Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Overflight:  (1/2000s f/5.6 @ 200mm iso200)

Monday, May 30, 2011

An Unconventional Landing

An addendum of sorts re: the airshow at Kona this weekend...

Maybe I will have to pick up a small camera with basic video capability one of these times after all!  Shooting moving objects handheld with a DSLR in burst mode doesn't quite produce the quality any of us are used to these days... including me!  :)  But put in the category of "something is better than nothing", the following *is* better than nothing, and can only be described as... a little out of the ordinary.  So enjoy!

(Safe for work, but contains sound)

I promise... next year I'll have my act together for this kind of stuff!  :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011


C'mon in!

For a first ever event the Hawaii Airshow Invitational at Kona went off very well this weekend. The weather was nice, if not a bit hot, both days, and the crowds were good. An airshow is always a great family event, and this one was no exception. From the looks on the little faces it was a great experience. And it was nice to see so many kids on the field. Hopefully this will continue to grow in both scope and popularity over the years. Isolated communities like ours need the kind of variety this sort of weekend provided.

Continued after the jump...


Get Fuzzy
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley, embedding allowed.

Friday, May 27, 2011


F-16 Falcon practice run  (1/1500s f/5.6 at 300mm iso200)
This is a teaser for part of what will be happening here this weekend.  As I left the airport this afternoon for a dental appointment one of the F-16's screamed overhead on a practice run for this weekend's entertainment.  Watching him rip holes in the sky one couldn't help thinking how many "G's" the guy was pulling at times.  Here he is making a high-g horizontal turn after dropping out of a loop. 

This is a 100% crop of the disrupted airflow over his wings.  After seeing this I decided to endure the pain of hauling a 400mm lens around tomorrow just in case they get the green light to push mach 1 and an opportunity to snatch a Prandtl–Glauert singularity shot comes along.  One can always hope...  Actually, the condensation cloud seen here is related to the same phenomenon.

For more information on times, events, prices, and all the rest, go to the Hawaii Airshow Invitational website.

See you there this weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Regnad Kcin

Nick Danger, Third Eye!Artwork by William Stout

I don’t have a radio in my truck… never did. I bought it that way brand new. It has no a/c either. No power anything as a matter of fact. It’s a little 1991 Nissan 4x2 and I love it. It’s always had great mileage, hauled everything I’ve ever wanted, and is not the kind of thing people want to steal or break into. It's also easy to fix, which is why most mechanics love it too. It's a throwback to the days when vehicles were made without computers to complicate things.

See where this is going after the jump...

Early Arrivals

This weekend the airport at Kona will be hosting the 1st Annual Hawaii Airshow Invitational.  It's a project that's been in the works for over 7 years and will be the first in Hawaii ever held at a public airport.  All prior shows have been hosted at military installations on Oahu, or included offshore aerobatic exhibitions by precision units such as the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels.

The event this weekend will include many static displays of military and historic aircraft as well as aerobatic exhibitions by several of Hawaii's top pilots.  See the link above for more information.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

These PRETzels are makin' me THIRSty!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Roadside Repairs

So, you're far away from home and you blow an engine on landing. What do you do? If you're a C-17 Globemaster III it's no problem... you just load up another bird with a spare engine, lifting racks, auxiliary units, tech crew and tools and you go out into the field with a new blower in shrink wrap and swap the bad unit out.  No biggie.

That's what's happening at KOA this week. And it's just another day on the job for the guys (& gals) who get most of their work done before many of us wake up each morning.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Design by Cam Wilde.

Is your favorite here?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wind Power

Comic by Randall Munroe, released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License

Saturday, May 21, 2011

6-8 Hrs

The pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow after a day of overdue yardwork:

2 1/2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, cut in 1-inch slices
2 ribs celery, cut in 1/2-inch slices
2 medium potatoes, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 cup beer
1 cup beef broth, or use all beer
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup flour

Place all ingredients, except butter and flour in the Crock Pot; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Mix melted butter with flour; add to the stew. Taste and adjust seasonings. Turn to high and cook until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serves 6 (or 1 for the better part of a week!).

Aloha from Kona!

It is said that every journey begins with a single step.  And while this may be a first blog posting for me, in truth there has been some form of 20/20 HeinSite online presence since the very beginnings of the world wide web in the early 1990's, including a variety of HeinSite homepages and currently a HeinSite photo site on PBase.   Any or all of them might have been considered blogs... but none were ever in this format.

We'll just have to see what type of form this trip takes over time.  For me, the best part of a journey, and certainly the most interesting, has always been the active movement portion anyway.  It's the unpredictability of it that makes it fun.