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!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sunset Balloon Flight

Bob and I were back in the air (and lighter than air!) last night with our friends over at Tailwinds Over Frederick. This was our third flight with Tailwinds and our fourth balloon flight overall. The magic has yet to be lost on us!

We met the rest of the team over in Woodsboro and began setting up the balloon. It had been a year since I last crewed but after a refresher on what to do, it was like the "good ol' days". We had to adjust our setup location once for winds, but everything went smoothly. As it turns out, the other couple that would be flying with us that night shared the same anniversary as Bob and I. They were great to fly with and fun people to get to know while several thousand feet in the air while held up by an envelope.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Just some thankfulness I shared on social media that I thought to share here as well. Look how little!

Friday, August 1, 2014

SMAC077 Regaining your Currency And A Surprise Guest

Pre-Flight Checklist
We have a surprise guest host this week! Also this week is the AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Cruise Flight
  • This week's main discussion is on getting current in single engine after a long hiatus.
  • Practice techniques to keep current or "knock the rust off"
  • Finding the time and money to afford practice
  • Len discusses the difficulties in keeping current when living in a foreign country
  • Differences in aviation and airlines in other parts of the world

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Sneak Peek at 50 More Tales of Flight

The Next Step - Sneak Peak of 50 More Tales of Flight by: Owen Zupp

There was no escaping it. After six weeks of waiting the day had arrived, or, more accurately, it had emerged from a sleepless night. It was still dark as I drove into the airport with my father and only a few offices emitted a glow from the windows in their back rooms. In contrast, the flight briefing office near the runway’s edge was a hive of activity, with bright fluorescent lights and charter pilots checking weather forecasts before submitting flight plans. If today went well, perhaps I would one day be checking charts and drinking coffee before the sun had peeped its head above the horizon. Only today would tell. Today I would give my utmost to become a licensed commercial pilot.