November 2005

Well, I was very pleased to read on MSNBC about a cab drive in California that found $350,000 worth of diamonds in the back seat of his cab and contacted the jewler that he had given a ride to and returned them!!

There are still honest pople in the world, no matter what anyone says.

Here is the full story:


Night Fall Cover

Night Fall is a book about TWA Flight 800. I know what some of you may be thinking, but read the first few lines by Nelson first:

“This is a work of fiction, based on fact: the crash of TWA Flight 800 that occurred off Long Island, New York, on July 17, 1996….”

We start with John Corey, a rough and gruff ex-NYPD hero turned contract FBI investigator, who is roped into attending the 5 year memorial of the TWA crash by his FBI wife (and crash investigator at the time of the TWA 800 crash) Kate Corey. John joins Kate and is moved by what he sees at the memorial, but more interesting, he is intrigued by the fact that the FBI takes the time to tell him to back off any investigating he may want to do.

Later, Kate asks him to “look into” the crash as she is not satisfied about the “official conclusion” that was reached in the crash. From there, the story grips you and takes you for the ride of your life with an ending that I never saw coming. I don’t really want to tell you more about the story as doing so gives up some of its great values. But if you like suspense, who-done-its, mystery and government coverups, this is a must read for you.

You may ask why I read this book – its simple. As a pilot with almost 20 years of flying under my wings, I never really accepted the “official” story about TWA Flight 800. I spent time reading about it and wondering why so many eye witnesses saw the same thing only to be told they didn’t “really” see what they thought they saw. We have many acknowledged experts in the field of accident (military and civilan) investigation that have lawsuits filed against the government (CIA, FBI, NTSB), and even more I wonder – if a spark in the center fuel tank caused the explosion, why does the government still have information classified as “Top Secret” involving this crash…?

So what do I think happened…? I am not sure, but I do not think TWA 800 was brought down by a spark in the center fuel tank.

Will we ever know what really happened to TWA Flight 800…? I don’t know, but someday someday it might be nice if we actually find the truth.

If you are interested in more information about TWA Flight 800, Please visit – you may find yourself wondering what really happened to TWA 800.

Well, I spent two hours the night before Thanksgiving flying around San Diego county shooting practice instrument approaches into Palomar Airport (KCRQ) in N8148F – a Cirrus SR22.

Up until I had broke my foot, I was flying my Cirrus (N960P), one that I had purchased part of through the fractional ownership program ran by OurPlane. However, as is their right, OurPlane decided to sell N960P and I opted not to move forward with them beyond this point. So I was told about another Cirrus available to fly, N8148F – much better shape, much newer, and much more advanced in the panel department.

Garmin GNS 430 GPS System

Garmin GNS 430 GPS System

For those that don’t know, the Cirrus has dual IFR certified Garmin GNS 430s. They are extremely powerful and useful, but like many avionics that are powerful, they can be difficult to use if you do not understand them fully or you have not flown with them in some time. Because of my broken foot, it had been some time since I had flown the 430s and to make matters more interesting, N8148F also has a complete Avidyne Entegra Flat Panel Glass Cockpit, which, of course, added to my desire to spend lots of time behind them becoming 100% familiar with their operation before I was IMC.

Avidyne Entegra (182 Kb)

Cirrus SR22 Avidyne Entegra – Click for larger image


Well folks, I am off to go flying. I need to get in three night landings to meet my night currency requirements in the Cirrus and then I am off to shoot a bunch of ILS approaches to KMYF and KCRQ and maybe KOKB for grins.

I need to spend more time behind the glass and get 10,000% comfortable with the new layout and scan pattern.

I’ll try and get some cool pictures of the panel all lit up and post them sometime soon.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Well, here we are, the day before Thanksgiving and all is well. Most people are looking forward to a much needed 4-day weekend where they will rest and relax with family and friends. Most of my friend’s kids have been off for the entire week, except those poor souls that attend Escondido Charter High School where I am a member of the board. We forced our kids to attend on Monday and Tuesday, giving them only Wed – Fri off – the parents didn’t really seem to mind too much. :-)

Since I do not have family within 2000 miles of here, my friends are my family and like years in the past, I will enjoy the time I am going to spend with them over Thanksgiving.

This time of year gives us each pause to reflect on the good things that we have to be thankful about. Our kids, family, friends, job, our church and many others. Personally I am thankful for everything that I have and everyone with whom I am close. I am blessed beyond measure with the people the Lord has put into my life, and that is what I am most thankful about.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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