Steve Tupper, February 15th, 2011
The Let’s Go Flying website is, among other things, designed to appeal to those thinking about flying but who need that last bit of information or inspiration to get them down to the local airport and behind the controls of an aircraft.
But it probably comes as no surprise that many of the visitors to the site are already head-over-heels in love with aviation and would be student pilots in a heartbeat, but the magic circumstances simply haven’t come together yet to allow them to initiate or complete flight training. This post is for them. Read More >>
Arty Trost, September 20th, 2010
I lasted posted to this blog the end of January, 2010. A lot has kept me away since then – both external events and internal. My husband was seriously injured in a car accident in October, 2009; his surgeries didn’t begin until January 2010. As you can imagine, I cleared the decks and focused on him. By May, after the last of his surgeries, I began trying to catch up with other parts of my life. I had a big note on my desk that just said “BLOG” ; but there were so many other things that needed my attention that soon I didn’t really see it.
In the past few weeks I’ve had two people e-mail me, saying they’d read my Jan. 27 post and wanted to know “the rest of the story”…did I ever buy a new ultralight, and if so, what was it?” I still put off writing, feeling embarrassed that I had failed to keep my commitment to AOPA and Let’s Go Flying. A third e-mail this morning caused me to say “Enough’s enough! Stop procrastinating and sit down and write!” So, I’m back, and — here’s the rest of the story! Read More >>
FrancoisD, August 4th, 2010
By Francois A. ‘Navman’ Dumas – August 2010
Dear AOPA members, I know I have been AWOL for some time. The reason being a very hectic and sometimes even dramatic life over the past year. But I'm back and blogging again, in various places! One such place is right HERE at Let's Go Flying, and another one is Why Fly Inc., of which I am co-owner and the tech wizard now, as well as contributor.
And we need READERS! So come and have a look when you have a passion for flying, or just want to know why OTHERS have a passion for it. It is totally FREE!
That's what Why Fly is all about. And in that sense it is really complementary to organizations such as AOPA and EAA, aiming for the exact same goal: getting people to love flying!
Back to flight simming.........
So what’s an armchair pilot?
Or, come to think of it, why would I want to write about that?
‘Armchair Pilots’ are what many flightsimmers call themselves. They ‘fly’ on a monitor (TV screen) attached to a desktop computer. Using, predominantly, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, they can mimic real flight, learn manoeuvres, practice, or just fantasize about being a pilot … from the chair at their desk … and, sometimes, from a more-than-real, home-built-cockpit!! Read More >>
Jason Schappert, August 4th, 2010
Let’s face it. Pilots learn to fly because they want to fly. That’s all there is to it. The desire to learn flying stems from a dream to touch the skies and live amongst them even for just a short time. However, as time passes, some of these aspiring aviators do realize that their hobby has a potential to earn them some cash. Quite a bit of cash actually.
That’s the reason why some people who initially just dreamed of flying are now leading fruitful lives that are giving them serious earnings from something that they just initially took into as a hobby. You, too, can earn money from your passion for aviation and can turn your hobby into a business. What are the options an aviator can have on a career in aviation?
One road that private pilots opt to take after flying as a private pilot for awhile is to become a commercial pilot. Specifically, you won't be flying for the big names like just yet. You can get other small jobs to build hours. My first job flying was "traffic watch" we simply flew a 172 and spotted traffic accidents. This is a common path pilots take while working up the time to fly for a major carrier. Read More >>
Chris Findley, CFI, June 23rd, 2010
by Chris Findley, CFI
What do you do when you look up and realize that its been 2 years or 10 years since you last flew? Getting back into the plane can seem a little intimidating. As I often work with people who are getting back into flying after a break, I've found that the longer the break, the more apprehensive the pilot is about their ability to recoup their knowledge and skills. I know, I was in that position myself.
I had a 15 year break from flying. After earning my degree in Aviation Management and my Commercial, Multi, Instrument and CFI ratings from Auburn University, I was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and entered active duty. Between getting my feet on the ground with the military and shortly thereafter getting engaged and married, I just slipped away from flying. It was never a conscious decision, but just something that happened. After a couple of career shifts over 15 years, an almost comical turn of events got me back in the pilot's seat. It was mis-handled mail.
I went to my office mailbox one morning to find a single piece of mail-- Plane & Pilot's Annual Guide to Aviation Careers. I thought it ironic as no one at my office knew my background in aviation. Why was this in my box? I kept it and over my lunch break began leafing through it. Something within me awakened, a long-lost passion for flying and a hunger to feel the response of the flight controls in my hands once again. But I was nervous. Would I remember everything (or anything) a decade-and-a-half later? Would my skills in the air be miserable or would they return? Read More >>
Chris Findley, CFI, June 17th, 2010
by Chris Findley, CFI
One of the greatest gifts of flying is flying for the sheer joy of it.
The “Sunday Drive” holds an iconic place in American life. Like front porch swings, sidewalks, and town squares, a family drive in the country on Sunday was a mini-getaway for the family. There was no rush, no elaborate plans, no particular agenda. It was using the car for more than the normal weekday commute. It was about using the car for leisure, for recreation.
The notion of the Sunday Drive has all but disappeared from the American consciousness. As the pace and pressure of modern society has increased, our intentional use of leisure has diminished. It is pretty rare to see people simply taking a walk in a park, or chatting with neighbors across their back fences, or just getting away together for a little while. But today’s Private Pilot can renew this age-old and forgotten tradition of the Sunday drive, but with a twist–the Sunday flight. Read More >>
Evan Krueger, May 4th, 2010
The Boy Scout motto Be Prepared has stuck with the organization for countless years. And for a good reason too. While pilot supplies is not the most important aspect of flying, it plays a very important role. Have you ever flown a cross country trip without planning for it beforehand? I hope no one has answered yes. Proper planning and preparation is important for any flight; even the quick trip around the patch. Having the right tools at your disposal helps you handle any unexpected situations. I decided to throw together a list of this things I keep in my flight bag to compare with others. What do you have in yours?
Since I don't lug my entire flight library with me, I use a fairly small flight bag. Some spend hundreds of dollars on a flight bag; I find it unnecessary. In fact, I use the free one AOPA sent me for renewing my membership (kind of looks like the one pictured left). It looks cool and holds everything I need. I'm not saying don't buy a nice flight bag, just don't buy space you can't or don't need to fill.
Evan Krueger, April 27th, 2010
Since receiving my private pilot's licence last September, I haven't done much purpose flying. I would make a point to stay current but I really hadn't done any serious flying. Gazing over the logbook, I had put in a whopping 2.9 hours. Looking back, my primary distraction was high school. Not the worst distraction but still, it kept me from my passion. The other week, a friend and I were discussing date ideas for him and his girlfriend. At this point, I was really itching to get flying again so I made a half-selfish suggestion to take her to a nice dinner; in an airplane. It must not have been horrible since he liked the idea.
We set up the date with enough time for me to secure both night and day currency. Three days before our proposed trip, I spent some time re-familiarizing myself in our flying club's 172. Not only did I practice landings and general flying skills, I made sure I knew how to operate the GPS. I haven't had much time using the Garmin GPS 150. The flight went fairly well in my opinion. In the week before, I searched the internet for aviation-friendly fine dining. AdventurePilot.com directed me to the Grand Geneva Resort (C02). I had heard about the resort on the radio but was unfamiliar it had publicly open restaurants and a runway. After deeming the airport worthy of a fantastic night, I made reservations.
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FrancoisD, February 1st, 2010
Basically, isn't that what brings YOU here too? We are all passionate about flying, aviation and/or airplanes in one way or other. I have been away for awhile. I guess that happens to many of us from time to time. Life is difficult on many and it takes more time these days to scrape a living together. But that just leaves even a larger NEED for a passion.
And that's why I think you will just LOVE the short video about the Tiger Boys and Girl that's available from the WhyFly.aero website that was recently opened. Check out the Tiger Boys and Girl article here and DO run that video. There are lots more interesting stories by interesting people there and I think a subscription is more than worth it. Give them a try and click here for more information.
The people writing on that site can REALLY tell you what flying is about and especially WHY we... and YOU!?.... do it and so it is a great complement to the Let's go Flying initiative and this blog here!
Steve Tupper, January 7th, 2010
This is to tell the man in the red plane that he has a fan.
I've been watching you from the ground. Well, from my farm pastures and yard actually. More often than you know. I am in awe of your skill and the performance you give is wonderful and joyous.
Who are you? Are you a man or a woman? A professional stunt pilot or a pleasure flyer of that pretty red plane? Do you perform for others besides me, or is what I'm seeing just an expression of your own preferences? Read More >>