Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Below is a guest post by yours truly on the Airplanista Aviation Blog:

The sun was setting as Bill pulled out folding chairs for himself and his friend Jeff. The soda cans hissed as they opened and the men sat down and breathed in the airport scenery. The hangar chat soon turned towards aircraft insurance. Bill’s Cessna 180 policy was expiring next month and he was surprised to hear he was paying considerably more than Jeff who also had a Cessna 180! Bill promptly pulled out his cellphone to call a fellow pilot who was an aviation insurance broker.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Uncharted Territory

The following is an excerpt from the October Aviatrix Aerogram, a monthly e-zine for women. To get involved with this magazine for woman pilots and produced by woman pilots email laurasmith at This article was a part of a serious highlighting various pilots around different regions of the world.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Turbo the Flying Dog Explores Aviation History in Third Book

Turbo, star of the children’s book Turbo the Flying Dog, returns for the third book in his series, Turbo Flies Through History, scheduled for release November 19, 2016. Children 4-8 will follow along as Turbo and his best friend Olive travel through the history of aviation on an amazing adventure.

 The series is inspired by the real-life rescue dogs of authors Kelly Kennedy and Victoria Neuville, and focuses on rescue and aviation themes. In the new book, young readers will join Turbo and Olive as they teach each other about the popular planes of the past as well as lesser known moments in the history of flight.

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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