So without further ado, please meet Rick Felty. Be sure to check out his You Tube page. The man has skillz!
Rick Felty – @RFelty – Beginning as a kid, playing with my father’s early mainframe flight simulator, I’ve always loved things that fly. However I only recently found space in my life to learn how, getting my single-engine land PPL in the summer of 2009. Since I’m a high tech geek, it’s no coincidence that I got there with some of the latest aviation technology, passing my check-ride in a G1000 Cessna 172, after doing most of my primary training in a Cirrus SR20.
As a marketing/advertising executive and writer/producer I’m an avid photographer and videographer, and love turning those lifelong skills loose on my new flying avocation. I’m probably not totally alone when I say that I got into flying because of the amazing visuals. My images can be found at my blog www.rickfelty.com and my flying videos at www.youtube.com/rdfelty.
I balance my time between work, aviation and my amazing supportive family. As the lowest time pilot on the podcast, I hope to add a new pilot’s perspective to the wide-ranging discussions. Oh and I just read Victoria’s bio and would be happy to take any of the non-muffin blueberries she doesn’t want. <---told ya! Class clown.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Aviatrix Aerogram is a monthly ezine (an electronic magazine) distributed as a pdf file. Aviatrix Aerogram is a fun publication geared for women pilots. Our readers range from newbie Student pilots up to ATPs, with everything in between. Some fly for fun, some fly professionally, and some are no longer flying yet still enjoy the opportunity to enthrall us with how things were “back in the day” or to live vicariously through the adventures of other women pilots. Aviatrix Aerogram is a place to share stories and experiences. It is a place to celebrate achievements, such as passing a checkride or a first solo. It is a place to learn the fascinating history of women pilots. Some examples of content:
✈ Competitive Flying
✈ Scholarship Corner
✈ Motherhood and Flying
✈ Question of the Month
✈ Trike Flying
✈ Love Is In the Air
At this time, the distribution of Aviatrix Aerogram is done via email from Laura Smith (at some point in the future we anticipate the publication also being available on the web). To subscribe, a woman pilot joins the “Council of Women Pilots” email group which is distributed by Laura. To join in, please email laura (dot) smith (at) att (dot) net with “CWP OPT IN” in the subject line. It is appreciated if you indicate in the email your pilot certificate type and the city/state/country where you live.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Frederick pilots place in race
Originally published June 28, 2011
By Stephanie Mlot
|Photo by Travis Pratt |
Pilot Lin Caywood, center, shares stories from the 2011 Air Race Classic on Monday at Frederick Municipal Airport.
Lin Caywood and Susan Beall, flying Caywood's Cessna 182 as Team Freakin' Awesome, competed among 43 teams racing 2,722 miles from Iowa City, Iowa, to Mobile, Ala. — looping over the Dakotas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
The friends departed June 16 from Frederick Municipal Airport, representing the Frederick chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots.
In a tight race, Caywood and Beall finished in 8 hours and five minutes, about 40 minutes before the 11th place finishers. Fifty teams registered; seven dropped out.
"We did better than we expected," Caywood said shortly after landing at the airport Monday.
Beall's husband flew her plane to Mobile, where he and Lin's fianc? — who took a commercial flight — met them. The two competitors then flew back to Frederick separately.
Caywood arrived at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Beall, who had to make more fuel stops, was scheduled to land in Frederick by about 9 p.m. Monday.
Team Freakin' Awesome encountered only a few problems along the race route, including losing autopilot during a particularly turbulent section and troubles with oil pressure readings.
Still, Caywood, sporting a 10th-place medal around her neck, called the experience "very rewarding" and a lot of fun.
When the race finished on Friday, Beall and Caywood were told they landed in the top 14 finishers, but all of the teams' planes needed to be inspected before a final verdict was dispensed.
"We had basically resigned ourselves to the fact that maybe we hadn't made it to the top 10," Caywood said.
So, their 10th-place win came as a great surprise, she said.
Caywood's mother, Carol Caywood, said she was glad to have her daughter back on the ground.
"All (of) my friends think she's the craziest person ever," she said of Lin, who spent four consecutive days in the air.
Co-pilots Beall and Caywood each participated in last year's race, but competed together for the first time last week.
"We had a grand time," Caywood said of the partnership.
The women often agreed to disagree, she said, and kept each other calm during each leg of the race.
Caywood, who plans to compete in next year's event, said she would love to race with Beall as her co-pilot again.
"We are very proud of what we did," Caywood said.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Check out more pictures here!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
The ten minute wait circling around outside the SFRA waiting for our clearance and dodging restricted airspace was worth it!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
"Inn 1906, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born. An accomplished pilot herself, she would author several books, including "North to the Orient" in 1935 about a flight over Canada to Asia, and "Listen! The Wind!" in 1938, about transatlantic flights."
Monday, June 20, 2011
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Friday, June 10, 2011
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
|Formation with the C170A|
|Enjoying myself in the 170|
|Us to tower, "Smile, we're taking pictures!"|
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
While landing today...
Tower to airplane: "N123, Cessna on base-number 2 cleared to land."
N123: "I like his close in base."
Don pipes in: "It's a girl!!!"
N123: "Even better!"
We departed towards Lapeer airport once again so we could drop off an autopilot for the Cirrus Don had left there the day before. On the way we preformed slow flight. After a few practice spot and power off landings at Lapeer, we headed back to PTK doing some steep spirals on the way back and a power off 180 to land.
I had plateaued my endurance level and was barely running off of adrenaline by the time we landed. I could tell I was getting frustrated and flustered on the trip back. Once back at 101 I headed over to the auto store to by a cushion so I could reach the rudder pedals in the Cutlass better and to McDonald's to indulge my stomach who was starving and demanding something not so healthy. While Don took Ron (mentioned in day #1 who is finishing his instrument training) I caught up on some work at AIR.
Don and Ron came back two hours later, about a half hour later than inteded due to lots of jet activity in and out of PTK at the time they kept getting routed around. I didn't mind, it gave me time to rest.
We stayed in the pattern at PTK departing from 18 where and continued our pattern work performing spot landings and power off 180s to 9L. We called it an early day after 10 landings since Don had somewhere to be. I went to my parents' house, showered and picked the coziest bed to nap on.
Friday, June 3, 2011
For today, click on the picture to enlarge. See that screw that seems out of place? It's not holding anything on to the plane, so what is it's purpose? There's actually two on the Cutlass and every Cessna has them!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
|I don't know why this published upside down, I wish I was doing aerobatics!|
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