Nov 30 2008

Flying on Thanksgiving With My Parents

Category: RamblingsDaniel @ 10:40 pm

On Thanksgiving Day I got to take my Mom up for a flight finally (with my Dad as well).  This was the first time I had both my parents with me, and the first where I had TWO passengers with me as the pilot-in-command (PIC).  It was an absolutely gorgeous day for it too!  Luckily I was able to get a little practice in the day before (see my previous post), and it definitely helped – all my landings went perfectly smooth.   We started the day with my Mom in the front passenger seat and we flew up to Burlington (BUU).  On the way I let her take the controls a little.  She was a bite scared but was amazed to see how the plane reacted when she would push or pull the yoke.   It was really fun to see my Mom making the plane dive a little and climb too.  It brought me back to my Discovery Flight, and I remembered how timid I probably was with the controls too.

We landed at Burlington and I taxied to the ramp.  There, my Mom and Dad switched seats and my Dad got to ride shotgun (his first time in the front seat).  On the way back to Westosha I let him play with the controls a bit as well.  He had a blast (and I had a blast listening to my Mom playfully scream as he made the plane go up, down, and turn).  All-in-all, it was just a fun day.  We didn’t stay too long in the sky because we had to get back to the house for Thanksgiving Dinner!

This flight I logged 0.9 hours of PIC time.  I’m so thankful to have the two greatest parents on earth, and so thankful to share the joy of aviation with them now!  Click here or the photo of us three from the day to see more pictures.

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Nov 26 2008

Finally Flying Again

Category: Ramblings,Solo FlightsDaniel @ 4:26 pm

After more than a month since my last flight, I finally got up into the sky again today.  It’s not like haven’t been trying, though, it’s just the weather around Chicago hasn’t been cooperating on the weekends.  Luckily, since I had off of work today, I was able to schedule a plane and putz around a bit.  My trusty Cessna 152 trainer, N64920, was the plane I flew.

I did a quick jaunt up to Burlington (BUU) just to land somewhere else, rather than run the pattern a few times at Westosha.  The flight was uneventful, but it was definitely great to get flying again.  I’m scheduled to fly tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day) with both my parents for the first time since earning my license.  This practice helped make sure everything goes smoothly tomorrow!

This flight I logged 0.8 hours of flight time.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Nov 14 2008

Airspace Requirments Memory Aids

Category: Lessons,RamblingsDaniel @ 6:01 am

When I was in flight training I heard a lot of suggestions to help me remember the visibility and cloud clearance requirements for different airspace.  I compiled these tips into one table when I was preparing for my FAA exam.  Here it is to help others…enjoy!  My CFI drew a nice visual representation of this as well, which I’ll try to recreate electronically and post eventually.

Note – I make no warranties as to the correctness of this information in the future. It was correct when I took the test, it is always the student/pilot’s responsibility to look up the current and correct information from the FAR’s (FAR 91.155).

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Nov 10 2008

Itching to Fly

Category: RamblingsDaniel @ 6:17 am

It has been a while since my last post (and my last flight) and I have to admit I’m really itching to fly.  It’s not like I haven’t tried to fly, but Chicago fall/winter weather is definitely starting to rear its ugly head.  I’ve had the last two Sundays where I had booked a plane to take my parents up for their maiden voyage, and both days the winds simply were not cooperating (gusty 20+ knot winds).  If it was just myself flying, I may have probably went up, but with noobie passengers like my parents, I wouldn’t want to scare them away from general aviation with a horribly windy and turbulent flight.  Plus, I’m always reminded of the quote I heard during my pilot training: “It’s better to be down here wishing you were up there, than to be up there wishing you were down here.”  As such, I’ll always play it safe…

Furthermore, the time shift for daylight-savings-time to standard time really puts a damper on my Wednesday-evening flights.  I’m a little hesitant to fly into a new airport at night (plus it wouldn’t be a very exciting view for my wife), and starting a trip after work this time of year already begins it in darkness.  Such is flying in Chicago in the winter!

I guess I’ll need to start getting up earlier on weekends and do some breakfast fly-ins!

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