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.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shafer Metro East to Pickneyville, IL

What an excellent evening to fly! Couldn't have asked for better weather. Thanks to my Mom for being my first passenger on my first flight as a private pilot. We didn't get out at Pickneyville, just taxied up to the ramp and turned around. It was getting late and I didn't want to chance flying 30 minutes past sunset. By the time we landed at Shafer and buttoned up the aircraft the sun was already behind the horizon. The flight was 1.6 hours on the Hobbs. We were crawling back from Pickneyville with a ground speed of 78-80 knots. My AV8OR GPS lasted the entire flight with only one bar of battery left. It worked perfectly throughout the flight. With Scott AFB Class D airspace nearby, I'm so glad to be able to see our position on the GPS. Mission #1 was a great success.

The Mission

I've got a list in my wallet of all the airports within 100 nm of Shafer Metro-East. My goal is to fly to all of them, land and throw a dip in. I chew Timberwolf Mint if anyone is wondering. There are some airports that I have already been to as part of my training that I will skip. These airports are Sparta, Vandalia, Effingham, Litchfield, Salem, Taylorville, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Alton, Cahokia, Greenville, Jacksonville, Springfield Illinois and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Every time I fly I will attempt to travel to a new place. Tonight is no different. I am taking my Mom up for her first flight as my first passenger and we will travel to Pickneyville, IL (PJY). It should be excellent weather, 78 degrees, clear skies and winds 3 to 6 knots from the NW. I will attempt to video the flight and use my new AV8OR GPS. Hopefully I'll get some followers for this blog once I add video. I will quit typing to no one and get back to work now.

Friday, October 1, 2010


I just passed my private pilot check ride today. What a relief, 62 flying hours in 18 months it took me. During my training I have had my son born, my appendix removed, and my grandfather pass away. What a journey, can say I'm glad to see it over. Thanks to my flight instructor, Mike Smith, for flying whenever I needed to stay current. Thanks to my wife who doesn't realize I will be buying an aircraft in the near future. Thanks to my Mom for working in the restaurant when I needed to fly. The check ride was 1.8 hours long and the examiner went over every manuever, take-off and landing that I was taught. It was real and it was fun, but I wouldn't say it was real fun.