Friday, September 5, 2014

AOPA Pilot Blog: Catching up with…Victoria Neuville Zajko

September 5, 2014 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

After successfully managing several events aimed at introducing girls and women to aviation—some local, some worldwide—Victoria Neuville Zajko was looking for a new project. She didn’t have to look far, because the source of inspiration was gnawing on a toy in her home.

Zajko and friend Kelly Kennedy have written a children’s book, Turbo the Flying Dog,loosely based on her own dog’s adventures. She and husband Bob adopted the pup in 2012 and brought him home in their Glasair. Since then, Turbo has become a familiar sight at Frederick Municipal Airport, and if the Zajkos are flying somewhere, he almost always can be found in the backseat of the Glasair, sporting Mutt-Muffs.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Turbo the Flying Dog has Launched

The day is finally here! The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Turbo the Flying Dog Series has launched! If you feel called to do so, you may participate here:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SMAC079 – What’s in your hangar? The Government wants to know.

Carl kicks things off by bringing up a proposed rule regarding non-aeronautical uses of airport hangers. The comment period is open until September 5th. Airports that accept federal money, public or private, can only be used for aeronautical usage. Many airports are allowing people to store things like boats and cars in hangers, leaving pilots to complain that they do not have hanger space to store their aircraft. This led to a discussion of hanger homes.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Day I Learned to Fly

The day I learned to fly I was 16 years old and just finished private pilot ground school. I was nervous as I hopped in the airplane, taking the controls for my discovery flight. The day I learned to fly was the day my Dad supported me and never doubted me. Although it was many years later that I would become a private pilot, I would always remember that day.

Flying into a bookstore soon!

We are in the process of requesting our clearance for the Turbo the Flying Dog series. We just had a photo and video promo shoot yesterday and artwork and our Kickstarter campaign will hopefully begin next week. Stay tuned for details!

Friday, August 15, 2014

SMAC078 Obtaining Your Instrument Rating

Episode 078
Victoria kicks us off with a discussion of getting her Instrument Flight Rating and keeping your rating. This leads into a discussion of best practices for training, and how to handle communicating with the tower and keeping track of information. We also discusses Automation Management and the danger of over-relying on automated systems.
Carl brings up a situation where a friend of his flew an aircraft where she was the Captain and her sister was the Co-Pilot, which may be a first in aviation history. Very few people seem to know that there are female pilots in the airlines, and automatically assume that a man always does the flying.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Commute to Work Today

Up in the sky, in the boss' Cessna 180 to Bradford, PA to visit a branch office of Aviation Insurance Resources! Isn't it nice to know that you are getting your aircraft insurance from pilots, not just your everyday salespeople? 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

$100 Hamburger: The Fly In Patio Grill

"C'mon! Let's roll!"

It was a sunny Sunday and for once, the calendar was empty. What's a flying couple and their pooch to do? Try out a new $100 hamburger of course! The sun bore down on us as we took the plane out and prepared for the flight. 

Once again, we could not find where Turbo's Mutt Muff's had disappeared to, but it was a short flight. As we ran up, Turbo decided that his puppy platform was a bit too shaky to sit in without much luggage underneath, so he hopped over the seat and into my lap. I guess I would not be flying that leg of the flight!