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, April 5, 2011
Always A Student
Reflections of a first solo flight, thousands of hours later
Would today be the day? I had been taking lessons for several weeks, and I knew that one day soon, my instructor Andy would get out of the airplane, and let me fly solo. I had even worn a special T-shirt for the last three lessons, with the hope that each time, I would get to solo.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Canada By Cub
A teenager’s 3,000 nm solo journey from the Yukon to Quebec
I’m the kind of guy who’s not scared to try new things. When I would fly my RC plane, I always thought how nice it would be to sit behind the controls and have freedom.
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.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Flying relief supplies to those in need
It started with an e-mail sent to my partner, Brian Reiff. Bahamas Habitat was looking for pilots with high-performance singles or twins to fly earthquake relief supplies to rural Haiti.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Flying Into Isla Grande
A doctor accomplishes a childhood dream
Growing up in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, I lived at the top of the Hotel Columbus.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
A special day for a special kid
Why would any kid want to do that?” That was the social worker’s response to my offer to take any child flying for free—that is, any child who was a patient at the local cancer center for children.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Air Capital Tanker Chase
Hot-rod flight test in a TA-4 Skyhawk
As a flight test engineer for the Boeing Company assigned to Wichita, Kans. (“the Air Capital”), I’m among the fortunate people who truly love their work.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Little Runway That Started It All
Return to Hidden Lake
People often associate memorable flights with a particular aircraft or airport. Others subscribe to the notion that the journey is more important than the destination.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A visit to the annual Lock Haven fly-in
Some things in life make sense. Others do not. For instance, flying a 65 hp, 75 mph cruise J-3 Cub 650 miles from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania does not, by most definitions, make sense.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A Sentimental Journey
Same place, different time...
I took a short flight recently, one not normally worth mentioning around the hangar. But ’twas important to me—an attempt to relive the good old days of flying, that is, the ’60s and ’70s.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Flying The Goodyear Blimp
Join Plane & Pilot on a night sign tour over the Los Angeles Basin.
The airship—named, “Spirit of America,” and based in Carson, Calif.—continues a Goodyear tradition that began in 1925 with the company’s first helium blimp.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Golden Hour
Honoring a fallen friend
In 2007, my team, Aerophile Air Racing, returned from a very difficult trip to the Reno Air Races.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Stick Time In An F-4 Sim
Taming the Phantom
As a twenty something, I figured that the only chance I would ever have of getting into an F-4 Phantom cockpit would involve a successful run for Congress, followed by finagling a seat on the Armed Services Committee.