Your connection with the sky

Joining a Flying Club

, November 1st, 2010

When you want to learn to fly, one of the options that you can look at is to join a flying club. Most aviators get a good headstart when they decide to join a flying club.

Now, what is a flying club? It is an organization that is dedicated to bringing aviation home to those that would might want to learn to fly or rent an aircraft but the cost of doing such are a bit out of reach. Specifically, it provides a source of aircraft ownership. It helps ease your concerns by simply providing a pool of aircraft that can be readily rented out and thus eliminating the need for you to search for aircraft that you could rent for your flying lessons. Some flying clubs can also be specialized and cater to aviators that are interested in restored or vintage aircraft. Read More >>

Reaching Outside the Airport Fence

, January 7th, 2010

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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 >>

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

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 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 >>

Night flight delight

, August 11th, 2009

One of the last requirements that I needed to complete for my Private Pilot's License was a cross country trip after hours.  I needed to go 50 miles away, and the trip had to last a total of two hours.  Dana and I met on Wednesday at 21:00 to depart Westosha to Madison, Wisconsin.  We couldn't have asked for a better night.  The sky was both clear and smooth with an almost full moon lighting up the darkness.  The trip was one of the best trips I've taken in a long time.   Read More >>

A Real “Texan” Treat

, June 30th, 2009

An AT-6 and ILast Saturday, I got my first taste of vintage aircraft.  My neighbor invited me to his friends house to take a ride in his North American AT-6 Texan.  I wasn't quite sure what it was at the time, but of course I said yes.  When we arrive at his home (he lives in an airport community) my jaw immediately drops at the sight of his hangar.  Inside of it was not one but two aircraft!  I was amazed that people could afford to do that (own more than one aircraft).  

 

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Flying the Boom – A Ride with the 72nd Air Refueling Squadron

, June 29th, 2009

Ssgt Jason Bireley at the Boom Station

If you ask SSgt Jason Bireley what he does for a living, he might say that he lies on his belly and passes gas.  SSgt Bireley doesn’t give me the impression of a guy who’d actually put it that way, but it’s true in a sense.  Read More >>

Love blooms at the airshow

, June 15th, 2009

When you get into aviation, it creeps into your blood and every part of you is somehow influenced by it. If you’ve ever spelled your name for a restaurant reservation using the phonetic alphabet, you know what I mean. Read More >>

Mountain flying in France

, May 29th, 2009

Here's an interesting little movie by a fellow pilot landing at my 'home' airfield, Altiport de Méribel (LFKX).

He first flies over the runway to announce his arrival, then heads east towards Courchevel, turning north, west and then south again on final.

You'll notice how difficult the short runway is to spot. Actually the fairway of the golf course running down from the runway is a good indicator to line up with the runway. Read More >>

A day with the Collaborators

, May 27th, 2009

First, we'd like to apologize for the infrequent blog entries.  Will and I have been on the road quite a bit filming exciting content for the upcoming film, A Pilot's Story. Read More >>