Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Sneak Peek at 50 More Tales of Flight

The Next Step - Sneak Peak of 50 More Tales of Flight by: Owen Zupp

There was no escaping it. After six weeks of waiting the day had arrived, or, more accurately, it had emerged from a sleepless night. It was still dark as I drove into the airport with my father and only a few offices emitted a glow from the windows in their back rooms. In contrast, the flight briefing office near the runway’s edge was a hive of activity, with bright fluorescent lights and charter pilots checking weather forecasts before submitting flight plans. If today went well, perhaps I would one day be checking charts and drinking coffee before the sun had peeped its head above the horizon. Only today would tell. Today I would give my utmost to become a licensed commercial pilot.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Message from Turbo the Flying Dog

Ok, yes it's really me. But let's have some fun here! I know the avgeek community is full of supportive and creative people, so I thought I would bring the call to my blogosphere!

Thanks for following alongside me on my adventures! Now it’s your turn to be a part of the action! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Saturday Beach Flight

After he spent two weeks out of the country, I was reunited late Friday night with my husband. So, naturally we had to have a flying date that Saturday. Choosing a destination was not as easily as we had previously determined. 

I let Bob sleep in as he had a long day of traveling and had arrived home late the night before. Our goal was to bring Turbo to one of the dog friendly beaches I had created a list of. A well reviewed dog beach, Longport Dog Beach in Somers Point, NJ, was right in between Atlantic City and Ocean City, NJ airports. We have flown to Ocean City, NJ (26N) which is an easy mile walk on the beach to the boardwalk. This time, however, we'd need a car to get to the dog beach. I called up 26N and a very rude man informed me there were no rental cars or courtesy cars available. After some internet research, there were cars available in Somers Point, but getting a ride to and from the airport would be difficult. On the other side of the dog beach was Atlantic City (ACY) but the fees at Landmark (~$60) and car rental (~$70) quickly deterred us.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Pixie Pilot...and author?

Like many pet owners, my dog is my baby. But, he is also my muse! Turbo continues to astonish me how he always loves life and going on new adventures with Bob and I. I was worried that our dog would be at kennels often while we tried to explore new places with our plane. Luckily, flying came naturally to Turbo and our flying fido has joined us on many trips ranging from Canada to the Bahamas! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Patternwork with the Pooch

In my yoga sessions I have been doing for the past week, the instructor stressed the importance of showing up for yourself so your mind learns to trust itself. What she meant by this, was that by completing your commitments or practice, that your confidence will grow and therefore your abilities just by following through with your commitments. Today was one of those days that I showed up for the sky!

I fly often, but I'm not always PIC. I've noticed that not being 100% in charge has caused me to start leaning on other people in flight and not trusting my own skills. I was no longer OK with this so decided that some solo flight was necessary. But I didn't go 100% solo, my trusty flying sidekick, Turbo the Flying Dog had to join me!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SMAC076 What We Can Learn from Asiana Flight 214

The crew is here along with special guest Bill English, Lead Accident Investigator on Asiana Flight 214.
This was such a cool episode! Without further ado, listen now!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

REIL Remarks #21

 It's time for another segment of my blog featuring the funny finds in aviation publications! Happy almost-Friday!

"Trap and skeet shooting between RWY 01 and RWY 06." 1F2, New York.

Now that sounds like a party! Safety third!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Getting Current & Confident

As you can probably tell from the lack of the usual activity in my blog, I have not been flying much lately, and in turn, lost my passenger currency. For those of you that know me well, I am constantly on the go throwing myself in one project or another with little rest in sight. It finally caught up with me and I had to reevaluate what activities I would continue to devote my time to and which would go. After much reflection, while many volunteer aviation activities would be put on the side burner, flying itself would never be on the cut list.

So after that decision was made, what was a girl to do? Get back in the left seat, of course! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Life's a Whirlwind and the Latest SMAC

Oh my goodness time has been flying by! No pun intended as there hasn't been too much flying-but that should change soon. I would like to thank all my pilot friends who supported me and donated to The Out of the Darkness Overnight walk I did in Philly this past weekend! It was a remarkable (and tiring 16.4 mile) experience! As 4th of July approaches, summer parties and new housework, I still hope to add some new aviation goals while maintaining some sort of balance. To keep that balance, recently I had to take a recording off of Stuck Mic recently just to regain some quiet time before the chaos set in again. But, since I love supporting my silly gang of podcasters, here is the recent episode. Listen for me on the next one!