Monday, September 12, 2016

Life lessons through Flying [Guest Post]

I have been working steadily behind my real life job on my IFR ticket.I plan on trying to be a CFI and give back this gift of flight. I work anywhere from 55 to 80 hours a week outside of aviation, I am a single dad and engaged. I am stretched pretty thin when it comes to study and flying time. Like the rest of you, money doesn’t grow on a tree for me either. I am lucky if I get to fly once a week so this training has been a long haul. Recently, I had to travel to Las Vegas for a business trip. I had a half day to myself and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could do some IFR training over Vegas while I am there?” Sure! So I made a plan… at least I ‘thought’ I made a plan.  

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fly on over to my blog

at! I feel called to write there more lately, so if you wish to keep following my adventures, please bookmark my other blog. As always, thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

New Post over at Confidence to Fly!

As mentioned in my previous post, I started another blog about gaining confidence with an aviation twist. My latest post is below. Be sure to bookmark Confidence to Fly to keep reading more! 

After my divorce, even the thought of dating brought a sickness into my stomach. But I knew in order to move on with my life I would just have to rip that bandage off in one possibly painful swoop. Slowly but surely, it would get easier and I wouldn't wince before the pull. There is no one there to rescue you from a potential bad date or stop you from saying something embarrassing. The outcome of the night could be amazing, or an absolute letdown.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

NEW Blog! -- Confidence to Fly

Good morning!

Yes, my blog has been a bit scarce lately as I have been through quite a few life changes. But I am back along with a NEW blog! While The Pixie Pilot will remain updated with my aviation adventures, feel free to explore aviation and life more deeply at Confidence to Fly. Read more below:

Every pilot remembers the day that their flight instructor stepped out of the airplane and you were left completely alone inside the cockpit for the very first time. What happened from that moment forward was determined by your actions, you were the pilot in command. All of your training has led you to this moment, but it was up to you to push the throttle forward and take off. Much like that student pilot nervously reaching for the throttle, many life changes leave you feeling quite alone and anxious. It is in this moment where you find the courage to fly solo, that creates you into the individual you are destined to be.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Balloon Chase in an MTOsport Gyro

Wow! Time flies and life has been so hectic that I have not taken to the air. I've missed it, I've craved it! Well, last night that thirst for flight was finally quenched in none other than an MTOsport Gyro! I always love the "real flying" experience with the wind passing by and the MTOsport provided just that. It belonged to my friend Frank and he's now going down the list (as all of us pilots do) of people he had promised rides to. I was happy to be towards the top of that long list!

Friday, April 15, 2016

SMAC118 Live from Sun N Fun 2016

Pre-Flight Checklist:
This is a special, LIVE episode of Stuck Mic from the Sun N Fun Air Show! Carl is joined by special c0-hosts Russ Roslewski, Larry Overstreet, Robert Cigliano, Tom Frick, Eric Crump, and Derek Lagasse.
  • Carl is meeting Russ Roslewski in person for the first time. Russ has his own CFI blog and accepts user submissions.
  • Eric Crump announced that he missed announcing some people in his initial welcome to Sun N Fun including his wife and kids, Dad, and his Mom.
Cruise Flight:
  • Polk State College asked Carl to be the coach of the flight team this year, and it has been a great year. The team captain also joined them on the deck. M0A donated so they could have a plane to use. Kevin Lacey of Airplane Repo promoted the organization. A number of others donated and assisted including ASA and the local FBO. You can donate to the team as well.
  • The captain of the flight team this year is now a working pilot flying around the Caribbean and will be Assistant Coach next year.
  • Rod of Open Airplane stopped by the deck to talk about the way they rent airplanes the same way people rent cars.
  • AOPA is advocating starting a flight club, and is giving away an airplane to support it. Check out their site for details.
  • Ken Cage of Airplane Repo discusses their show and how it promotes aviation.
  • Rob Williams, Executive Director for the Aerospace Center for Excellence
  • Victoria and Turbo the Flying of Dog joined by Skype
  • Listener mail about accidents or incidents, which led to a discussion about talking about your mistakes and learning from them.
  • Inspiring future aviators
After Landing Checklist:
~Picks of the Week~
No picks of the week as this is a live interview show.
Photo Credit @pilotmandi on Instagram
This episode is sponsored by Aviation Careers Podcast and the Aerospace Scholarships Guide
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Monday, April 4, 2016

SMAC117 Crosswind Landings – What Is Your Limit?

Welcome aviators and airplane geeks to the show where we talk about learning to fly, living to fly, and loving to fly. Spring is upon us and for many this is the season where we start flying again from a winter break. It also is the season of dynamic changes in weather and strong winds. Tonight we are going to discuss one of the most important topics and one that can prevent most landing accidents; crosswind landings and how to set our personal limits.

Joining us this evening we have with us aviators from a variety of backgrounds including flight instructors, new pilots, and airline pilots. This should be an interesting discussion and most importantly I hope you will learn something about setting your own personal crosswind limits.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

$500 Aviation Scholarship Opportunity

A $500 aviation scholarship is being offered for student pilots and pilots to help further their training. Sponsored by Frederick based aviation insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), the Get into the Air scholarship can be used towards any phase of flight training, a flight review, written exam, instrument proficiency check or a check ride.

AIR is seeking an applicant whose essay and recommendation letter best describes their goals, drive and involvement in the aviation industry. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2016 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The deadline to enter is June 15th. Scholarship applications are available for download at

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)
Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For scholarship questions or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SMAC113 NTSB Most Wanted List

Pre-Flight Checklist:
We have a special show tonight with a big cast of characters: Rick Felty, Victoria Zajko, Tom Frick, Larry Overstreet and Sean Moody. Paul Grieco also joins us tonight as a special guest.