Sunday, July 03, 2016

About This Blog

(This post is future dated to appear near the top of my posts - today's actual date is 12/15/14.)

This blog is a journal (of sorts) about learning to fly. It started as a retro-journal (writing years after the fact of my original 1997-2001 lessons, from notes I had kept for myself, which are not yet completely converted to this blog - there are gaps). I did a little flying in 2004 (only one post here so far). Then in summer 2011, I started flying again (tail wheel lessons), and it became a current flight lesson journal for a while.

Flying seems to be such a sporadic thing for me (except as an airline passenger, which is pretty regular). I flew a lot in July and August 2011, flying with Ed Urbanowski in his wonderful Citabria, finally learning to land a tail dragger. Then I stopped. Why? Business travel, general work-load at work, family stuff. The usual suspects. I really wanted to get the tail wheel endorsement this year but I just didn't make it, and here it is winter already.

As of this writing, my recent non-airline flights have been "warbird" flights with the Collings Foundation. One was on September 26, 2011. It was in a B-24 Liberator bomber, and I was not at the controls (but it was a VERY cool flight). I was briefly at the Norden bombsite (shown above). No stick time in this beast! The other was in an AT-6 Texan aerobatics flight at the Collings Headquarters in Stow, MA, during one of their historic airshows in August 2012. It was short, but lots of fun (see below). I got some stick time, and Rob Collings showed me some simple aerobatics, loops and barrel rolls. I would love to do more of that! That was the original reason I was interested in tailwheel training, since most common aerobatic planes are tail draggers.

I hope to get back to real flying one of these days.


JimmyD85 said...

That is awesome! I used to flight instruct, back in the day, and my airport's FBO had an actual Norden Bombsite a local guy had bought and left out there to display. Wow. Talk about way over my head lol. I can only imagine how many lessons I would need to learn how to use that thing!

Do you play any flight simulators? I used to play Flightsim X, but I found Pro Flight Simulator which is nice as it has more aircraft. They have a couple tail wheels :)


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Angela Killpack said...

I have a few friends that have gone to flight school and I have another friend who's a flight attendant. She flies all the time! I think that could be a cool job to fly everywhere and travel, but it would be stressful too because you'd have to actually do the flying. I hope you started your flying again!

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FKreider said...

Did you fly at all in 2012?

I might possibly be taking lessons with Ed this summer. Just interested if you ever kept going

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I've always wanted to fly. I've played lots of flight sim games and my brother and I have always talked about it. I think he may end up actually achieving his goal. I'm just going to be a teacher.

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