Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learning about aviation, animal rescue at Paws and Planes Day


Conor Greenfield, 4, makes a paper airplane at Paws and Planes Day.
Conor Greenfield, 4, makes a paper airplane at Paws and Planes Day.

In spite of a snowstorm this past weekend, children from the Frederick, Maryland, area got a chance to climb into an airplane, fly a simulator, and meet a flying dog.

That would be Turbo the Flying Dog—a mixed-breed pooch whose owners, Victoria and Bob Zajko, adopted him from an animal rescue in West Virginia. The Zajkos flew Turbo to his new home in their Glasair in 2012, and he has been a constant aerial companion ever since. Turbo’s adventures inspired Zajko further, and she and friend Kelly Kennedy collaborated on a children’s book, Turbo the Flying Dog.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paws & Planes Day Recap

Despite a storm covering the city with a heavy blanket of white snow, the AOPA National Aviation Community Center was kept warm with the laughter of children and furry friends. Civil Air Patrol cadets bundled up and directed adventurous parents with children in tow into the parking lot. Once entered, they stomped the snow off their boots, took a punch card and started their educational activities.

Monday, February 16, 2015

SMAC090 Steve Tupper, motor gliders, flying upside down and special words about hurling

This episode is an interview with Steve Tupper aka Stephen Force.

“Stephen Force” is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, AMEL, ASES, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) lieutenant colonel and search-and-rescue pilot Steve Tupper.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Note to self: Bring a nice camera next time!

Hm, where to start? Sunday was designated fly day. The plan was to join our friend Kyle for a flight out of Frederick for a $100 pancake breakfast. Bob suggested KMIV in Millville, NJ which we have from a enjoyed on a previous warm winter day like today. Kyle wanted to get an early 8:30AM start which we scoffed at. We recommended 9AM which was then agreed upon. We gave Kyle a hard time when he was the one late and we discovered we had fouled up mags due to waiting for him with the engine on idle for a good ten minutes. All was forgotten when we took off into the sky.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SMAC089 - Live From The US Sport Aviation Expo 2015

This episode is dedicated to the excitement we felt when we first discovered flying! You should feel the excitement and again when you hear the many passionate aviators in this episode.

Representing Sun N Fun radio, Carl Valeri and Eric Crump spent their days at the US Sport Aviation Expo exploring the newest products, listening to lectures , and interviewing many of the exhibitors. This is a long episode because we decided to include all the interviews from the show. We feel each interview has something special to offer to you the listener. Remember the individual interviews will be loaded up to Chats From the Deck and will be streamed at LiveATC throughout the year.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Daring in 2015

Take a look back into November 2014 where I did a fun and creative flight for a scholarship application. This flight was for the Dare to Be Different scholarship offered by the Washington DC Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. I received some amazing news recently, my application was selected! A enthusiastic thank you to the DC Chapter for awarding me this scholarship, I know I will not let you down. I am excited to announce that this year, thanks to the Dare to Be Different scholarship, I will be getting instrument current again and obtaining my tail wheel endorsement. These plans have been on the back burner way to long and I'm thrilled to say, "Hey 2015! I got this!" Now if it will hurry up and warm up a tad...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FREE Event: Paws & Planes

Turbo and I are hosting a FREE event at the Frederick airport connecting two of our favorite things: dogs and airplanes! Would you please consider spreading the word via our Thunderclap campaign? You can also join the event on Facebook here!

Friday, January 16, 2015

SMAC088 – Climb Via Clearance, Roadable Aircraft, and Instagram

Listen to episode 088 here!

Pre-Flight Checklist

Carl, Victoria, Rick and Eric are here, and everyone is cold!
  • We start with some announcements. Carl and Eric  will be attending the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.
  • You can tweet the show using the Twitter hashtag #asksmac.
  • Victoria said that Turbo the Flying Dog wants to invite everyone to the Frederick Municipal Airport for AOPA's Paws & Planes Day February 21st 9am-1pm. Turbo will be signing books and there will be about a dozen aviation related stations. The event is free, and kids that visit all the stations will get a free gift!
Cruise Flight

Monday, January 5, 2015

Great News!

Those of you that have followed my piloting journey are familiar with my struggles in having a special issuance medical. The ups and downs have been reported in this blog over the years. This summer, it will be five years since it all started. This weekend, I received what I thought was my new medical and authorization letter in the mail. My medical was there, however, it was replaced with a new letter: I no longer require a special issuance. What a wonderful New Year surprise!