On national TV

September 30, 2008

This morning I went on national TV for the first time in my life – quite an exiting experience. Naturally I had my concerns last night before I vent to sleep, but with a hectic morning, most of the stress and fear went away.

I was on the morning show at TV2, one of the most viewed programs in Denmark, and together with Anders Hjort from The Danish Electricity Savings Trust, we showed the new Web portal My Home. My Home is a web portal for home energy savings, and home automation, we have made at Hello Group over the past year. A very big project containing everything from automatic online power meter readings, to savings advice, a full scale floor plan drawing program, and integration with real live home automation, where you can monitor and control your home appliances at the touch of a button on your computer or cell phone.
As the show was live there was little room for mistake and screw-ups, and even thou we did experience some technical difficulties during the live run. Everything went well and the light turned on in my apartment (we had live broadcast from my living room directly available in the TV studio).

All in all a nice experience and something I believe will make me stronger for future presentations. I have always admired the people on the show, where its obvious its there first time on TV, and have had the mantra that if I could appear on national TV, without making a complete fool of my self, I thing I can do anything.

Judge for your self.


Bådpladser sælges – EGEN BÅDPLADS I KØBENHAVN

August 21, 2008

Vi er i gang med at opføre 24 bådpladser i Københavns Sydhavn.

Der kan ligge både op til 10 meter i længden (30 fod), og alle pladser kan efterfølgende sælges i fri handel, f.eks. sammen med lejlighed.

Læs mere på Sejlklubben Teglholmens hjemmeside www.skth.dk eller ring/skriv til mig.

 

 

 


Who controls your economic future?

March 20, 2008

Well, I think the below screen dumps tell their own story!

They actually has full SQL statements in the print out.

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Meteorology

October 1, 2007

Is that a cumulonimbus, a nimbostratus, or just a cloud that looks like a sheep! The art of meteorology is tricky, and the questions hard! Take for instance this fairly easy question:

Select the statement that is most representative of a land and sea breeze in the UK:
A – The surface wind is likely to be on shore during the night
B – The surface wind is likely to be on shore during the day
C – By day the 1000 feet wind is likely to flow parallel to the coast line
D – By night the 1000 feet wind is likely to flow parallel to the coast line

The right answer is: B

I have been restudying meteorology the last four days, and today I felt ready for the exam, and I passed it with 95% – just one question wrong.


Finally it’s weekend!

September 30, 2007

After a looooooooooong week, it was Friday night and time to hit the town. We met up with six other Danish guys al enrolled at Naples Air Center for the CPL (Commercial Pilot) and went out for dinner at the cheese café factory – how American, but actually pretty good pasta!

Saturday and time for my birthday present from Rune – an all day boat trip down the canals! We rented a cool 18 foot deckboat with a 90 HP engine. It was a beautiful day and, as you might not know, Naples is made up of a lot of canals, most of them with huge private villas. It’s amazing how much money there is in property, boats and jets! Actually now is the low season so most of the houses are empty, the owners are at their other homes, like there penthouse in NY, there beach home at Malibu or there ski cottage at Aspen. But when they return to Naples in November to March the town gets busy, and actually the airport is so stuffed with private jets, that the closes down one of the runways just to park them all. J

Well back to our Saturday sailing trip. We had the boat all day, and went down to Marco Island through the canals. Naturally we had lunch at the Snooze In – the same restaurant we stopped by at the last time, but this time we arrived by the sea. After a great day at sea we went to the beach to cool down, and now we are back at the hotel, watching some Myth Busters and relaxing!

Next week we are probably going solo – alone in the airplane – exiting! And the next exam will be Metrology – a hard subject!


Touch and go, touch and go, touch and go…

September 28, 2007

Yesterday and today I have been doing touch and go. Touch and go is taking off, going around in the circuit (the standard approach to the runway), aligning with the runway doing a somewhat controlled crash (what is referred to as a landing), and taking off again. This is great practice for doing a lot of take offs and landing in short time, each round takes about 5-7 minutes. So yesterday and today I have done around 20 touch and go’s, and I’m getting the hang of it!

In all I have logged about 11 hours now. I taxi out, I talk to the ground and tower and request takeoff clearance, I take off, I can fly straight and level and sometimes I do J and I land. So basically I fly the airplane, and all this after just 6 days in the cockpit! How wonderful 😉

Oh by the way, did I mention that I did a couple of touch and go’s, and a couple more? And tomorrow I’m going to do touch and go’s – that will be exciting!

Actually it is quite nice to do touch and go, you get a lot of experience with traffic, and experience of flying the plane. And when all comes down at the end of the day that’s what flying is all about.

Over and out!


Communications – Roger and out!

September 27, 2007

Yesterday I passed communication, and unlike Law, this one I nailed right away. 100% – I’m one happy camper!


I passed Aviation law – barely!

September 26, 2007

Yesterday I did my exam in aviation law, and I passed! Well actually I didn’t pass I got 11 wrong out of 40, and the pass was 75%, so one too many. I had expected it to be around 80%, so I was a bit puzzled when I got the grade. Luckily I was allowed to go through the ones I got wrong, and with three of them I was quite sure that the examiners checklist was wrong according to the books I had read. So I asked the examiner and actually he agreed with me and one of them was changed, so 75% J


Stalls and emergency landing without engine

September 25, 2007

Today was my third day of flying and my sixth and seventh flight lesson. At the first flight this morning we practiced a lot of turns. I was giving a heading, and while maintaining height and speed I turned to and level out at the specific heading. No problems there and quite a smooth ride. At my second flight a we should practice STALL and side slip. Most of you have probably heard about an airplane stalling due to slow flight or too high an angle of attack (the angle of the wings compaired to the oncoming airflow). It is nothing to be alarmed about, but very important to practice – especially recovery of the stall. The side slip used to be the standard procedure of loosing height – for instance before landing when too high – before the invention of the flaps around the Second World War. It is simply a way of flying the airplane where you bank without turning, thus exposing a lot of the airframe to the wind, resulting in a lot of drag (resistance) and by that loosing height. When recovering and climbing again we pulled some G’s, and when I expressed this to Marco, he said, OK you like G’s, then let’s try this! WHAT a rollercoaster ride! Down and up and around!

With this experience trying to settle in my stomach, we went on to the next exercises – Stall! We lowered the airspeed to stall speed and heard the stall indicator go off; felt the plane shook, and then did a recovery by pitching the nose down and apply full power. This we did a couple of times with and without power and flaps, again up and down, sometimes loosing 500 feet in a couple of seconds. What a rush!

I thought that this was all the lesson of the flight when Marco said; let’s simulate an engine failure, and try to “land” at some grass field. So power to idle, wings level, lowering the airspeed, doing a simulated check of engine recovery without success, securing the engine, simulating a distress call to the tower, all by still flying the airplane and keeping the selected field in sight and approaching it ready to touch down. And down we went with full flaps – 300 feet, 200 ft, 100 ft, we finally leveled out at about 50 feet (15 meters) above the ground, applied full power again and climbed to 1.000 feet. This we practiced three times before finally heading back to Naples.

Again I flew all the way back (I do fly most of the time), talked to the control tower reported us for inbound, and obtained our landing permit. When at final before touchdown usually Marco takes the control, but not this time, I landed the plane almost all by myself, it wasn’t the prettiest landing, but hey! Unlike the Dash-8 planes in DK our landing gear held J

In all a very tense good hour, with A LOT of information fighting to get the space in my brain!

The rest of the day I have been studying for the Air Law exam I intend to take tomorrow – it’s one of the tricky ones but I think I’m in the safe zone now. Will let you know tomorrow.

Keep happy, and stay tuned at my blog!


We are flying!

September 24, 2007

So much has happened since my last update almost a week ago. First of all we are now flying, and it’s really really great! I have had my first five flying lessons, logging a total of about four hours in the plane. Also we have both passed our first exam with excellent scores (90% and 95%), I got just one question wrong. It was the Human Performance exam and that is one of the more easy exams, so there was no sweat. Right now I’m studying for the Aviation Law, and that’s a tricky one. It’s almost all read and learn with no logic to link the correct answers to. I hope to go through the exam tomorrow, but I still feel very unsecure about it.

Flying is great and quite easy… Well once we are airborne and flying around two thousand feet in the air. Taking off, communication with the tower and especially landing is a lot more hard, so it’s nice to have an instructor next to you all the time – for now. The last couple of flights I handled the ground communication, and took off and climbed. The ground communication is something like this:

NAPLES TOWER THIS IS N953AC (November Niner Five Three Alpha Charlie) AT NAPLES AIR CENTER WITH INFORMATION GOLF READY FOR TAXI TO RUNWAY 32.

We are really lucky with our instructors. Rune got Nikki she has been a flight instructor for probably more than ten years, and I got Marco (Marco Polo as he is called) a very cool Italian guy, with lots of experience and great humor.

Well back to study – six more exams and 50 more flight hours to log.

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As PPL we can fly in t-shirts and shorts. Marco my instructor (the guy with the loose tongue in the back) needs to be in pilot uniform.