CATCHING UP: “DREAMTEAM”, HOLE STYLE Yep, it doesn’t happen often, Scotty and I working The Hole together. But it hapenned recently, twice in a couple days! FMN Tower didn’t know what to make of it, hearing our alternating voices and all. It’s that rare. At first I had Scotty sit with me just so he could take it from me, didn’t really need the help. But then it exploded, rock & roll as they say.
TOWER FILLS A VOID Apparently FMN Tower has found a replacement for its departing controller. They let me know that they’ll train the ex-PATCO guy appropriately, including my crack on french fry making.
RARE PLANE ALMOST MAKES TYPE EVEN RARER Our buds down in FMN had to wipe off some sweat and clean some underwear after a fairly rare airplane about dumped it on landing, and then again on takeoff. There’s only 4 left of this type they say, darn near 3. I won’t get into the specifics of what kind it was, but I’d never seen one before in person or on freq.
HOLE SURVEYED FROM ABOVE BY…WELL, ME In a recent trip, I had to fly through large parts of The Hole, got a new perspective on it. The first leg was at night between Grand Junction and Page. You don’t know how appropriate the name is until you fly it at night. The darkest darkness I’d ever seen. Those little flickering lights at Cal Black might as well been ships on an empty sea. On the way back, during the day, I flew over Kayenta, Four Corners monument, and landed at Durango. Met some great guys there at Starbase, an FBO in Durango. I’d been to Farmington already, I actually wanted to buy gas I could afford, so going there was out of the question – good restaurant or not.
MEETING OUR CUSTOMERS, PT DEUX First it was Sedona Scott, now one of our oldest (not in age) and more regular customers, Payson Bob, flew into BJC lately and we met up. Yep, that plane is as nice as he described, if not better. One of these days I was going to fly down his way (escape from in-laws), but now they moved away from where he lives. Mixed feelings on that, no excuse to head that way anymore, but now they’re further away! (..that comment’s gonna cost me)
HOLE MOVING RUMORS Well, I know before I said The Hole was supposed to be closed and swallowed up into the area in which it resides. Now the story is, and it’s in writing apparently, that another area altogether will get the two sectors that make up The Hole. That’s right, people who’ve never worked that airspace will assume it. While it can be an occasional shade tree, it sure ain’t for beginners, which this new area would be chock full of. Considering I’d probably follow The Hole to that area, I should amend that. These guys are true professionals and should make for an easy transition. It would be my (in reality, their) honor to work with them (me). Seriously though, that area works the mountain airports north of The Hole. Fairly complicated low altitude stuff, no wonder they lead the nation (ok, the facility) in errors. Sounds right up my alley, I’d love to work that airspace. Low altitude? I’ll take it all. My request to transfer will be done before the ink is dry on the official approval of the moving of The Hole.