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Flying Fancy

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 dayAerial photo of C02 (Grand Geneva Resort Airport) 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. 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.

Come Saturday night, I was more than prepared for this flight.  I was going to be one of my first "purpose flights" and I wanted everything to go without a hitch.  I arrived at the airport with my friend and his date around 19:00 local time.  I made one last check of the weather, thanked the wind gods for replacing 28 knot winds with 12 knot ones, and headed out for preflight.  After my award-worthy passenger briefing, we departed Westosha to the Northwest.  A short 10 minutes and we were back on the ground without event.  I parked the aircraft and called Charlie, the man who would pick us up at the airport.  Not three minutes later, a trolly comes to pick us up; quite comical in fact.  Charlie takes us to the main resort for dinner.  While they ate at Ristoranté Brissago, I listened to a very talented piano player fill the the lobby with soulful jazz.

An hour later, we were on the trolley back to the airport.I flew my friend to Lake in the Hills Airport (3CK) (where his car was) so he could get his date back before curfew.  I took the plane back to Westosha to fuel her up and tie her down for the night.

I would very highly suggest the Grand Geneva Resort to anybody looking for a nice aviation-friendly get away.  The resort is very high class and worth checking out.  It was nice to finally use my pilot's licence for a purpose.  Now don't get me wrong; I still love getting up just to practice landings or check out the scenery.  Its a whole different feeling when flying to a destination.  I guess in the end though, flying is flying.  You'll be able to find a smile on my face as long as I'm up in the air.  Thanks for reading!

-Evan Krueger

2 Responses to “Flying Fancy”

  1. Jason Knight Says:
    April 28th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    That's a great story. I am kinda like you in the sense that I have yet to utilize my PPL. Its good to hear someone else doing it though. Great Stuff.

  2. Ed Shreffler Says:
    April 28th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Hey guys,
    I'm just like you but older. Got my PPL 20 years ago at age 50. Old guy from your perspective but same ideas and thoughts. After a while, I wondered how much longer can I spend money touring overhead the town I live in?

    For me, the Vintage Mooney Group was the turning point. With fly-ins every month or so, there was always somewhere new to go. Find the calendar section of the AOPA website and see all the neat things going on at airports around you. Pancake breakfasts. Wings and Wheels events. Airshows. Airport open house days. They are all over the place. I think this link might work.

    And try this to see what I have done since learning about destinations.


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