Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Trip of Choices - Part 3

The last night Up North
Life is nuts. Previously I had written about our flight to upper Michigan. Now it's time to tell you how we (finally) got back! The morning it was time to leave upper Michigan we awoke to some nasty storms on the radar. What was once predicted as "scattered storms" was now a frontal system the size of the whole state. That's summer weather for you! A call to Flight Service told us we would not be departing for at least another 8 hours. Although our plans were once again disrupted, we made the best of it and had lunch at our favorite spot, did some shopping and hit the beach one more time.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SMAC105 Preparing for a Real In-Flight Emergency

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Pre-Flight Checklist
Photograph: Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian
Photograph: Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian

Carl, Rick, Larry, Eric, and Sean are here, as well as a special guest Tom Frick.
Carl realized recently that he is an "AV Geek," or Aviation Geek.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SMAC104 Owen Zupp, Inspirational Aviator from Down Under

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Jabiru and RAAF FA-18

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Carl, Sean, and Victoria are here with our special guest Owen Zupp from Australia! Owen loves to fly for the airlines and is also passionate about General Aviation. Thank you to Plane Crazy Down Under for hooking up Carl and Owen.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Trip of Choices - Part 2

Sleeping puppy number two
In my previous post, I had turned around and landed due to instrument conditions. Instead of arriving in upper Michigan, we were putting the plane away and deciding what to do with our Labor Day weekend. Meanwhile, my brother who we were supposed to pick up along the way, started the drive to upper Michigan. Not ready to give up, we looked at the weather again and determined it was doable in the Glasair since Bob was instrument current and we had on board weather. We unloaded the Cessna and had to go home to get the keys for airplane #2 and our weather map.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Trip of Choices - Part 1

Every time you go to fly, you make a choice. The main choice is to go or not to go. From that is the depth of your preflight, what weather you're willing to go through and around, how much fuel you leave with, how thorough your walk around is. Each choice can have a different outcome and a chain of choices can unfortunately lead to an accident. This weekend was full of choices and hard ones had to be made to avoid such a fate.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are you wearing the pawesomest aviation t-shirt around?

You can't be. Because only 6 have been printed so far for testing. But never fear, they have been approved and thanks to Windtee Aviation you can now get your very own Turbo the Flying Dog t-shirt! Order yours today on Turbo's site! 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

A Friend, Fido & Flight Instructor Flight

Chelle & Turbo
Sunday was the perfect day for a flight, the weather was sunny, clear, and smooth. But it wasn't allowed to be all fun, it had been 60 days since my last IFR flight and time to get refreshed again. Previously, the localizer wasn't working in the Cessna and had since been checked. It was time to see if it was finally working properly and to take up a very good friend, Chelle, for her first flight in a small airplane!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Celebrate National Aviation Day with a FREE Giveaway!

To celebration National Aviation Day and give back to all of my (and Turbo's!) supporters, we are giving away a FREE copy of Turbo's latest book, Turbo Learns to Fly. See below to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway