Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ground Stars!

Ground stars was the description of a photo I posted from one of my two recent night flights. I am
certainly maintaining night currency days with the sun so low in the sky in the evenings. Friday night after work, Bob, his sister, Dana, and I departed for DYL to spend an early Thanksgiving with their parents.

It was an ideal flight, one pilots dream of: Clear. calm, and lights twinkling above and below. The 117nm flight took 1.3 hours and along the way I finally got to test out a the iFly GPS app on my Google Nexus tablet a bit more. I had used it in on my scholarship GPS skywriting flight, but it kept losing GPS lock which I was assuming because it was on my lap. I have yet to buy a mount and determined that even at yoke height it wouldn't keep signal lock. I believe I'll need to get a Bluetooth external GPS for it. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daring to Be: GPS Track Writing Scholarship Flight

Recently I learned of the generous scholarship for 99s members called "Dare to Be Different". It isn't your typical scholarship, there was is no essay required and it did not contain a list of the usual requirements. The only requirement? Be different. Challenge accepted!

Below is my "application" for the "Dare to Be Different" scholarship. I decided to do my own kind of skywriting-with a GPS track! In case you cannot tell, my GPS track says Dare 2 B (adding different would have taken a lot more time). Someday I hope I can do some "real" sky writing to inspire someone with similar words that they can actually see in the sky. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Saturday Morning Flight

I had a remarkable flight yesterday! I wish I could tell you about it, but it's part of a little project for a scholarship. You will get all the how-tos and explanations and video soon-that's my project for today. So in the meantime, here are some photos of yesterday's flight:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Children’s Book Promoting Aviation to Release 12/08/14

The Kickstarter funded children’s book, Turbo the Flying Dog, is expected to be available for purchase online on December 8th, 2014: Just in time for the holiday season. Turbo the Flying Dog tells the story of Turbo, a lonely shelter mutt. The day Turbo discovers he will finally have a new home and a family he learns he must first get there by plane. Turbo has never seen a plane before, let alone flown in one, and as the story unfolds he discovers that he just may enjoy flying!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Full Moon Flight

Turbo wakes up for the taxi back
A short and sweet description of my flight last night:

The night air was smooth and the clouds above were lit by the full moon, cities sparkled below. My friend, Joe, needed some extra hours and I needed an excuse to bring someone to fly with me and help me put the plane away. It was a perfect arrangement. We flew to IDI, Jimmy Stewart Airport, and had fun trying to sound like Jimmy Stewart airport and poking fun of points on the approach such as BOMSO. We flew a total of 2.8 and I got to practice an approach and log some simulated instrument time. It was needed practice, but fun learning. Our ground speed was barely 70 knots on the way up, but the flight returning to FDK felt like a breeze! Turbo slept in the back like the good pup that he is.