Home & Airspace
11/01/2013 Much Fun |
Inaugural Flight |
The big deal today is that, as of 11am, it's officially our house.
We're on our way back after closing, hoping to do a celebratory
paramotor flight off the property tonight. We're actually going to
help the former owner move some last goodies out. Chuck and his wife
Sandy are moving to be near family in the Midwest. No doubt he's just as
happy to be on his way as we are to take on the challenge. Paramotor
pilot and, more importantly, talented custom home builder Jim Yeager
will be guiding us through the numerous additions and improvements we
One of the coolest things was that, during the pre-buy walk through,
neighbor Mike departed in his R-44. This is off to a good start.
It's also official that Tim is now the Business Manager for
FootFlyer. I have a boss. He's driving the Enterprise at the
moment while I work on the airspace video. Which brings me to the next
really cool thing.
Airspace Video Progress
It should not have been a big deal but it's taken me a while to
figure out a mildly complicated overview and what I came up with
absolutely rocks. The scene will be a reveal depicting the top of G
airspace in a fairly complicated piece of chart. It will follow a
section that covers explanation of the airspace basics and will put
these together. When I finally figured out how I was going to do it, and
animated the reveal, I was ecstatic. I'm really getting into this. I've
tossed two complete animations that just didn't have the impact I wanted
but this one has even more than I hoped.
This will also become a powerful illustration for the next PPG bible.
I'll improve the labeling for that to make it more clear and the
background will be the page. It's really satisfying to see these ideas
come to life -- as much as a well flown cloverleaf or nailed slide-on
landing. I've got a surprising number of improvements planned but should
have two years to go. With each version I think there can't possibly be
any more changes but they just keep coming up. Dennis tells me I should
just do reprints but I can't bring myself to do that. And I do enjoy
keeping it up to date anyway.
But the real power of this will be applying animation to the
airspace. It's like making a sectional chart come to life in 3-D clarity
right before your eyes--a process that will utterly demystify what the
markings mean. I've been trying a number of different methods to get
what I wanted and just last night got it to work just right. Even I
marvel at how that felt.
Back to work. There's house stuff to work on, measurements to be
made, a path to be skated on, city to be explored, first flight to be
flown at the new place, etc. Tim & I are taking a whirlwind FL tour
ending with Wings Over Winter where we'll be Fri through Sunday.