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Flying to EAA AirVenture 2013 full length video

Video of our flight to EAA AirVenture 2013.Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 11.30.17 PM

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Beechcraft Secures Largest General Aviation Propeller Aircraft Order in History, Valued at $1.4 Billion

imageBeechcraft Secures Largest General Aviation Propeller Aircraft Order in History, Valued at $1.4 Billion

Deal includes up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft and associated maintenance services for Wheels Up, a new private aviation membership company, formed by Marquis Jet founder

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Commercial Flight Maneuvers practice 6/1/2013

IMG_1547So, in this video I thought I “had it”. Good news is, I now know that I didn’t “have it nailed” but I have a better idea of what I was doing wrong.

It’s a learning process. You know you are close to mastery when you can “see” what you are really doing wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Flying the Dassault Falcon 7X FAA FFS Level D simulator

Mike Bennett flying the Falcon 7xThe call that I had been waiting for finally came. It was my Falcon pilot friend (who will go unnamed for this story). He was scheduled for his 12 month check flight in the Falcon 7X and invited me to stop by for some free flight time.

I cleared it with the boss, left work early and headed up to CAE. Once I arrived he escorted me to the simulator. As we got closer, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. I had been away from flying for a little while due to other financial needs and wasn’t even IFR current or proficient in my Cessna 172, never mind a jet! NO PRESSURE. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight with Lou


Out of the blue, I responded to Lou’s Facebook post about flying the Dakota on Saturday morning. His description of the flight was tempting. Clear smooth sky’s with great aircraft performance thanks to cool temperatures on this crisp fall day.

I was working from home on a cutover and wasn’t thinking about flying. I offered to come up and see him “soon” thinking that I would fly up some time next week. Just then, my wife commented “when are you leaving?” Read the rest of this entry »

Helping to fill the bucket list

As a pilot, we are often asked to take people flying, sometimes it works out, other times it doesn’t but when it does, it can turn into a rewarding experience for both the pilot and the passenger, especially when that passenger has never flown in a small aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Flying to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to experience AirVenture (aka Oshkosh) you may wonder why so many of us attend year after year. Well for me, AirVenture is a little different every year, and this would be my fourth year in a row. I guess there is something alluring about spending a week with thousands of aviators from all walks of life. We are, after all, a relatively small percentage of the population and as you might expect, you tend to make a friend or two. If I had to list just one thing that brings me back year after year it is just that. You tend to meet some great people at Oshkosh! Read the rest of this entry »

Space Shuttle Discovery final mission Dulles (HD Video)

On Tuesday 4/17/2012 Stephen T, Neal and I flew the 182RG down to Dulles to witness the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Truly a sight I will not soon forget! Read the rest of this entry »

IFR flight to Bay Bridge W29

Flight log 2/19/2012 Bay Bridge with Stephen T
As mentioned in my previous writ-up I have cut back on flying so I could save for my Commercial Pilots License. I hadn’t flown in about two moths so when Stephen sent me a message asking if I would like to fly down to W29 -Bay Bridge- I figured it was about time I got back in the air. Read the rest of this entry »

IFR flight to Niagara Falls 2011

Flight log 9/11/2011
Yet another great flight that I am just getting around to logging; I am starting to feel like I need a staff writer. 🙂

So why Niagara Falls again? My normal co-pilot Stephen T asked if I wanted to join the “summerset airport crew” for a flight to the falls, at first I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of flying on 9/11 not to mention the 10th anniversary.

I was two blocks north (on the West Side Highway) when the second plane hit the south tower and saw the first plane just prior to impact with the north tower. My life changed on that day and I will never forget it.

It just so happens that the organizer of this trip is also the chairman of the NYC branch of the USO. He is (among other things) a retired Army Captain and in my opinion, a real patriot. He sent out an email requesting donations and attendees for the first annual USO 9/11 remembrance walk in NYC to be held on 9/10. I signed up and also invited my mother along. We attended and enjoyed it so much that we plan on attending next year as well.

This was my second trip to the falls and as mentioned in my previous post I really wanted to take my son along, but this time Steven had a birthday party to attend to so yet again he was going to miss this flight. Ya never know, third time may be the trick! Read the rest of this entry »

NYC Skyline Flight 8-29-2011 (HD Video)

Yet another of my NYC skyline flights in the NY class bravo. This time we brought the camera with us using a new camera mount. I am not happy with the footage (too much vibration) but it’s still worth watching.

I did my best to capture all of the communications (even the parts that make me twitch) like not reading back my class bravo clearance. Read the rest of this entry »

McGuire AFB Tour and C17 level D Simulator flight.

Now this was a trip well worth the time off from work (and the late night that followed making up for the lost time). A fellow flying friend of ours invited us to a VIP tour of McGuire AirForce Base (McGuire is now a joint services base but I grew up calling it an Air Force base so I am sticking to it for now :-)) Included in the trip was a chance to fly the C17 Level D Simulator and tour some aircraft. I had flown an AirForce simulator once before (the T6 at Randolph AFB TX), but it wasn’t level D (full motion for the non aviation readers) so I was looking forward to it! Read the rest of this entry »

VFR Flight Morristown KMMU to Andover Aeroflex N12 6/26/2011

Not a perfect flight but still worth watching and learning from. Shows what happens when you are used to flying out of fields with 4000 + long runways. It didn’t help that 20 + members of the flying club were watching from the picnic area to the east of the runway. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

IFR Flight to Washington Dulles International

Flight log 5/22/2011 I am quite a bit behind on my write-ups lately. Work and family life has been beyond crazy lately. I assure you I have been flying 🙂

This weekend’s mission was a visit to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles airport in Chantilly, Virginia with the Princeton Flying Tigers. Stephen T, his friend Nadeem and I would be flying our Cessna 172sp during this trip. 0TH isn’t the fastest bird in the fleet but she is the best equipped with a moving map MFD an HSI and two-axis Autopilot the only thing we are missing is on-board weather. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight to Portland Maine

20110508-100505.jpgWrite-up in progress.. Here are some pictures from the trip. Read the rest of this entry »

IFR flight Morristown NJ to Latrobe PA

Flight log 4/9/2011

Eric from the flying club asked if I could fly with him to Johnstown PA so he could see his family. Always up for some flying time and an opportunity to fly with another pilot, I agreed. The plan was to depart after work on Friday and return solo that same night. Initial flight planning had the flight time around 2 hours each way, so it would be a long day for me.

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Back in the air

Flight log 2/17/2011: The forecast was right! Winter was going to take a day off on Thursday so I decided to book my old friend 4757t for some flying time. Now what to do and where to go? Due to the weather in the Northeast I haven’t flown much so I decided to request a Safety pilot from the flying club for some IFR work. Mike D responded first so after a few emails we were scheduled for a flight at 4:30PM.

I filed KMMU to KMGJ on printed my nav-log and grabbed the iPad. The winds were favoring 21 but it would be late enough to fit in for a practice ILS3 approach to what traffic might be around, if not we could always break it off and circle to land.

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My 4 year old son’s first flight lesson

As some of you already know, my son and I have flown together a few times.
On Saturday the plan was to meet my friend Frank at the airport and follow him in his Cirrus SR22 up to Orange County KMGJ to drop off his airplane for it’s annual inspection. Long story short, he had mechanical problems and couldn’t make it, so Steven and I ended up going for a little “flight lesson”.
I had to edit some things out to keep the video at 15 minutes, but you get the idea.
Enjoy and please leave your comments.
Some thoughts on my son:
As long as he has the desire to go for it; he has a great opportunity to do some really awesome things in his life. As with any parent, I act as his guide and hope he finds the path that suits him best. I am planting seeds already. I ask him “do you want to fly F18s or F22s?” He answered me after this flight.. “Daddy, I want to fly to the moon” 🙂

“Pilot Physiology”

By Matt Kreilein,

Being a scientist, I’m always interested in collecting data random as it may be.

Today I drove to Schenectady NY to fly with my old CFII for some instrument work. I like to make the trip up 1-2 times a year to fly with him and/or to reconnect with old friends from when I worked in Albany. Today, I decided to wear a GPS watch and HR monitor (standard marathoner training gear) just to see if anything happened. I actually meant to do this last night but forgot the HR monitor at home. It would have been interesting to see the spike in my HR when just at wheels up I saw a groundhog run across Rwy 24 at KPNE at the farthest point of where the landing light reaches ahead of you in 0TH. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight to Niagara Falls

Flight log 10/8/2010 Niagara Falls:
11/29/2010 Sorry for the late post on this one:
As of late I have been very busy getting ready for our new baby due in November. This has led to less time flying and for the website; at least I had this flight to look forward to.

Back in August one of my fellow flying club members Mike D had asked if I would like to plan a trip to Niagara Falls in our Cessna 182RG. Needless to say I decided to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Scenic New York City Flight With Todd of My Flight

Back in September of 2009 I “followed” a fellow pilot and aviation blogger on Twitter not really thinking much of it. Soon after, Todd from responded with a message that his wife’s family lived near my airport and was wondering if I would like to go flying someday. As with just about any pilot, I agreed.

Fast forward to November of 2010. Todd sent me another message, he mentioned that he would be in the area visiting family and was wondering if we could go flying. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight with my son: Morristown NJ to Georgetown DE with the North East Flyers

Flight log 8/21/2010

I had originally planned to take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend but when I started receiving emails from the FAA regarding upcoming TFRs for President Obama’s planned vacation I figured I should make other plans.

Earlier in the week Gary from the Northeast Flyers had invited me to his lunch run at Georgetown DE. As always it would give me one more chance to meet some fellow pilots and explore a new airport so I made the call to go for it. All I had to do now was figure out who I was going to take. My wife isn’t much of a flyer, so unless we were going on a real trip I wasn’t even going to try. Her friend expressed interest but at the time I was still waiting on responses from some of my fellow pilot friends. As I got the answers back it started to look more and more like this trip was going to be with my son. After all Steven loves to fly with his daddy so all in all not a bad deal. Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture 2010

Well it really came down to the wire on this one but at 16:00 local we made the final GO call for our trip to Oshkosh this year. We had delayed the trip due to conditions at the north 40 aircraft parking grounds since we are flying in Frank’s Cirrus SR22 and the wheel pants go for around $2000 each! But everything changed when I got a last minute hard surface parking reservation at the Baslier FBO. So as of now we are a go for launch!

I will post facebook updates so check in using our facebook page to the right. We are departing tomorrow morning Friday 7/30.

Lots of pictures and video to come 🙂

Lunch flight to York PA with my son and the Northeast Flyers

Yet another chance to meet-up with my fellow pilot friend Gary of the Northeast Flyers and also get some more IFR experience along the way. I had originally planned to fly our Cessna 182RG since I had just earned my complex / high performance endorsements and logged the required 10 hours in the aircraft, but due to a failure of the gear warning system the aircraft was grounded so we took our trusty friend N159SP. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight to Hamilton NY KVGC 6/25/2010

Flight log 6/25/2010

This was our second attempt at our dinner flight to Hamilton NY. During the last flight we made the call to divert to Lincoln Park due ATC routing and a wicked headwind. This time things would go more smoothly, well at least we hoped it would. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight to Hamilton NY Attempt 1 (divert to Lincoln Park)

On Monday 6/7 my friend and fellow flying club member Stephen asked if I would like to fly to Hamilton NY for dinner on Friday night. As I am always looking for a chance to fly under the hood and check out new places I agreed.

The original plan was to leave work and head directly to the airport but since I left my camera and change of clothes at home I stopped by the house on the way. As soon as I got in I saw my son. I was hoping to avoid running into him since he always makes me feel bad about flying without him. What can I say, he loves spending time with his daddy and his daddy loves spending time with him. Sure enough, after checking with Stephen to make sure it would be ok to take my son I quickly got him ready and ran to the car just in time for rush hour traffic!

On our way to the airport I called Stephen and asked him to get the airplane ready. I wanted to fly IFR on the first leg since there was an overcast layer at about 4000 feet. As I pulled into the airport Stephen informed me that he was still waiting on fuel and on top of that my overcast layer was quickly breaking up. Read the rest of this entry »

EAA240’s Pancake Breakfast – and RV Fly-In N57

(UPDATE 5/15/2010) During the days leading up to this trip I had been working on my planned flight to London Ontario Canada for the Diamond Aircraft Factory tour with the Republic Flyers. I had even canceled this flight at one point so I could stay an additional day in Toronto.  Unfortunately due to a strong low to our north witch was bringing with it 40+ knot headwinds, low IFR conditions and embedded thunderstorms I had to scrap that flight (see flight to Canada not to be for more information).

The night before, a cold front came through which cleared the air of the thunderstorms but also brought with it stronger surface winds. As the flight neared it became obvious that I would have to contend with some wicked winds at least during our return trip, so the day before I called Ed and asked his comfort level with flying with his niece on a windy day. He assured me that she was a veteran flyer and bumps have never been an issue. I also knew that my son responds well to bumpy air (he falls asleep) hopefully he breaks this little habit before becoming a pilot himself.

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Flight to Canada (Not to be…)

Well I hate this but as they say “it is better to stand on the ground wishing you were in the air then to be in the air wishing you were on the ground”
After spending way to much time and money getting ready for my flight to Canada for the (Diamond Aircraft Factory Tour with the Republic Flyers) I have decided to pull the plug. The final nail in the coffin was when my estimated time in route (ete) went from 3:30 to over 4 hours due to a strong headwind thereby requiring an en-route stop in hard IFR conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Alternator failure during IFR flight to Martha’s Vineyard in VMC

While in route to Martha’s Vineyard my friend and fellow flying club member Stephen and I experienced an alternator controller failure (basically a voltage regulator). It wasn’t a big deal since we were in day visual conditions and the engine does not require electrical power to operate. I have learned a few things from watching the video.. Read the rest of this entry »

Flying with my son

Steven flying3My Son Steven and I have now logged about 6 flights and I figured it was time to do a bit of writing on the subject. From about the time my son became old enough to hold a toy airplane he has been fascinated with flying. Sometimes I think he is more interested in airplanes than I am. I just hope his interest doesn’t wane as flying becomes more and more “routine” for him. My wife on the other hand has never really caught the flying bug. There was a time when she “unenthusiastically” flew with me almost every weekend but at that time I was a new pilot and her dislike for small planes was confirmed on more than a few bumpy summer afternoons Read the rest of this entry »

Flight to Ocean City MD

ocean_city_mdOcean City MD
One of the most common questions I am asked as a pilot is “what is the furthest place you have flown to?” If you are a pilot you know what I mean and after being a pilot for 9 years you would think I would have some really cool answer but actually I didn’t. During the years I had made a few flights to locations such as Nashua NH, Manassas VA, and Providence RI with other pilots but since they did the flight planning and most of the flying I considered myself more of a passenger than a crew member. Read the rest of this entry »

My first IFR flight in IMC

IFR enrouteFinally some IMC!
After all of  my IFR flight training you would expect to see some actual IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) flight time in my log book, but after about 42 hours of IFR time there wasn’t much. Just a few flights at altitude in and out of the cloud layer, not what I would consider IMC. Well yesterday I made up for some of that. I didn’t think my simulated instrument time provided enough experience to just hop in the plane solo, takeoff into the soup and fly an approach to minimums; so I opted to fly with an instructor. After calling the flight school the dispatcher let me know that one of the instructors would head up to the airport in about an Read the rest of this entry »

IFR checkride

172sp panelI have been working on my IFR rating for about a year now and after a few months of pretty intensive training I went for my IFR check ride with my DPE (FAA Designated Pilot Examiner).
My first step was to sign up for the IFR ground school at American Flyers in Morristown NJ. I attended the IFR ground course and studied at night. After the 3 day course I took the IFR written exam and passed with a 90%. It wasn’t the 100% I was aiming for but I will take it.  Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture by Helicopter (HD Video)

Bell47G-3B-1My first flight in a Helicopter.

While attending EAA AirVenture 2009 I decided to check out the Bell 47G helicopters flying above our camp site every day. So I headed over to the EAA museum. Paid the $40.00 and waited my turn for the flight.

As I was waiting I thought to myself… No one knows that I am taking this flight. I hope we don’t crash! Just then I ran into my friend Dwight.. Read the rest of this entry »

A day at the airport Andover Aeroflex 12N (HD Video)

aeroflex450My flying club 150th aero flying club had our annual picnic at Andover Aeroflex airport 12N on Saturday 6/12/2009. The weather was bad over most of the state so flying our planes up to the airport was out of the question, but I did get the chance to take some shots of the Piper Cubs making their trips around the pattern using my new Cannon HF s10. If you live in the area and would like to check them out follow this link to the Andover Flight Academy. Read the rest of this entry »

Knocking off the rust

I haven’t flown an airplane since being laid off from my job of 9 years in early May. So I finally decided to get back up in the air. Maybe flying would dispel my “I don’t have a job” funk.

The plan was to depart from Morristown KMMU and make the short trip to Alexandra Field N85 for some landings and then play it by ear. The weather in the northeast has been a bit unsettled to say the least, so when I woke up Sunday morning to rain I wasn’t surprised. Hoping that the weather would improve I moved my reservation to later in the afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

My first flight in the Lancair 360

kslancair360 My first impression was “this ain’t no VFR training airplane!”. This was My first flight in Keith Smith’s (ks flight log) Lancair 360 and my first flight in anything faster than a Piper Arrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Kentmorr Airpark 3w3


This trip has been postponed due to forecasted weather conditions for Sunday the 17th. Updates to follow. I am still looking for passengers.

For about the past year or so my pilot mentor Lou has been asking me when we could team up and fly to Kentmorr Air park 3w3. I plan on flying our Cessna 172sp, Lou and his wife Patty will fly in their cherished Cessna 170B. I just completed the SFRA training course on the faa safety website (required when flying within 60 NM of the DCA VORTAC).

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NYC Skyline Flight with Mike

manhattan-southIntroducing first time flyer’s to the world of general aviation has got to be one of the most rewarding benefits of being a private pilot. After my wife discovered Facebook (and in turn found all of her old friends) I decided to give it a try. It didn’t take long for me to find all of my old friends, one of which was my former next door neighbor Mike. The last time I saw  him (01/2001) I was only a student pilot.

Flight Details:

My preferred route for this flight is to depart Morristown airport KMMU and switch over to Newark Tower KEWR (127.85). (Newark has a low altitude frequency that is used for helicopters and light aircraft traveling in the Newark area, they are usually very helpful, Read the rest of this entry »

Our flight to Block Island RI

block-islandAfter hearing about Bolck Island from my flying buddy’s for the longest time I decided to check it out; so on Thursday 9/18/2008 we flew our Cessna 172N N3054E to Block Island Rhode Island.

A little about Block Island: (Block Island Tourism Council)

Block Island has long been a haven for residents and visitors who have found here a quality of life that recalls the pleasures of a life that is simpler, slower, and somehow, more carefree. It’s no wonder that the Nature Conservancy has designated Block Island “One of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere.” Read the rest of this entry »

NYC Skyline Night flight with Timmy

midtown-nyc-nightUncle Tim is a photographer so there are bound to be some good pictures. He was also a CH-46 Crew Chef during the Vietnam War, so I don’t have to worry about him on our flights. A few bumps aren’t going to bother this guy that’s for sure.

Flight details:

Our former flight club president sent us the details of his method of flying from Morristown Airport KMMU to the Hudson River via the busy New York class bravo airspace. At first I was a little reluctant to give it a try but after flying around the south side of the surface vale of Newark Airport’s airspace and getting a little to close to more than a few very large aircraft I decided to give it a try. We departed Morristown Airport (KMMU) and contacted Newark Tower (127.85). We received a clearance into the class bravo airspace (@ 1,500) and were cleared overhead the runway 4 numbers at Newark Airport. Read the rest of this entry »

Our trip to the Potomac TRACON

potomic_traconOn September 29th 2007 Irv (a long time member of our flying club) flew Ed (in the back seat) and me (copilot) to Manassas VA for a tour of the state of the art Potomac TRACON facility. This was my first flight in our 182RG N4757T and my first flight using IFR routing. Before this flight I had never really understood the advantage of flying IFR in VMC, but after this flight I was definitely interested in attaining my IFR rating. Read the rest of this entry »

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