Your connection with the sky

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).  



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 >>

“Automatic rough” – Bumps in the Night

, June 19th, 2009

I know I'm supposed to write about sailplanes and soaring. However, I spent a lot of my flying career driving single engine light planes just about everywhere and in just about every weather it's possible to do so. I also read all the blogs on Lets Go Flying which led me to think this subject might interest some readers. Read More >>

Talking to Tower

, June 17th, 2009

Yesterday, Dana and I took to the sky (for a little bit at least) to conquer controlled airspace.  The lesson started with a small ground lesson on airport signs, controlled airspace procedures, and the airport in general.  During my call to Lockheed Martin for a weather briefing, the briefer informed me of something I hadn’t heard of; all of the runways at Kenosha (KENW) had changed numbers. I thought it was interesting seeing the effects of a shifting magnetic pole first hand...


Getting closer…

, June 15th, 2009

Hello everyone. I'd like to take just a minute to update everyone on my progress. Last Tuesday (June 9), I went to Lake in the Hills airport to take my written test. Needless to say, I passed with a fairly good score (90%). For those who don't know, there are two tests one must take to become a private pilot. One is the practical test and the other is the knowledge test. The practical test is the flying and oral examination portion of the test and the knowledge test is the written test. 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 >>

Sailplane camps

, June 12th, 2009

Airplane owners think nothing of taking off for a distant location - it's why they own an airplane.  For sailplane owners, it's a little more complicated but just as much fun.

Most sailplane clubs have a tradition of taking their gliders and tow planes to a distant airport for a weekend to fly different skies.  Sometimes it's to the same place on the same holiday every year and sometimes it's an expedition to a place where no one has flown sailplanes before.  Expeditions to new places are always fun Read More >>

Air-to-Air in a Pitts S-2C with Billy Werth

, June 10th, 2009

Tupper and Werth in Pitts S-2C

So I was out covering the Indianapolis Air Show this weekend.  Friday was media day and I showed up early to roam around and meet people and generally get a whiff of freshly-mown grass and recently combusted avgas and JP-8 jet fuel. Read More >>

Night flying

, June 10th, 2009

Tonight I took my first flight lesson after daylight hours.  It definitely was a different experience than flying in the day time.  Dana and I scheduled to meet at the airport at 21:30; just a little after sunset.  While preflighting the aircraft, Dana explained some points to remember while flying at night.  At night, lights appear closer than they actually are.  Things 15 miles away will appear to be a lot closer (like 5 or so miles).  The saying altitude is your friend should be kept especially in mind at night.  During the day, Read More >>