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Fly A Jet

22

Feb 2013

Fly A Jet

I am privileged to be in the position of teaching people to fly a jet. Due to the advent of the “Very Light Jets” pilots are transitioning, on a regular basis, from single engine airplanes, to owner flown jets. The jets on the market that are feeding this frenzy are the Phenom 100, Cessna Mustang and Eclipse 500. It is incredible to see the advancement...

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Not Alone Up There

14

Feb 2013

Not Alone Up There

On a flight from Van Nuys California to Lake Havasu City Arizona in an Aviat Husky I had a first time experience. I was flying over the high desert between Mohave and Victorville when I heard the call over the radio. “UAV (unintelligible) traffic one O’clock, two miles, a Husky at seven thousand five hundred”. Right then I thought “Damn, the air traffic controller just...

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Corporate Aircraft 60 Years Apart

11

Feb 2013

Corporate Aircraft 60 Years Apart

I have chosen to design my working life around my passion for flying. I enjoy introducing people to the wonder of flight, teaching people to fly and flying people around in their private aircraft. The other day I had the unique opportunity to fly two corporate aircraft that were built 60 years apart. I flew Estelle, built in 1952, as my commuter to an airport...

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In And Out Of The Ice

08

Feb 2013

In And Out Of The Ice

I had the opportunity to sit right seat in a Cessna 421 on a trip to Arizona and Back. The weather between Los Angeles and Northern Arizona wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. A cold front had just moved through California and was moving through Arizona, a cold front we would have to go directly through. What this meant was we were likely to...

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Excuse To Go Flying

07

Feb 2013

Excuse To Go Flying

Being winter there are not an abundance of shows or fly-ins to attend. So I have to make excuses to go flying. This time the excuse was to drop off some business cards with a couple new contacts at Camarillo Airport and drop in on a friend. The weather was not even close to perfect but getting up in the air, if even for the...

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Destination Elimination Game

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Jan 2013

Destination Elimination Game

The wonder of general aviation has so many facets but the one my wife and I come back to on a regular basis is that it is our time machine. General aviation makes it possible for us to take trips that would otherwise be impossible. This day started as many before it, a cup of coffee, some pancakes and eggs and the question, “where do...

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First Time Flying A Helicopter

14

Jan 2013

First Time Flying A Helicopter

So today was some kind of milestone in my life. I don’t know how significant it will turn out to be but today it is significant anyway. I flew a Hughes 500 helicopter for the first time. It was not my first time in a helicopter, but it was my first time as the sole manipulator of the controls. To put this in context, all...

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Review of Sporty’s Stratus ADSB

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Jan 2013

Review of Sporty’s Stratus ADSB

My review of Sporty’s Stratus ADSB comes after 20 hours of hands on flying. I have been flying with the Stratus since a warm August day in 2012 when I purchased it directly from Sporty’s Pilot Shop in Batavia Ohio. The first mission for my brand new ADSB was to help me cross the country from Ohio to Los Angeles in Estelle, our 195. I...

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Husky Adventure

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Dec 2012

Husky Adventure

I had an opportunity to fly an almost new Aviat Husky, what a super fun airplane. The mission was to fly from Van Nuys, California to Alpine Wyoming to pickup the Husky and return to Van Nuys the same day with the Husky. We departed Van Nuys at 6:30am for a planned arrival time in Alpine Wyoming of 10am PST. From there we planned 1...

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Night Flying In Los Angeles

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Dec 2012

Night Flying In Los Angeles

In my 7 years of flying in and around Los Angeles, I have never flown “Over” Los Angeles. I guess I haven’t had much of a reason to be that high right over LA. I have done a lot of night flying in Los Angeles, I am either leaving the area and climbing on my way out, descending on my way in or transiting at...

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Letter From Chief Pilot at Campi Ya Kanzi

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Dec 2012

Letter From Chief Pilot at Campi Ya Kanzi

Please find below my description of the job, and further below – the original description that I received when I was looking at the position 2 years ago. I am the current Chief Pilot, Lead Pilot, and liaison for Luca Safari Ltd. and will be in charge of your training and conversion, should you accept this position. Please take the opportunity to ask me any...

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Seeking Cessna 206 Pilot In Kenya

10

Dec 2012

Seeking Cessna 206 Pilot In Kenya

Campi Ya Kanzi is seeking a Pilot to lead their flightseeing and airport transfer business in Kenya. Minimum pilot qualifications are 1000 hours total time. Time in type preferred. 2 year contract position. All room and board paid. In 2010 my wife and I took our honeymoon to the most amazing place I have ever been. After a long flight we landed in Nairobi Kenya...

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Ladies Love Tail Draggers

07

Dec 2012

Ladies Love Tail Draggers

Judy, from Ladies Love Tail Draggers writes “LadiesLoveTaildraggers is an organization for women who LOVE THE FUN of flying taildraggers! We’re from every walk of life, every age group, with every possible rating – from student pilot to U2 pilot. One thing has brought us all together … an undeniable passion for flying taildraggers. We hope you enjoy the 2012 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Christmas video. Join us...

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