer is usually a question, “How do you think it got to be this old?”