Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lake Orion female pilot fundraises flight to Africa

Aw look at this! I've made it into my hometown newspaper :)
 

by Meg Peters
July 31, 2013

When landing in the desert, LOHS 2003 graduate Victoria Neuville Zajko is always scanning for bumps, rocks, or anything that could make it too eventful.

With one other French female pilot, Zajko will spend 50 hours flying a four-seat, 50-gallon Cessna 172 airplane on a famous airmail route from France to Senegal, Africa, to deliver 500 plus paper airplanes.

Her mission is to spread the possibility of flight to boys and girls while air-bridging the two different cultures.

The Kids Airbridge is a 100 percent community funded project that will 'twin' 20 classrooms of kids aged six to twelve in North America to 20 Senegalese classrooms in order to collaboratively learn about aviation.

Their first assignment is sending over hand-made paper airplanes, with the other assignments collaborating over the Internet to learn aviation history, the physics of flying, geography skills and even art.

"This is for boys and girls from both sides of the world," she said. "I hope they get to learn about new cultures and see that despite their differences each class is capable of achieving great things."

Beginning in Toulhouse, France, they will jet over to Spain, fly through Morocco and into Africa for 14 days, staying in a different city each night.

It's not flying the small airplane over the ocean, desert, and foreign countries that make her a little nervous; it's the foreign countries.

"They each have their own rules and different airspace I have to learn about, I'm going to have to have my head screwed on straight, we are going to be flying over the desert and over water," she said. "If something goes wrong, and you have to land in the middle of nowhere, that's something you have to think about."

She will prepare extensively for the trip and have alternate options for each landing.

This opportunity did not fly out of nowhere, however, as it took her almost a decade to get to where she is today, mainly because it is in her blood.

Her father, both grandfathers, and uncle were all pilots. Her great uncle was a WWII ace. Her dad paid for her to attend ground school at age 15 where she flew her first discovery flight.

She began college, dropped her academic load to become a pilot and was about to complete her commercial pilot training when she learned she had a detached retina, forcing her to stop flying for a while.

After two laser treatments she passed the exam required for commercial pilots.

Following her move to Frederick, MD where she currently works in aviation insurance, she joined a brand new airport community and discovered a movement called Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

Their main goal is to introduce girls and women to aviation—only six percent of the pilot population is female—and encourage them to enter aeronautic vocations.

After earning the airport a world-record for an event she created, helping more than 750 females experience their first flights in a small aircraft, she became the "partner in crime" to Mireille Goyer, the founder of Women of Aviation, and also co-pilot to the Senegal mission.

Together the duet has launched the Kids Airbridge Initiative after Goyer came to Zajko with the idea. "I was like I'll go anywhere, I'll fly anything. This is wonderful," Zajko said.

"It sprouted from the impact we were making from that event, and now we are retracing a historical route," she said.

Because the Kids Airbridge is funded only through donations on an online website, http://www.kidsairbridge.org/, if donations don't amount to exactly $25,000, they will all be returned and the project will be postponed.

With the design of the website a donator can choose from a list of possible amounts, each amount granting them a "perk" or little gift as a thank-you.

If a donator contributes $1,500, they can select a classroom out of any city in North America to participate in the yearlong project. Donations will cover more than operational costs of the project, they will cover the collaborative website development between continents and a percentage of them will purchase school supplies given to the Senegalese students.

She would really like Lake Orion to host one of the 20 schools.

"I know those schools, I would love to go back and personally pick up the mail myself," she said, having attended Pine Tree, Waldon and Lake Orion High.

She is confident that the Kids Airbridge Initiative will take place, whether this year or over the next few years.

"I don't give up very easily, so if it doesn't happen now it will happen in the future. I know Goyer is the same stubborn pilot I am," she said.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The AIR-Bros are Returning to Booth #1141 at Oshkosh this Wednesday!

Following a fun opening day which included an autograph session from our favorite "AIR-Bros", AIR-Pros has opened the booth up again to our goofy, airplane loving chums. Stop by booth #1141 to get in on the action and take home a piece of #OSH14 memorabilia ;)

AIR-Bros Return to Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Booth for Second Autograph Session at Oshkosh

Pilots to use aviation to link schools in N. America, Africa

Pilots to use aviation to link schools in N. America, Africa

July 24, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
 
Two pilots hope to raise funds to enable them to create an “airbridge” between hundreds of North American schoolchildren and their counterparts in Africa. The pilots want to use aviation as a common denominator by encouraging students to collaborate on assignments.
 
Mireille Goyer, founder of the Kids Airbridge initiative, said the goal is to “motivate academic excellence among school kids and give them a chance to enjoy collaborating with others despite cultural differences.” Classes of North American children would be paired with children in Senegal to create 10 “airbridges,” and the twinned groups would perform a series of assignments. The first assignment involves creating paper airplanes as a gift of friendship.
 
Goyer and Victoria Zajko plan to deliver the paper airplanes by flying a Cessna 172 from France to Senegal. The two will follow the first trans-continental airmail route, known as the Aéropostale route. Goyer and Zajko are team leaders of the Women of Aviation Worldwide initiative, which seeks to draw more girls and women into aviation and aerospace.
 
A crowd-source funding campaign launched in July, and ends Aug. 23. Goyer and Zajko hope to raise $25,000. Along with funding the trip, which is planned to take place Oct. 4, and purchasing school supplies for classrooms in Senegal, they seek to create a secure computer platform that would enable the participating children to take an interactive role in tracking the flight and communicate with their bridge classmates.
 
Various levels of sponsorship are available, ranging from $10 for a personalized thank-you to $5,000 for the ability to put your logo on the airplane that will fly from France to Africa.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Launches New Mobile Friendly

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) Launches New Mobile Friendly
Website for Oshkosh Attendees

Contact: Chris Wolbert
cwolbert@air-pros.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oshkosh, WI - July 29, 2013 – Today’s technology is what connects the world together. Good lunch places are easier to find, photos are shared with friends in seconds and pilots and aviation enthusiasts can easily network at large events.
 
Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) had these users in mind while redesigning their website. Ease of access was a priority, so AIR used the latest in web technologies to create an interface that is compatible with all mobile devices and browsers.
 
The new website is an excellent resource for those shopping for aircraft insurance. AIR’s innovative “Quick Quote” feature sends contact information directly to AIR with minimal effort. An AIR pilot and agent will quickly respond to gather further information and provide customers with a free and competitive quotation. Commercial quotes, corporate aircraft quotes and renter insurance quotes are also available for request online.
 
The enhanced “Resources” section contains valuable information on aircraft insurance. Topics such as Light Sport Aircraft, Aircraft Valuation and Mexican Insurance are covered. A new collection of Aviation Insurance Videos will also be available to answer common questions on aircraft insurance needs.
 
AIR’s redesigned website is available just in time for EAA AirVenture 2013 at www.AIR-PROS.com. AIR customers and pilot friends are invited to access the new website at AirVenture or stop by their booth in Building A, Booth 1141 to get an aircraft insurance quote in person.
 
To find out more about EAA AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh or Aircraft Insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive your free Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meet the AIR-Bros at Oshkosh!

I met these guys last year while working the booth for AIR - they are too much fun!

 
Contact: Chris Wolbert
cwolbert@air-pros.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oshkosh, WI - July 24, 2013 - Year after year, friends come back to EAA AirVenture to share their love for aviation. Some friends have just started in this new tradition and others have been doing it since AirVenture's inception.

Our friends Jeff “Rocco” Emanuel and Jeff Barrette have been a staple at Oshkosh for many years and never leave without paying a visit to Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) in Building A, Booth 1141. Dubbed the "AIR-Bros" by their friends at AIR, the hangar chat quickly turned to a lasting friendship. Later, the two best friends would become AIR's favorite ad on the back cover of Aviators Hot Line.

While discussing how many insurance companies often focus on free hats and giveaways instead of quality customer service, AIR remembered one of their favorite photos of the AIR-Bros wearing hats donned with collectable windsocks and pins. This fun photo quickly became a new backdrop at their Oshkosh booth and a new ad.

AIR will host an AIR-Bros autograph session on Monday, July 29th at 11:30AM at their booth in Building A, #1141. Everyone is welcome to bring their copy of Aviators Hot Line for the Bros to sign.

To find out more about EAA AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh or Aircraft Insurance, please contact Aviation Insurance Resources by calling 877-247-7767 or visit AIR-PROS.com today to receive your free Aircraft insurance quote! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+. 

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Surprising Surprise Flight Part 2

Anxious to learn where my surprise trip to Ottawa led me to? Not as much as me, I'm sure! While exploring the city of Ottawa, I passed a flyer for Cirque du Soleil's Totem. 

"Aw man! Cirque du Soliel is here!" I had exclaimed.

"I thought you've seen that one." Bob said.

"Nope!" I replied and went on to explain the 8 times I have been to Cirque du Soliel shows.

In the back of my head, I wondered "Is that it?" but Bob didn't give up much. So I tossed that idea out of my mind. That was until our drive took us near the Palladium where the Senators hockey team plays. I knew we were not attending a hockey game. 

"Are we seeing Cirque du Soliel?!" I asked excitedly.

"No." said Bob.

I looked out the window, mind turning, what could it be!?!


Soon, a blue and yellow striped tent appeared before us and I knew my husband was a liar.

I slapped him, "We're seeing Cirque du Soliel!" He handed over the tickets and they were great seats!

I'm worried about how good of a liar my precious husband is now! Not only did he lie down to the very moment about taking me to see my favorite performance group, he did so by taking me into another country! There's talent :)

This now marks my ninth Cirque du Soliel performance I have attended, but the 6th show. It is up as one of my favorites, I'm not sure if the adrenaline rush from the surprise affected that or not. The music was amazing as was the set and as always, the performances. It had some of the best clown scenes in all of the Cirque performances that I have seen, which is funny because usually those are my least favorite part.

Bravo, hubby, bravo. You did great!


Unfortunately, a bit of all that joy was overshadowed by the broken airplane awaiting us at Ottawa International. No mechanics would be in until the following day and unfortunately, staying the night was not an option. We stopped by Tim Hortons for some snacks (a place a very much miss from my Michigan life) and started the 8 1/2 hour drive home in our rental.

For more pictures from our Canadian adventure, click here!

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Surprising Surprise Flight Part 1

Life is full of surprises, in fact just over five years ago I was surprised to find myself travelling many miles with a new man in my life. I would have been even more surprised if you would tell me that in July of 2013, we would be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary! The many surprises life has brought my way have brought very much joy, others such as the life half of this past weekend, we could do without!

Bob is a tricky man and was insistent on making our first anniversary special with a surprise day trip for me. It was a bit torturous because he would barely give me any clues. He was vague with comments such as "The thing is not known for the place" and "it's 300-500 nautical miles away" and "we can have lunch at the place but there isn't eating at the thing." The sneaky man was driving me nuts, but finally the day of the "place with the thing" came and we were on our way. Bob put the radios to ISO each time he had to mention something to tower or ATC. All I knew was that we were headed North!

As Bob flew, my mind turned. I found it odd when the radios had to be muted on my headset while Bob talked. It was so quiet and you forget how flight following can become such a integrated part of a cross country flight. While over the center of New York, Bob asked if I had any clue as to where we were headed.
"Canada?" I asked.
"Do you have your passport?"
"No."
"Guess it's not Canada, then!" he replied.

He lied. Just a half hour later, the controller surprised Bob by asking him to confirm that our destination was Ottawa International Airport (YOW). I gave him an astonished look while Bob pulled out my passport from his pocket. I still had no idea what we were going to be doing there.

Flying to Canada is not too complicated. You must land at a destination with customs and call 2-48 hours ahead of time to inform them of your future arrival. When going VFR, you must also file a VFR flight plan and activate it with flight service once in the air. After landing, the procedure is to call customs to inform them of your arrival. When returning from Canada, you must land at the first airport along your route with customs available. However, since we'd be returning late, Bob was unsure of we'd return during their working hours so he filed for an overflight permit which allowed us to continue onto Dulles and clear customs there. However, that part of the trip did not happen for us...

On the flight over, we had noticed that the well where the manual flaps are had a lot of air coming out of it. This meant only one thing: the gear must not be up all the way. Bob recycled them, but with no change. Upon landing (which should have been just fine) the plane started swerving and bouncing. Bob got it under control but then my side suddenly dropped lower. We slowly turned onto the taxi way and informed the tower we thought we had a tire blowout. While Bob held the brakes, I jumped out to assess the damage and determine if we could taxi further. As it turns out the tire was fine, the strut, however, had collapsed. We taxied while lopsided on the way to the ramp. 

The ground crew around YOW was extremely helpful in their aid to our aircraft and very friendly to chat with while we awaited a mechanic that would not come. It turns out that mechanics don't like to work at a big international airport on Sundays! Who would have thought? Luckily, we had a surprise to head off to while we awaited someone to hopefully come in and help two stranded Americans out. 

First up was lunch in downtown Ottawa. We took the two minute walk from Shell Aerocentre and picked up our rental from Hertz in the main terminal. YOW is just over 10 minutes from the airport and it was relatively easy to find a parking spot and to navigate. We enjoyed a delicious Mediterranean meal outside at the 73 North restaurant. It was the perfect spot for people watching and a great place to continue our walk on to visit the beautiful and historic Parliament buildings. After grabbing some mouth watering gelato at Piccolo Grande, it was finally time for the drive to the surprise!

What was it? You must wait for part 2!

Friday, July 19, 2013

All-female flight crew flies a Cessna along the Aéropostale airmail route to connect school kids across continents

The Kids Airbridge program connects school kids of North America and Africa to teach them how to collaborate despite their cultural differences in order to complete aviation-centric class assignments.

Contact: Mireille Goyer


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Delta - July 18, 2013 - Flying puts magic in people's lives. It opens up minds and helps bridge differences by bringing people together.

Using aviation as the motivator, the Kids Airbridge initiative aims to encourage school kids in North America and Africa to study aviation history, geography, science, and art as well as to learn how to collaborate despite their cultural differences in order to complete common academic assignments centering on aviation.

During the crowd-funding campaign ending on August 23, 2013, the public is invited to suggest or sponsor classes of kids, ages 6-12, located in North America. Selected North American classes will be individually twinned with classes in Senegal, Africa, to form an airbridge for the scholar year.

The first class assignment consists of creating paper airplanes as a gift of friendship. These creations will be hand delivered by female pilots Mireille Goyer and Victoria Zajko during an historical flight from France to Senegal along the first trans-continental airmail route, the Aéropostale route. They will decorate the respective classrooms throughout the scholar year.

The flight departing on October 4, 2013, will also help raise funds to create a secured online collaborative environment for the kids and provide much needed school supplies for the African school kids. Furthermore, the kids will have an opportunity to learn the many facets of flight operation as they track their precious 'airmail' online.

"Our goal is to motivate academic excellence among school kids and give them a chance to enjoy collaborating with others despite cultural differences," says Mireille Goyer, an award-winning pilot and the founder of the Kids Airbridge initiative.

During the first year, the initiative is restricted to 20 classes or 10 airbridges. It will directly affect approximately one thousand students. Everyone is invited to follow the flight online.

For more information about the Kids Airbridge initiative, please visit the website at www.KidsAirbridge.org. A link to the crowd-funding campaign is available on the website.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SMAC One-On-One with OpenAirplane!

Be sure to check out our interview on the Stuck Mic AvCast with commercial pilot and co-founder of OpenAirplane, Rod Rakic, to talk about his flight adventures in Civil Air Patrol. Everything from how we got started to working his way up the ranks to mission pilot. Rod also shares some really neat information about the organization itself like how you can participate and many of the different types of volunteer opportunities available, even for the non-pilot out there.
 
This interview with Rod is actually Part 1 of a 2 part series. Part 2 will release next as Episode 52 as we learn everything there is to know about OpenAirplane, especially how it’s going to revolutionize the aircraft rental industry as you know it. Good news is you’ll finally be able to rent an aircraft at any participating FBO in the country WITHOUT have to do any additional rental checkouts. Yea, it’s that awesome.
 
 
Episode 52 is part 2 in this series where Rod explains everything there is to know about OpenAirplane and our predictions on how it’ll revolutionize the aircraft rental industry as you know it. Haven’t heard of OpenAirplane yet? Basically you’ll finally be able to rent an aircraft WITHOUT having to to do multiple checkouts for each FBO you fly out of. Yea, it’s the bomb, yo!
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

I Can't Wait for Air Fare America!

I'm so excited for the new TV show Air Fare America and super excited to finally share their teaser video (featuring yours truly) with you today!
 
Air Fare America is a travel and food series in development by Maryland based Armchair Aviatrix, LLC and Washington DC's Interface Media Group. Air Fare flies into small airports around the country to experience what locals and pilots have known for decades; their airports house a treasure trove of food, finds and personalities. From the seaplane bases in Florida, to the "Airport in the Sky" at Santa Catalina Island, to the grass landing strip at Smiley Creek, Idaho, each episode is a flight-seeing journey. Our hosts visit fly-in restaurants and cafes that pilots flock to, look behind the hangar doors for antiques that reveal golden eras in the airports' histories and experience airborne adventures that make each stop a trip. A sizzle reel filmed at Hagerstown Airport earlier this year teases the types of places Air Fare will visit and people they'll meet along the way. The producers are grateful to&nbsp Middle River Aviation, Nick's Airport Inn, the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown Regional Airport and Victoria Neuville Zajko for sharing their stories. To learn more, visit Air Fare America on Facebook or at www.AirFareAmerica.net.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

$100 Hamburger and the $100 Hedgehog

Just a few days ago, our hedgehog, Quillson, passed away. Since we were in Ohio for a concert and there was a reputable breeder nearby, we decided to fly over to pick up a new pointy friend. The airport closest to the Millermeade Farm's Critter Connection hedgehog breeder is Williams County Airport (0G6) in Bryan, OH. 

Critter Connection is just a 10 minute drive away through lots of very flat farm land. 0G6 has a courtesy van available and we called ahead to make sure they could hold it for us at the time we'd be arriving. I love farms, as we waited for the hedgehog babies to come out to play with us, we listened to birds in the background, checked out a donkey and heard about the baby bunnies for sale and drooled over their homemade maple syrup.

We wanted a female hog this time so the breeder brought out ones named Tuki (who I picked out from the website) and Danna. Both were super cute and friendly. After playing and chatting for about 20 minutes, though, Danna just tugged at our hearts and would become our new family pet. Critter Connection also has supplies on hand, so we bought her a new carrier (better than the Costco yogurt box we came with) and a better water bottle.

Before we headed back to Frederick we had to get some food in our bellies! So, Critter Connection held Danna for us as we went out for lunch. The destination that was recommended was the Four Seasons Family Restaurant in Holiday City and it did not disappoint. Great Greek food and awesome breakfast-my favorite! It's a great stop if you don't mind borrowing the courtesy car for a 10 minute drive from the airport. They also have a sister restaurant under the same name in Bryan.


When we arrived back at the airport we used their pilot lounge (with huge comfy recliners) to check the weather since the ATIS was busy at FDK. Things were cloudy, but we could depart VFR and pick up an IFR clearance if we had to. It was a hot flight! One of my least favorite as it tends to make you tired. When we weren't occupied with taking photos of the new hog, later named Poka, we took turns flying the plane while the other rested from our busy past two days.

Poka loved the plane! She was happy to just run around and be held by us. The noise did not bug her and she preferred to be in our hands versus buried under her blankets in her carrier. An IFR decent was required through the clouds from 7,500 feet and at 4,000 feet 6nm from Frederick we cancelled IFR and continued in for landing visually. I took the landing and did my best yet in the Glasair, it was a full stall and everything-something we usually don't do in that plane. So, great landing + great new hog = fun flying weekend!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

$100 Hamburger/$100 Concert

 
The destination this Friday was Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field (LUK) in Cincinnati, OH for an OAR and Dave Matthews Band concert. Weather was just so so over the mountains and in Frederick, so we departed IFR and hit a few clouds and rain along the way. Once in Ohio, the weather quickly cleared up and we enjoyed some large white puffy clouds off our wings. Before departing, our tower controllers told us to tell those at LUK "hi" as that is where they used to work.

On final we saw the city in the distance and crossed over a river to land. The tower was very helpful with progressive taxi instructions and we soon found ourselves parked at the terminal building for free. The Landmark FBO had a parking fee and fuel was over $7/gal. The terminal has a great historic feel to it and features some interesting artwork on the walls and an airplane hanging from the ceiling. If you exit the building and go to the right, there is an Enterprise office. Inside is the Sky Galley Restaurant. This is a great $100 hamburger stop if you are ever in the area. The shaded outdoor patio is the perfect spot to plane watch and the menu is full of fun eats.

Unfortunately, the Riverbend Music Center was not the perfect place to see a concert. The night was almost ruined by that fact, but luckily Bob and I know how to have a good time regardless. The Sky Galley Restaurant is only three miles down the road from the concert venue, however, due to poor traffic control it took us over an hour to get there, missing most of the OAR portion. In addition, the lawn portion of the amphitheater was added years later as an afterthought and all views of the stage are obstructed. So if you find yourself in the area for a $100 hamburger and a $100 concert, please find another way around the traffic or give yourself enough time. Also, get those pavilion seats before they sell out!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

RIP Flying Hedgehog

Yesterday, our little hog, Quillson unexpectedly passed away. He was such a scared ball of spikes when we first adopted him, but with some patience and love he became quite the character. Most importantly, he loved to fly! We will miss his grumpy brow!
 
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

REIL Remarks #18

A (what was originally intended to be weekly) segment of my blog featuring the funny finds in aviation publications!

"Do not taxi on road, wing will not clear stop sign on road." 7G1, Pennsylvania

I have got to hear the story behind the reason why they needed to publish this remark!



Have some to share?  Feel free to send them my way and I will add them to the REIL Remarks archive!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I'm sorry I couldn't blog from prison.


I have been behind on my blogging lately, but I have my reasons! Being in prison did get in the way a bit. Before I get to that story, I'd like to fill you in on why I was asking last week about how pilots best make their go-no-go decisions.

My friend Suzanne and I planned to fly to Youngstown, Ohio the Friday after the Fourth of July. We would depart in morning and come back to Maryland on Sunday. The problem was, we had to be back in Maryland on Sunday. No alternate option. So, we had to be pretty darn certain the weather Sunday would be safe for us to fly in. Other factors to consider were the extreme heat and the lack of sleep we would be getting that weekend.

Friday morning Suzanne and I were on AviationWeather.gov at our homes texting each other. We eventually woke up her professional pilot husband for his advice, too. He gave us the typical CFI spiels of "Time to spare? Go by air!" and "Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground!" No help. 

All weather forecasts called for severe storms. We checked one of my new favorite weather tools as well, the TAF forecast discussions. We could leave very early Sunday morning, but it would be pushing it. In the end we were frustrated at having to make our decision two days out. But, we had three things going against us 1. Weather 2. Uncomfortable heat and 3. Lack of sleep. When things pile up like that for a pilot and they fly, it often ends in something not so enjoyable. 

In the end, despite seeing beautiful, sunny, perfect flying weather on Friday and Saturday, a huge band of storms barreled across our flight path Sunday. It included tornado warnings and hail. I also learned that Youngstown is the third cloudiest city in the country, so that may have not been the easiest to fly VFR out of anyway. In addition, as predicted, we were absolutely exhausted. Here's why:
We spent all night locked in a haunted prison with the lights out. It was awesome.

We visited the Mansfield Reformatory around 7:30pm Friday and did a quick tour of the layout. Around 9:30 they shutoff all the lights and we were free to roam and ghost hunt. We stayed until about 4AM. The prison was built in the 1880s and is famous for it's numerous ghost sightings. It's also the spot where films such as Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and Tango and Cash were filmed. Music videos were also shot here along with TV specials like "The Scariest Places on Earth" and "101 Things to do Before you Die". I guess I can check that off my list now!

The closest airport to the reformatory is KMFD, Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport. If I am correct, it is very close to the reformatory as I saw an airport beacon from the roof. We were staying just over two hours away in Youngstown though and were going to fly in to 4G4, Youngstown Elser Metro Airport. If you are ever in that area I recommend checking out the Golden Dawn Restaurant for cheap drinks and pizza and MVR for more cheap drinks and free bocce ball courts!

I believe I am still recovering from such a spirit (drinks & ghosts) filled weekend! Despite being disappointed in not flying, I could rest on the car drive home knowing we made the safest decision. I cannot wait to fly in and get locked up again! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

To go or not to go? That is the question!


It's summer and summer weekends mean travel with family and friends. But it can also mean thunderstorms! With humidity and rising heat, how do you best make that go, no-go decision a few days out?