A Flight I'll Never Forget
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Take in unique flying experiences as told by our authors. Unforgettable Flights will take you inside the cockpits of fighter jets, on board legendary aircraft, and to spectacular locations around the globe.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
There And Back
Around Australia, solo in a Jabiru
I had long aspired to circumnavigate Australia, but time and opportunity had proved evasive until recently.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Puerto Rico To Provo
More than three decades later, a dream comes true
At age 34, I added a flying trip to my dream list. It was a fly-in of 20 planes to Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo”) in the Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of nearly 49 islands and desert cays just 35 miles southeast of the Bahamas.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Where General Aviation Shines
The rewards of sharing flight with loved ones
Shortly after getting my pilot’s license in 1992, I took all of my family members up, one at a time, for an aerial tour of Jacksonville, Fla.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Bitter temperatures and a race against time
It was discovered last September that my open-cockpit biplane, a Starduster Too, needed an engine overhaul.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Taking Command Of Your First Plane
The Bellanca that could not be resisted
It started at Disneyland, holding my daughter Elena’s hand, when my cell phone rang.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Canyonlands By Cherokee
Learning the Utah backcountry
In 2007 I had been going to Moab, Utah, for four years—hiking, running and sightseeing—and I was 20 years a pilot with my own Cherokee 140.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
From Russia With Love
Soloing a Yak 50
The Yak 50 is a single-engine, single-seat, low-wing, semi-retractable, conventional-gear aerobatic aircraft designed in 1973 by the Yakovlev Design Bureau in Russia. It’s an honest, friendly airplane—if somewhat extraordinary because of its country of origin.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
A Pure Form Of Flying
Stick and rudder in a glider
It was a beautiful spring day, and I was a newly minted CFI full of confidence and enthusiasm.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Chicago Air & Water Show
Inbound to the staging airport while the air show is active
As a lifelong Chicago-area resident, I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Air & Water Show several times.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thar She Blows!
Spotting whales in the Saint Lawrence
Nonpilots often ask me why I spend a good portion of my hard-earned income on flying.