Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guess who got engaged and where?!?

Bob and I did!  At an airport!  Would you expect anything less? 
Bob was very creative and of course infused some of our favorite things into the three day long (yes you read that correctly!) proposal.

It started Monday when Bob came downstairs to hand me a gift (wrapped in a sectional chart, mind you).  Inside was a GPS and a picture of a broken tree with some coordinates on it.  

Tuesday after work we went to those coordinates!  It took us off trail in Gambrill State park, after walking around aimlessly for a while due to an inaccurate GPS, we finally found the spot!  Under the tree and below some bark was a shovel.  Was I to dig?  Not yet!  There were more coordinates written on the shovel!
The coordinates took us to W73, the Mid Atlantic Soaring Center Airport just over the border of MD in PA.  Unfortunately, due to the horrid weather we've been having, it was two days before we could go!

We finally went in the morning to beat the storms and almost didn't make it due to an overcast cloud layer.  Luckily there was a hole in the clouds and we quickly spiraled down and landed.  I quickly hopped out and headed on over to the next spot.  It was just over a ten minute flight in the company Cessna.
It has been raining A LOT and it was VERY WET!  I found my spot and began to dig but the hole kept filling up with water.  I finally just had to stick my hand in to pull out a Pelican case.

Well...you know what was in it :o)

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This is where I'd usually stop, but this blog is about flying!  So here's a bit about the airport:

The runway is 2,700ft x 50ft, but a lot of that is taken away by a very long displaced threshold.  This is due to 50 foot trees on final just to the left of centerline on Runway 33.  Since those trees terrified, I just made sure I cleared them, then chopped and dropped it to the runway.  Mind your speed because it can be easy to float and run out of runway.  Also, we experienced quite a bit of shimmying when braking because the end of the runway isn't in the best condition.  Do you know what marks the end of the runway?  Tires.  Yep.  Tires and then it's a road and someone's yard!  An important thing to know is that you always land on Runway 33, which goes uphill.  In turn, you always depart downhill, on Runway 15 which is unmarked.
The airport is quiet and has a great view of the mountains-to include Liberty ski hill which you can see from the runway.  There's an adorable little gazebo alongside the taxiway which has solar panels on the top that actually run all of the weather equipment.  Apparently Fairfield is the happening place on the weekend, one whole area is devoted to motor homes and trailers where glider pilots stay while flying on the weekends.  would love to visit during that time!
One more important thing: W73 is near P40 and when it's expanded, it is within the outer ring.  So check with flight service before you go!  We passed a corn maze along the way.  There was a fighter jet along the top of it.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tailwinds Over Frederick

The beautiful hot air balloon, Tailwind, recently had a perfect flight over historic downtown Frederick.  Check out the video and go like them on Facebook or even book a flight!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reno Tragedy-Must Read Article

I have yet to post anything on the events this weekend, both at the Martinsburg Airshow and the Reno Air Races.  My heart and prayers go out to all involved.  I hope races and airshows continue for many years to come and that the media does not effect this.  Below is an amazing article about the tragedy at Reno.  Please read.

The Galloping Ghost Tragedy... Life, Risk, And The Future 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Flying Fish

I don't like beer, but I love this bottle cap!  Introducing, the Flying Fish Brewing Co. We were at one of our favorite local pubs for dinner today and this one was one the many bottle caps displayed in our booth.

This was a fun weekend full of friends, but unfortunately no flying.  We did, however, enjoy helping the Hot Air Balloon Tailwind do its first tether flight, flying over 95 people at Haymarket Days in VA.  It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Episode #9 of the Stuck Mic AvCast is Out!

Raise your headphones to your ears and listen like you have no cares, Stuck Mic AvCast Episode 9 is here!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

How I Honored September 11th

Today I had intended to stay on the ground and out of trouble due to the increased securities and extra TFRs around the DC area.  However, due to the beautiful weather, it didn't last long.  I headed out to FDK to meet up with Jill and help her out with a video for Flight Training magazine.  Soon a mutual friend came by and we spent some time with him and I then joined him for a flight in his Decathlon.  He is a retired airline pilot and lost many friends in the September 11th attacks.  I was so happy to see him up in the sky for the third time today enjoying what he loved most and glad he wanted to share it with me.  Later on we would soon be joined by more friends and enjoyed an afternoon full of hangar talk.  It was so wonderful to see so many people out at the airport today!

Today...

...brings different emotions and memories for each individual.  I originally thought of writing a lengthily post commemorating this anniversary, but I don't feel that I would ever be able to touch the depths of such a day.  Instead, I offer up a prayer, that our skies will stay safe and that they will remain a place that pilots and enthusiasts seek for freedom.  God bless!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Alaska Wing Men

Discovered the new three part series, Alaska Wing Men on NatGeo last night.  I did not find it as funny as Flying Wild Alaska, but more enjoyable than Ice Pilots.  Aviation geeks: watch for consistency!  In the beginning the plane landing was a radial engine, the one departing was a turbine.  Same paint scheme-different plane!  Oh and they have helicopters and seaplanes, too, so that was a nice mix up compared to other shows.  There seems to be a lot of neat aviation shows coming out, especially set in Alaska.  What's your favorite?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Homeward Bound

Just got back home from a very hazy flight with an oncoming sinus infection.  It wasn't the most enjoyable for me due to that combination, but boy with that lovely landing you could not tell! :o)


Saturday, September 3, 2011

A flight with some firsts

It's Bob's grandfather's 80th birthday celebration in the Philadelphia area this weekend, we turned our noses up to the idea of the 3 1/2 hour drive and did what we love best, flying!  This was a particularly special flight because it was the first time his parents would see my company plane and know for sure that I was the one landing, haha! It was also the first time that his sister has flown with me.  She enjoyed the flight, took a few pictures for me, and cuddled up under a blanket in the backseat with her iPod.  Upon landing, Bob's father could not get over how quiet the Cessna was compared to the Glasair, and how large it was too!




Friday, September 2, 2011

An Aviation Podcast for the Gals

An independent and strong single mother, Zyola found herself unemployed, but not without hope.  When most would be filled with dispair at their circumstances, Zyola, a native Hawaiian, took charge and plunged into pursuing her lifelong dream of an aviation career.  As if hurdling towards a career in Aerospace Engineering didn't take an extensive amount of work, Zyola has managed to commit time to creating an aviation podcast focusing on a minority in this industry: women.  The BoXX Office "speaks to the power of women in aviation. It is a play on the term "cockpit" and used in both military and civilian terminology to represent the rare flights when women comprise the entirety of the flight crew. The extra "X" included in the name of "The BoXX Office" is a genetic reference to the two X-chromosomes of womankind." 

Female or male, I encourage you to listen to this great new podcast!  http://theboxxoffice.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Episode 8 of the Stuck Mic AvCast is Out!

Wow.  Time flies (no pun intended)!  We just recorded episode 10 two nights ago and episode 8 is finally out for your listening pleasure!  I hope you have been enjoying listening to our little podcast, it has been fun to record for you!  Go, enjoy it now!