Home & Airspace

11/01/2013 Much Fun | Inaugural Flight | Moving

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 have planned.

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.

Screen shot from preliminary version of animation to be used in the Airspace Video and PPG Bible 4. The video should be out by about August 2014 and the book by late 2015.

2015 Jeff Goin   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!