Monday, November 17, 2014

Daring to Be: GPS Track Writing Scholarship Flight

Recently I learned of the generous scholarship for 99s members called "Dare to Be Different". It isn't your typical scholarship, there was is no essay required and it did not contain a list of the usual requirements. The only requirement? Be different. Challenge accepted!

Below is my "application" for the "Dare to Be Different" scholarship. I decided to do my own kind of skywriting-with a GPS track! In case you cannot tell, my GPS track says Dare 2 B (adding different would have taken a lot more time). Someday I hope I can do some "real" sky writing to inspire someone with similar words that they can actually see in the sky. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Saturday Morning Flight

I had a remarkable flight yesterday! I wish I could tell you about it, but it's part of a little project for a scholarship. You will get all the how-tos and explanations and video soon-that's my project for today. So in the meantime, here are some photos of yesterday's flight:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Children’s Book Promoting Aviation to Release 12/08/14

The Kickstarter funded children’s book, Turbo the Flying Dog, is expected to be available for purchase online on December 8th, 2014: Just in time for the holiday season. Turbo the Flying Dog tells the story of Turbo, a lonely shelter mutt. The day Turbo discovers he will finally have a new home and a family he learns he must first get there by plane. Turbo has never seen a plane before, let alone flown in one, and as the story unfolds he discovers that he just may enjoy flying!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Full Moon Flight

Turbo wakes up for the taxi back
A short and sweet description of my flight last night:

The night air was smooth and the clouds above were lit by the full moon, cities sparkled below. My friend, Joe, needed some extra hours and I needed an excuse to bring someone to fly with me and help me put the plane away. It was a perfect arrangement. We flew to IDI, Jimmy Stewart Airport, and had fun trying to sound like Jimmy Stewart airport and poking fun of points on the approach such as BOMSO. We flew a total of 2.8 and I got to practice an approach and log some simulated instrument time. It was needed practice, but fun learning. Our ground speed was barely 70 knots on the way up, but the flight returning to FDK felt like a breeze! Turbo slept in the back like the good pup that he is. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Children's Aviation Book for Sale at Sugar Valley

From pilot and author, Jeff Kennon:

Big News! 

My book, The Day I Learned to Fly is now going to be available for children at Sugar Valley Airport (5NC2 ).(  

Though I learned to fly using my imagination when I was a child, I earned my Private Pilot License at Sugar Valley. If you've never flown in, they would love to have a visit from you. Every fall they have a major Fly-In. It's worth the trip. 

Don't forget, Christmas is just around the corner, and for those kids who dream of flying (… and what kids don’t), this would make a great gift.(

Thank you Susan  Baggett for your willingness to use my book! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pup in a Pitts

Earlier this week, I was in need of some more photos of Turbo doing fun aviation things to promote the Turbo the Flying Dog book series. We had recently purchased him some "doggles" upon the suggestion of many of his fans to make him look the part. His fancy pair of doggles are a bright yellow, so I thought what better than to do a photoshoot of him in my boss' yellow Pitts with black stripes. Without further ado, here are some snippets of the awesome shoot:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oh! A Crosswind!

After work yesterday, I took the company Cessna 172 up for a quick hop around the pattern and a circle over our house. Bob sat beside me and Turbo slept in the back. Yes, the moment the Mutt Muffs went on, Turbo was snoring. Thanks for your support, pup! 
This is just your friendly reminder that there are things called "crosswinds" up there in the air. As a commercial instrument pilot, these had completely left my mind and I kept overshooting my base to final because of them. Be aware of the wind my friends!

Other than that, it was an enjoyable half hour sunset flight! Here are some photos.