Neil H, February 4th, 2013
There's nothing quite like making laps around the Statue of Liberty at 150 miles per hour. Of course, I can't honestly say I felt the wind blowing through my hair, but at 1500 feet the experience is exhilarating enough.
As if flying feet away from the New York City skyline isn't your dream flight, try bringing along a passenger. Better yet, bringing a passenger who never even knew the world of general aviation existed. I think you get the point-- this is a really cool flight. Cool enough that I've flown the Hudson Corridor nine cialis canadian pharmacy times, and have another flight scheduled for next week.
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Kristen Seaman, December 26th, 2012
Well, it’s been about three months since I last blogged. It’s been a whirlwind, and I apologize for the extensive post before you, but I promise it has a happy ending.
About a month ago, my instructor informed me she had a date in mind for my checkride. Then reality set in. I had exactly 3.5 weeks to prepare, and the thought terrified me. I hadn’t yet flown my full 10 hours of solo time that is required, hadn’t had many successful short and soft field takeoffs and landings, nor had I practiced crosswind landings on more than one occasion.
My biggest concern, however, was preparing for my oral exam, which would be a 1-2 hour quizzing session right before my actual flight test. We started with one hour study sessions before work, covering a new set of topics every day. I could get the information to stick for one day, but didn’t feel that I was retaining a whole lot. Read More >>
Kristen Seaman, August 28th, 2012
Normally when I start a blog post, the words flow effortlessly off my fingertips and I get lost in telling some funny, scary, or educational story about a recent flight I’ve taken or an event I’ve attended. Today is not the case. In fact, I’m a little surprised I’m still able to form complete sentences and not be passed out in my work chair with coworkers prodding me with pencils to get me out of my vegetative state. You see, today is the day that I passed my written exam. Wait; let me say that with more enthusiasm: I PASSED MY WRITTEN EXAM! Not only did I pass, I received a 95%! Read More >>
Blaine Transue, August 24th, 2012
I've been flying so much lately I don't even know what day it is. What I do know is that today put my skills to the test.
Today I was scheduled for the last of my required solos. This was going to be a 2+ hour flight with landings at 2 airports I had not been to before. When I had originally scheduled the flight, there was nothing on the schedule again until 3, so I arrived thinking I had plenty of time to plan and get on my way, but as we know, this is flying, and things change. As it turns out, the Cessna was scheduled again at 1pm and JP had his checkride for his CFII endorsement at 3, so I my no pressure solo just took on a little pressure. No worry, I was there a little early and I already had my flight plan drawn up, so JP just needed to go over it and endorse my log book. Even as prepared as I was however, I didn't get off the ground until about 11:15 which meant at best, I wouldn't get back until about a quarter after 1pm. I checked with Travis and told them I could reschedule, but they wanted me to go ahead and go, even if it meant doing a little rescheduling. Read More >>
Blaine Transue, August 16th, 2012
Lesson objectives: Diversion to Nut Tree/Vacaville, VOR to Skaggs Island, Steep turns and Stalls , Emergency Landing (or not) in Napa, Turns on a point, Short field take off, soft field landing and short field landing at Skypark.
I was a little nervous about my stage 2 mock check ride with Travis today. I haven't been up flying with Travis in awhile and while he is an excellent CFI, he has a bit more demanding approach which can be a little intimidating at times, and today, for sure, he wasn't going to be cutting me any slack, after all, this was supposed to be a mock check ride, so no instruction, just requests and performance. Read More >>
Genevieve Beaulieu: Student Pilot, August 14th, 2012
Hi! My nameʼs Genevieve, Iʼm 19 years old, majoring in Aviation Management at FIT, and currently pursuing my private pilotʼs license. I'm so excited to be able to share my experiences with all of you, but before I jump into my flight training and aviation adventures, I feel like I should give a little on my background - hopefully so that if you are thinking of flight training, youʼll be able to know where I come from and say “Hey, if she can do it, I can do it too!”.
Iʼm a small town girl. Iʼve lived in southern New Hampshire my entire life. Thereʼs actually a small private runway in my tiny town of Brookline, but the closest municipal airport is about 20 minutes out of town and closest international is about an hour away. So, I have a different story than most that I see from other student pilots. I didnʼt grow up passing by airports or seeing planes in the sky all the time. I didnʼt attend an airshow until this year. I never used to watch tv specials or read articles focused just on aviation. I even started out in college last year as an engineering major, not in aviation.
With all that said, now hereʼs where I am now and how I got here. I was on a FIRST Robotics team in high school, which when I look back now, it was all more about strategy and business operations within a technical program to me (I was the business lead junior year and a captain my senior year of a team of about 100 people; it really was like running a technical business). Even with my business focuses, I was very influenced to major in engineering, so I started out in college as a dual-major in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. It was all great, but then after a full semester of being exposed to all the different majors around without those influences back home, and after attending my first airshow with some friends already in aviation, I was hooked. I realized the main reason I was doing engineering was for the money, and that even in a technical program like FIRST, Iʼve always been a very business and top-level process- oriented person and that I shouldnʼt hide that talent from the work I get into. I’m just a people person! Aviation Management can get me where I want to be - whether thatʼs working the business/operations side of an aerospace engineering company, or working with logistics, processes, or people interaction for an airport or airline. All it took was the bit of exposure to the field and major to make me realize thatʼs what I love most and it was the absolute best choice for me.
Lesson from this story? I urge all of you reading this thinking about getting into anything aviation-related: just talk about it with someone. If you have a friend with a plane, go up. If you have a friend taking lessons, ask if you can spectate from the back on a lesson to see if itʼs for you. If you know someone that works at the airport, see if you can meet for lunch and chat. If you donʼt know anyone, go to an airshow! Go and talk to some exhibitors and get business cards here and there just to have people to talk to about getting involved in the future. Theyʼll all want to help you because if theyʼre there representing a company or showing off their own plane, theyʼll want to get others into aviation as well. Plus, you get to have fun on a nice sunny day with an ice cold drink watching some pretty spectacular stunts and see some unique planes and pieces of military history. Attending my first airshow, Sun nʼ Fun, while at college in Florida is where I can clearly pinpoint my decision to get into all of this. The next part of my story is how Iʼve recently started taking lessons to become a private pilot, which will be the focus of many of my future posts. I sincerely hope to inspire others through writing about my aviation experiences and pilot training, and help others who are already going through their training by posting tips and resources along the way! If any of you have any questions, no matter what step you are in pilot training or an aviation career, just comment on a post and Iʼll reply and weʼll get in touch!
Blaine Transue, August 13th, 2012
Sonoma to Napa to Modesto to Rio Vista to Napa
After a somewhat tenuous start to the evening (read the previous post, Jack be Nimble), we finally got in the air for the planned night flight.
I had completed my flight plan around 8pm, made the short solo flight over to Napa where the trip would officially start but in order for it to be officially endorsed as a night flight in the log book, we had to wait until about 10pm to make our departure. I needed just over 2.1 hours and at least 3 takeoffs and landings on this flight to satisfy the last of my night flying requirements so the plan called for a first leg to Modesto, then up and over to Rio Vista, and then back to Napa.
I took off from Napa County Airport just about 10pm with a moonless, calm and clear sky. Even though I had been flying some 8 out of the last 10 days, it had been almost a month since my first night flight, and I was really looking forward to tonight's flight. Flying over the north end of the east bay at night was beautiful for sure and flying at night in general just seems so much calmer than the day. The air was cool and calm and the visibility excellent even in the black of the night sky. As we flew towards our first destination, Modesto, JP and I talked about the differences between day and night flying, how your eyes tend to focus more inside the cockpit then out, about the importance of scanning the sky, pointing out illusions like clouds that look like mountains, or mountains that look like clouds, or the fact that some were so dark you couldn't see them at all which totally reinforces the notion of having a solid flight plan and working knowledge of your instruments. Read More >>
Blaine Transue, August 13th, 2012
The last week has been nothing short of amazing. I have flown 7 out of the last 8 days and will fly 3 more before the weekend, that's 10 out of 11 days. In the last 7 days I've flown 2 extended day cross country flights, been mountain flying over the Sierras and Lake Tahoe, squeezed in a 3 hour night flight that included 7 landings at 3 different airports and today, flew my cross country solo from Sonoma to Ukiah.
Of course, when you fly this often things are bound to happen, and happen they did. This week was packed with impromptu ADM ("Aeronautical Decision Making") practice including diverting a night landing coming into Napa because of disabled aircraft on the runway, hitting a bird...a rather large bird in Rio Vista coming off the runway in the black of night and flying solo through the smoke filled skies of Clear Lake. Now that's flying! Read More >>
Blaine Transue, August 12th, 2012
Tonight I was scheduled to fly my Night Cross Country Duo with my instructor JP. While I had done my first night flight and a number of landings a couple of weeks ago, this was going to be the first time I had to put all of the new cross country skills I had learned, to use during a night flight. The entire route had to cover 2.1 hours so JP and I decided on a route south of our area, leaving from Napa I would fly south to Modesto, put in a few night landings and then head north to Rio Vista where I would land a few more times before taking off and heading back to Napa. Simple enough right? Well...first I had to get the plane to Napa, and we were quickly running out of time. Read More >>
Blaine Transue, August 9th, 2012
I'm a gear head so I love cars, but I had no idea what was waiting for me in Reno. As it happens, it's a week of Hot August Nights and there are some 10,000 beautifully restored hot rods and show cars cruising the streets all over town. Thankfully, I had packed my camera on this trip and despite the 107 degree heat, I was out in the vast parking lot across the street from the hotel soaking up the sites and smells of some of Americas finest achievements, the automobile! While the girls were inside testing their luck at the Black Jack table and testing the water at the pool, I was in boy heaven, weaving my way through hundreds of the most beautiful cars I had ever set eyes on.
After getting an eye full of auto candy yesterday I headed back in to join the gals out by the pool and relax for awhile. It was a perfect afternoon and we had little on our agenda besides soaking up some sun and stepping out for some dinner later, after which I managed to convince the ladies to come with me to look at even more cars that had rolled in during the afternoon. It was a beautiful night and we walked around in awe of the craftsmanship in front of us, each of us picking out the one we were going to drive home later when we hit those slots over at the casino. Read More >>