Friday, August 12, 2011

Mission #5

I actually flew this mission with a buddy of mine about a month ago. I was the pilot in command even though he is a KC-135 pilot in the Guard. I decided to take a trip up to Coles County Airport to eat lunch at the Airport Cafe. Since Ben and I attended Eastern Illinois University together we knew about the giant pork tenderloin sandwiches. We would even eat there in college. The flight up took about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Once we arrived there were aircraft all over the place. They were having a function of some sort. We proceeded on the restaurant and ate like idiots. I had the tenderloin and an order of hand battered onion rings. The food was great, the service however, was not.

After lunch we headed back to 3K6 with a full stomach and cumulus clouds rolling in. We decided to fly over EIU for one good picture and then head west. The flight home had skydivers and gliders in our path. Made for interesting radio communication. Overall, I rate Coles County a 7 out of 10, just for the service being what it was. The airport is well maintained and easily accessible. Here's Airnav's link

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Benton Memorial Airport H96

I had a great flight to Benton. Coming in from the northwest and descending over Rend Lake was pretty cool. The airport is very well maintained and the runway was as smooth as a baby's butt. Ran across 3 aircraft flying in the vicinity of where I was along my route, kind of nerve racking for a split second. Once I figured out thier direction I was back to scanning for more. The weather was as good as I had hoped for. With this mission complete I now start planning another one. Check out the video below for my flight to Benton.

Mission #4

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Upcoming Mission

I'm going to take advantage of the weather we are having this week and get a good flight in. Tomorrow is supposed to be 72 degrees, sunny and a south wind from 3 to 7 mph. Sounds like the perfect day to me. After some searching on I found an airport that looked interesting. I will be tracking southeast to Benton Memorial Airport (H96). I have never landed there before so I want to check it off my list. I'm also looking for new places to fish and Rend Lake is about 2 miles north of the runway. The flight should only take about 43 minutes there and back. Here is the link from for H96.

One more thing, if you're thinking about renting Tomahawks from Shafer, they are down to one airplane.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, December 17, 2010

Preparing for missions

I have found that trying to get time to fly is difficult. I had a chance to take my father in-law to Greenville on Halloween which was the last time I had flown. I want to fly all the time, but with weather, work and family, it doesn't seem to be happening. The other day I finally got the chance. It was a beautiful outside and I checked the weather on all internet sites. No wind, 28 degrees and abundant sunshine, perfect for 3 take-off and landings. I called the airport to reserve a tomahawk with no problem. I called my brother in to work early, which he grunted about, and off I went home to grab my flight bag then to the airport. Luckily the aircraft was out flying so it was nice and warm when I got in.
After a walk around and pre-flight I was in the air. I had forgotten how great an aircraft flies in the winter. With a 1000' per minute climb and smooth air on downwind, base and final, I was only in the air for about 15 minutes. Three take-off and landings! After the final landing I taxied back to the ramp and shut 'er down.
I realized it was the first time flying solo since I received my certificate. It was great, even if only for 15 minutes. So Mission #3 was a success. Hopefully around Christmas the weather will be nice for flying. I'm looking forward to taking my Dad up.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Piper Tomahawk - Mission #2

Mission #2 was another great flight. I took my brother up and we flew to KENL (Centralia). The ride was bumpy at times, especially in the pattern at both airports. In this video we started off with a bad angle, but fixed it later in cruise flight. The flight was an hour round trip. I have to admit, I love being a pilot. Nothing better than being your own boss.