Thursday, December 31, 2015

Favorite Flying Moments of 2015

As with 2014, 2015 saw me flying less as well. However, I now have scholarship money under my belt and have been very wise as to how much I can take on at a time. I've grown a lot in 2015 and am determined to keep flying fun, not just a to-do list of currency and new ratings. Here are my favorite flying moments of 2015:

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ladies Cirrus Takeover

Yesterday, the Sugarloaf 99s were invited by our newest member and Cirrus rep, Sarah, for a Cirrus demo flight. My last Cirrus flight was almost five years ago, so I jumped at the chance to get in the air again. We all met at Airways Restaurant at the airport for breakfast, however, they had a surprising 40 minute wait. So we carpooled over to a local diner instead and (ate way too much) then came back to Frederick to fly. 

Jill and Caylee joined Sarah for the first flight, so Lin, Suzanne and I joined the other Cirrus representatives in their office to get some Cirrus swag and talk aviation. They showed us the newest video on the Cirrus Vision Jet and after drooling over that we discussed different things we liked about Cirrus and what we'd love to see them add.

Finally, it was our turn. We were such a nice group of ladies that we didn't fight over who got to sit up front with Sarah. We determined Suzanne should since she went the longest since last being behind the controls. So of course, we made fun of her the whole time out of jealousy. Sarah walked us through the latest avionics and then it was time to taxi and take off. Once in the air she demonstrated the "easy button" that brings you back level when you get yourself in an unusual attitude and some other great features. After that, we turned on some music and enjoyed circling around the Frederick area. 

Even from the backseat, I had a great time! Sarah was excellent at demonstrating the aircraft and handled the gusty winds with ease. Nothing beats sharing your passion with fellow female aviators and being able to laugh and smile the whole way up and back down to reality again.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Santa Lands at Frederick Airport

Whew! Time has flown by! Quite literally! Last weekend, Santa Claus arrived at Frederick Municipal Airport in a different kind of sleigh...a red and white Decathlon! Despite being a December day, the weather hit 70 degrees. The hangar doors of the AOPA National Aviation Community Center were wide open so children and adults alike could enjoy seeing machines take to the sky. At 1:30pm, a crowd of at least 150 filed through those doors and cheered and chanted as Santa did a fly by and then landed and taxied towards the crowd. 
Santa taxis in
Waiting for Santa!
This was all a part of Paws & Planes: Holiday at the Airport. It was hosted by the Sugarloaf 99s with the help of Turbo the Flying Dog. Santa was sponsored by Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) and flown by my CFI, JJ. The event that saw over 200 people through its doors during three hours, taught children about aviation and animal rescue. Special guests included the College Park Aviation Museum teaching kids about aerodynamics, the Frederick County Animal Control with 4 rescue kittens, 1 bunny, and a dog named Rambo. Turbo the Flying Dog and his sidekick Olive greeted children and enjoyed many pets, photos with fans and pawtographing copies of their books. Other volunteers held activities on aviation weather, navigation, communication and crafts!

Coloring pages for Santa & Mrs. Claus
College Park Aviation Museum & their paper plane launcher
Everyone left the event on a high and excited for Christmas. I was so amazed at how well behaved the children were when watching Santa come in by plane. Despite their excitement, each one stayed behind the orange cones and then after the grand arrival, formed a patient line to tell Santa what was on their lists. 
Future powered parachute pilot?
Authors and stars of Turbo the Flying Dog with their fans
The event was such a success, we have already booked next year's event for November 19th (because we know 70 degree weather is unlikely in December again!) I cannot wait to have Santa and his team (who came all the way from Minnesota and Wisconsin) crash at my house again!
Future Cirrus owner?
Swapping stories with Santa
And what did Santa say when he disembarked the red plane and greeted the crowd? "Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good FLIGHT!"

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SMAC110 The Disappearing CFI and Why We Need Stall Training

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Rick, Larry, Tom, Victoria, and Carl are all here for this episode! Russ will be joining in a bit later in the show.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Women Taking Flight

Check out this great article featuring some familiar faces at the Frederick Airport and members of the Sugarloaf 99s!  See pages 17 & 18:

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Santa to Join Turbo the Flying Dog for Free Holiday Event at the Airport

Frederick, MD – Families are invited to join Santa Claus and children’s book sensation Turbo the Flying Dog at Paws and Planes: Holiday at the Airport. The event is being held at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center at the Frederick Municipal Airport on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm and will feature photos with Santa and Turbo, educational activities, story times, and a book signing. Santa will arrive by plane at 1:15pm to start the festivities.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SMAC109 Reinstating your CFI and Flying Drones


Welcome to Episode 109 and Happy Thanksgiving! In this episode we discuss reinstating your CFI and Flying Drones. Carl, Rick, Tom, Larry and Eric are here on a warm November day.

Carl just finished his annual recurrent training. If you have recently finished some training or rating please let us know so we can give you a shout out!

Cruise Flight:
Tonight we have a special interview with Bill English. Bill is a Commercial Drone Operator, and a CFI who recently reinstated his flight instructor certificate after 6 years of dormancy!