God gave us memories that we might have roses in December. ~ John M. Barrie
As the year closes you are bound to here someone say, "where has the year gone?" Heck, I said it to my coworker yesterday! This year consisted of large peaks of positive moments and also the ultimate lows. These peaks were all a right of passage that have brought me to a new town and a new career, with priceless life lessons learned. These are my favorite flying moments of 2010. I look forward to many more in 2011!
May 19~ Commercial Long XC:
Not really my favorite memory, maybe on the way there and my tour through the Chanute AFB Museum. The 52 knot ground speed on the return trip is memorable to say the least.
June 6~ OC Airshow:
Now a tradition, the Hilton beachfront suite and enjoying the club seats for this amazing airshow never gets old.
June 27~ Put-in-Bay:
I NEEDED a break, I needed a care free party weekend. The best way to do that? Fly in to Put-in-Bay Island in Lake Erie. It was pirate weekend, too!
June 30~ An interview and flying with my brother:
Passing along the excitement of aviation to my little brother. He's a typical teenager, always has to act cool, barely bonds with his big sis. But we did in the air! On the way to this flight I hooked the interview for the job I hold now!
July 26~ Flying Bob around:
I finally got to be in the left seat with my favorite flying buddy. Funny it took so long, but it never worked out until then. Nothing like a sunset flight to say goodbye before he headed back home.
July 27~ Soft Field Landings:
All the flight schools I had attended in the past had a "no grass" policy; all of my soft fields had been safely simulated on a 5,000+ asphalt runway. I had a blast doing practice landings on my first real soft field and can't wait to do some back country flying now!
July 31~ Aerobatics in a Pitts:
Most fun in an airplane ever!!! I was thrown into almost every maneuver you can do in aerobatics and accomplished many maneuvers myself. I will cherish and miss this experience always.
Aug 13~ A Decorated Room:
No amount of money or airplanes could ever compare to the power of friendship. When I thought I may be losing my gift of flight, my friends decorated my room not only to surprise and cheer me up, but to encourage me.
August 15~ Family Reunion flight:
Two family members 1,001 feet above the lake, steeply turning around the rest of the family members waving below; some on the dock drinking and sharing fun stories, the rest on the blue paddle boat fishing.
Oct 1~ Friday's Fabulous Flyer:
My newest and very supportive mentor, Karlene, featured me in her weekly edition of "Friday's Fabulous Flyer." Words cannot explain how great it felt to be written about alongside other pilots who are simply inspirational.
Sept 11~ Taking apart Bob's plane:
I don't mind getting down and dirty, especially when airplane's are involved. The great conversation with new friends and the chocolate covered strawberries weren't too shabby, either!
Sept 19~ The little things:
It was a day of fun flights including a trip to York, PA for lunch, then Smoketown, PA to visit family. My favorite moment from those flights was helping my cousin, Sarah, into the right seat of Bob's plane and later watching her jump up and down for joy as we took off. I'll be flying back in the spring with a flight lesson waiting for her.
Nov 7~ Primo Barones:
A delish and romantic Italian meal with the boyfriend and an excellent view of the runway. Best $100 hamburger yet.OMG OMG OMG!
It has taken me so long and I worked so hard and got so close to becoming a commercial pilot. It was put on hold again in October. I didn't know when I'd ever be able to finish. But I do now! I got a grant. I will become a commercial rated pilot in 2011!
Wow! What a year it has been and that's not the half of it! What are your favorite aviation memories of 2010? Have a safe and happy New Year!!!