Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are you wearing the pawesomest aviation t-shirt around?

You can't be. Because only 6 have been printed so far for testing. But never fear, they have been approved and thanks to Windtee Aviation you can now get your very own Turbo the Flying Dog t-shirt! Order yours today on Turbo's site! 

Shameless promo selfie

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Friend, Fido & Flight Instructor Flight

Chelle & Turbo
Sunday was the perfect day for a flight, the weather was sunny, clear, and smooth. But it wasn't allowed to be all fun, it had been 60 days since my last IFR flight and time to get refreshed again. Previously, the localizer wasn't working in the Cessna and had since been checked. It was time to see if it was finally working properly and to take up a very good friend, Chelle, for her first flight in a small airplane!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Celebrate National Aviation Day with a FREE Giveaway!

To celebration National Aviation Day and give back to all of my (and Turbo's!) supporters, we are giving away a FREE copy of Turbo's latest book, Turbo Learns to Fly. See below to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

$100 Hamburger - Airport Restaurant & Spirits

On the flight home from Oshkosh last month I got to add another restaurant to my $100 Hamburgers list. Directly across the lake from OSH lies JXN, or Jackson County Airport-Reynolds Field in western Michigan. I was forewarned, this location is popular with the locals as it is with pilots so we were expecting a wait. Luckily, we got right in prior to the rush. 

Airport Restaurant and Spirits had a similar vibe to that at my home field. The servers were gruff, but it added to the experience. The food was above par for an airport restaurant and kept us spry for the remaining flight home after a long week. The portions were perfect and there was a lot of American style food to choose from. 

We were joined by a friend with a Mustang II and later passed another flight of friends headed back to FDK as well. I don't think the restaurant was prepared for the Oshkosh rush. It's the ultimate place to stop along our route, if you are not in a hurry. It felt like a small town field, but it had two long runways and a tower, so I'm sure a lot of business must come in there.

For more good eats found through flight, check out my "$100 Hamburgers" tab. I always love to hear your favorites stops, too!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Yelp List - Oshkosh Eats

This year I got to explore more than just Friar Tucks and food stands at Oshkosh. I decided to lump them all into one Yelp list!  Here it is for your viewing pleasure. Comment below of your favorite spots and I'll be sure to check them out during #OSH16!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sometimes you have to laugh at your landings

Sometimes flights just don't turn out the way you expect them to. Tuesday's plan was to go up and take a few photos with a friend and CFII, Joe. We had been monitoring the weather and I was hmming and hawing for a few hours about the heat and the possible thunderstorms near our intended photo spot. After lots of back and forth I decided to go ahead with the flight and head over to the airport. Once the plane was out, I took a quick peak at the weather once again and found that all the small cells that I had had my eye on had slowly become a line.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Flying IT

Bob's parents needed their computer reformatted, so we volunteered to fly up for a few hours to do so. We decided to stretch the wings on the Cessna for this flight to DYL. When we taxied to the run-up area at Frederick, there were already three plans going through their checklists. One finished and I snuck in that spot. We enjoyed watching one more take off before it was our turn to depart Runway 23. The president was at Camp David so the restricted area was larger than normal. While our route stayed clear of it, I still was careful not to stray too far from course. We cruised along at 2,500 feet enjoying the scenery and only the occasional bump from the rising heat. The only excitement was when I went to open an air vent for Turbo when something flew out of it and bounced off my chest. I never did find out what it was.

Monday, August 3, 2015

SMAC101 Crossing the Continental Divide In A Vintage Aircraft with No Electricity

SMAC101 Crossing the Continental Divide In A Vintage Aircraft with No Electricity
Pre-Flight Checklist

The whole gang is here for a special interview with Matt VanDervort and discuss his crossing the Continental Divide in a vintage aircraft.

Victoria just got back from AirVenture and gave a little report and preview of the upcoming report in episode 102. Also, Turbo Learns to Fly is out and for sale!

Cruise Flight
Tonight's show is a special interview with Matt VanDervort of Vans Flying Services. Matt repairs and restores many types of aircraft but specializes in antique and vintage.
  • Matt's Grandfather got him started with flying, right after he was potty trained!
  • He acquired his recreational flight certificate when he was 17 in a Taylorcraft.
  • Matt's Grandfather was an Auto Body Teacher and A&P Mechanic, and encouraged Matt to get his licenses.
  • Matt also delivers aircraft, and recently delivered a Piper J-5 Cub Cruiser, crossing the Continental Divide to do it.
  • Matt gave some great answers to questions about fabric airplanes including evaluating before purchase, a bit about how they work, and how to find someone to work on them.
After Landing Checklist
~Picks of the Week~
No picks of the week this week since this is an interview episode.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Oshkosh and Flying Friendships

Whew! I am finally digging out of everything Oshkosh has left in its wake! To be honest, this year I was slightly dreading heading to EAA AirVenture due to my busy schedule. I just wanted to rest. But, I felt obligated to go as it has been two years, I wanted to meet with present and new clients and Turbo Learns to Fly just came out. This year, I felt like an orphan. It was the first time I'd go to Oshkosh without Bob since we've met. I opted for an airline flight and found a ride from the airport, but was at a loss to find an inexpensive way back. It was in the process of being "fostered" by various pilots through Oshkosh that reminded me how precious flying friendships are.