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42 Years In Florida, But Never A Trip To Key West...UNTIL NOW!

The weak economy caused me to reconsider the long-term prospects of working for a firm that is supported by venture capital with the end result being a job change in April. Consequently, when I married the love of my life on June 14th, I didn't have much vacation time to take to enjoy a real honeymoon. Show More Summary

More from Class Bravo

While Christy and I approached runway 18L, the traffic information system (TIS) constantly announced, "traffic! traffic!". But we knew that. We could see the steady stream of jets lined up for 18R and the other stream of jets lined up for 23. Show More Summary

Safety at Flight Schools

Recently, someone who read this blog wanted more details about what I apparently described as unsafe practices at a local flight school. The purpose of this blog is not to bash any particular business. Therefore, I won't mention the name of the company at this point. Show More Summary

Diamond Check Out

Since North Florida Aviation's aircraft were booked for the weekend, I was left with a choice between taking Sterling's Diamond DA-40 or driving to/from Tampa. I hate driving long distances, so I had to go for a check ride in the Diamond.Christy...Show More Summary

End of a Flying Relationship

Since 2001 I have been renting aircraft from Sterling Flight Training. I fly nearly every week and spend thousands of dollars each year with this flight school at Craig Municipal Airport. That relationship is about to end and this makes...Show More Summary

Back in the Air!

When I went for my medical in January, I indicated that I had had a kidney stone in March of 2008. Consequently, the doctor rejected my application. I followed the instructions on the AOPA website for kidney stones, but they missed a few things. Show More Summary

Grounded. Dammit!

Once again the Libertarian in me is screaming for the government to get the hell out of my life. But, my wails fall on deaf ears. Here's the situation: Almost a year ago, I was awakened by a pain in my back. The pain was getting stronger and stronger and I recognized it as being caused by a kidney stone. Show More Summary

Staying Current

Staying instrument current can be a challenge in a place like Florida where we have so much sunshine. I would much rather fly in actual IFR than in simulated and arranging for a safety pilot can be a hassle at times. This time of year, we tend to have a few days of low ceilings and fog and a few Saturdays ago, the sky was cooperating. Show More Summary

September 2015 Photos

I know it's been a while since my last post. Very busy, but here are a few photos until I can get around to a couple of posts I've been meaning to make. Hold short of taxiway charlie Well, maybe not that short... Playing with EVS Pinnacles National Park at sunset Walk into town means crossing the runway. Show More Summary

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An interesting article on leasebacks...

A Home Movie and a Flashback

Mentioned in prior entries before is a wonderful aviation read, Flight of Passage, by Rinker Buck. It chronicles the 1966 flight of two young boys piloting a PA-11 Cub, N4971H, from New Jersey to California and back. The book was written by one of the two participants, Rinker Buck, who is currently a staff writer for the Hartford Courant. Show More Summary

Still Kicking

The IFR Pilot and 2TB are alive and well. Only 34.3 hours of flying in 2010, and if the current weather patterns in Northeast Ohio hold true, there may not be any more flying this year. Hard to justify the economics of sole-aircraft ownership for that few number of hours. Show More Summary

Procedure Turn?

Why, yes, there is proof that we executed the PT at DALTS. See for yourself! Here's even more proof:

Garmin 480 Instruction?

Any recommendations for a CFII, preferably located in the Great Lakes or Mid-Atlantic, who can offer instruction on the intricacies of the Garmin 480 (nee CNX-80) GPS? A recent event-filled flight suggested that a day or two of intensive instruction with someone who knows this box in and out would be well worth the investment. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Video of Put In Bay Water Landing

Earlier today, there was an apparent water landing in the vicinity of the Miller Ferry Dock in Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. The Miller Ferry helped rescue the passengers, all of whom survived. Kudos to the pilot!Watch this amazing video of the ferry and its crew coming to the rescue. Note also that the airplane sunk in less than the 2 minutes that this video lasts.

Back to the Skies

Today was the first flight I've taken since Mark passed away. It was a bittersweet moment, to be sure. He loved 2TB, thought it was the ideal platform for the missions that we had defined for ourselves. It will not be the same not having...Show More Summary

Spring Abounds

MS and the IFR Pilot are in Tallahassee for about 18 hours. Weather was crummy leaving the Home Base, had to stay VFR below the scud for about 30 minutes. Then, we climbed above it, and just south of the mountains, it was CAVU. MS spotted...Show More Summary

Special Mission Aircraft

I recently encountered a uniquely modified aircraft in Hawaii that got me thinking about how business jets serve millions of people who never get to ride in them and are probably not even aware of their existence. Even in the GA community,...Show More Summary

WAC Fly in 2015

Want a reason to get up at 0550? Feel like freezing your proverbial off sitting out in the middle of an airfield counting aircraft? Then be a landing judge at the Aero Club fly in! The upside is you get very close to the action and you...Show More Summary

Breitling Jet Team to Make Their Chicago Air & Water Show Debut

The Breitling Jet Team has performed for awestruck audiences across the globe for over a decade. Breitling Jet Team they will be performing for the first time in the skies over North America in 2015 including their first performance in...

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