Your connection with the sky

Back in the Game

, January 5th, 2010

Hello everyone. Remember me? It's been a while since I've posted, but there's a semi-good reason behind it. Since my last post in August, I've earned my Private Pilot's License! The experience was tense yet exciting. After getting my license, I took some time off of flying to focus on school and to pay off the rest of my training. Although it was hard to sustain life without aviation for a few months, I made it through. Before I explain how the big day went, I'll explain the month or so leading up to it.

I spent almost all of August preparing for my checkride. Read More >>

Sky: No Limits!

, October 15th, 2009

100_3575I DID IT!

 It has been a while since I last blogged my progress with my flight training. I did a lot of training in the month of July including simulated instrument training and finishing up my cross country flight requirements. Also, my CFI and I did PTS prep for about three hours.

The checkride was set for July 29, 2009. I felt very ready for it. However, I will say that I was nervous about the oral portion.  As a result, the oral portion of the PTS was the most difficult part, but I managed to prove my knowledge of the flight rules according to the FAR. The in-flight portion of my checkride was easy because I knew my skill level was higher than average for a student pilot. As soon as the examiner and I landed for completion of the checkride, the examiner immediately wrote a note as I parked the airplane in big letters, “YOU PASSED!”  Read More >>

“A Pilot’s Story” discovers the Magical World of Lighter than Air Flight

, July 6th, 2009

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Kevin Knapp, the Mayflower Transit hot air ballon corporate pilot.  I was introduced to Kevin through our good friends Col. Joe Kittinger and his lovely wife Sherry.


The seaplane rating

, May 26th, 2009

Tupper with seaplane during training

It’s been something like 18 months since I completed what I consider to be my “core” training. By that, I mean the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. The certificate and rating that make aviation practical and fun and give you the best initial set of capabilities. Read More >>

How I learned to fly.

, March 23rd, 2009

One of the things I enjoy most about being a corporate pilot is the relationship and conversations I get to enjoy with my passengers.  If there is a long enough pause in the discussion, inevitably the question comes up, "So, how did you learn to fly?"  Here is my full, non-abbreviated answer: Read More >>

Building brick houses

, March 23rd, 2009

In flying, we are undertaking an effort that contains a greater element of risk (and higher price to pay for error) than almost anything else we’ve ever done.  It is extremely important to establish fundamental procedures that will not only stick with us as we advance in and explore our own aviation envelope, but procedures that will step forward when we need them the most, in an emergency.  Read More >>

Exploring the Commercial Maneuvers

, February 9th, 2009

Flight 2009-02-05

After going 2 for 5 on planned flights in January, February is off to a much better start. I got up for 2.5 and flew to Saginaw (KMBS) and back and tarried on the way back southeast of Flint (KFNT) to have a look at the maneuvers I’d need to do if I pursued my commercial certificate. Read More >>

LSA’s Sales Strong, VLJs Making Comeback?

, December 15th, 2008

In the midst of the economic doldrums, which includes much of the aviation industry, two interesting pieces of news last week give hope to the pilot poluation.

The first comes from Light Sport guru, Dan Johnson.  For those who don't read Dan's blog, I highly recommend it.  Dan reports that LSA sales remain relatively strong, even as the general piston market slows (that's being kind).  Read More >>

LSA Review: Flight Design– Room with a View

, November 25th, 2008

Flight Design did not become the best-selling light sport aircraft in the country by being the best looking kid on the block. In fact, the FD is more like that nerdy guy in high school who got straight As and was still the most popular kid at the parties. In other words, looks are deceiving. It is more than just a solid performing aircraft. Despite its funny looking design it has won this low-wing guy over. Read More >>

Spreading the Word About Flying

, November 24th, 2008

Pilots  will tell you that people love to hear about flying.  Mention it at a party or in the office, and you're sure to get : "How long have you been flying?"; "What do you fly?"; "Where do you fly too."; and the best one, "Can you take me sometime?"