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Flying with firearms? Check out this guide from Lucy Gunner

A while ago Lucky Gunner sent me a link to this site. At the time, I wasn't considering the possibility of owning a firearm but things have changed and I have added a new hobby to my life.

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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.

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Scenic New York City Flight With Todd of My Flight

After talking with Todd of My Flight Blog dot com a few times I decided to offer up one of my NYC Skyline flights. He mentioned that he had done it once before, but I knew it wasn't "my" NYC Skyline flight. As mentioned in some of my earier posts ...

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Matt Younkin Twin Beech Airshow in-flight video

Check out this awesome video of Matt Younkin during his airshow performance at Hamilton in the Beech 18. I have always loved watching him doing his thing and now thanks to LearnToFlyCA we can see what it's like to fly along with Matt during one of his shows.

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Deadly Failure?

Check out this great lesson on loss of control in IMC conditions from Pilot Workshops and enter to win a Bose headset!

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Commercial Pilot Check Ride

After two long years of on and off flight training, I finally earned my commercial pilots license!

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Flying with my son

My 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 ...

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My 4 year old son’s first flight lesson

Come along with me and my 4 year old son on a little flight lesson in a Cessna 172sp

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Pilot Professionalism by Robert Sumalt NTSB (Video)

Pilot Professionalism by Robert Sumalt of the NTSB at the University of North Dakota. It's a bit long but well worth the time. A must watch for any pilot weather you fly a Boeing 747 or a Piper Cub.

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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!

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FAA to review aviation footage from manned and unmanned aircraft aka drones

Heads up fellow aviators, especially guys and gals with "drones". The FAA has issued the below notice to it's inspectors to begin the process of reviewing published internet content from Aviators of both maned and unmanned aircraft.

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IFR checkride

I 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 ...

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PBS Carrier – Landing on a pitching deck

PBS Carrier - Landing on a pitching deck

From the PBS documentary series "Carrier" - Rites of Passage. Navy pilots landing aboard the USS Nimitz during rough seas in the Pacific at night.

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IFR flight to Niagara Falls 2011

Flight log 9/11/2011 (with HD Video) IFR flight to Niagara Falls in the 182RG. This time we would have to contend with some IFR conditions and weather decisions.

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Tailplane Icing: A NASA Study

I originally discovered this video at and found it quite educational so I figured I would share it with our viewers.

A number of years ago NASA conducted a study on tailplane icing and made this video for all pilots. It outlines some of the distinct differences in both the symptoms and recovery techniques used during a tailplane stall due to tailplane icing. You never know, someday you might need to know the difference.

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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 »

PBS Carrier – Landing on a pitching deck

Some more stuff from YouTube.. Enjoy. This one is awesome! Landing an an aircraft carrier during rough seas at night. Now that will get your attention!

From the PBS documentary series “Carrier” – Rites of Passage.
Navy pilots landing aboard the USS Nimitz during rough seas in the Pacific. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain Elrey Borge “Jepp” Jeppesen

The following is a series of videos I ran across on you tube I hope you enjoy them. I am a subscriber of the Jeppesen airway manual service and find the product to be excellent. As an added unexpected benefit I have found the process of updating the charts to be a great armchair flying activity. I mentally fly the updated approaches while inserting them into the binders. Sure it gets a little old sometimes, but the quality of the charts and thoughtfulness that goes into the product more than makes up for the added time spent updating the charts. I highly recommend checking them out.
(Source: Video-Andy J. Musenreder; Text-National Aviation Hall of Fame)

Captain Elrey Borge “JEPP” Jeppesen, Jan. 28, 1907 – November 26, 1996. The following video was shown at the memorial service shortly after his death in November of 1996. Jepp received numerous plaques and awards over the years, but he was most proud of the letters he received from pilots who said, “Jepp, you saved my life, made my flying safer and easier, and given me great confidence on those dark, stormy nights.”

Jepp began flying as a barnstormer with Tex Rankin’s Flying Circus. Flew for Fairchild Aerial Survey, photographing the Mississippi Delta area around New Orleans. Read the rest of this entry »

Mattituck TMX 360 Engine Assembly Workshop

On Saturday March 13th I attended the Mattituck TMX 360 Engine Assembly Workshop in Mattituck NY. The original plan was to attend the event with some of my fellow flying club members but due to scheduling conflicts I went solo. Bad weather was forecast in the Northeast so I made the call early on to drive. The weather turned out to be quite bad so there were no regrets about scrubbing the flight. Read the rest of this entry »

P-51 Mustang Tribute film: Gray Eagles by Chris Woods

jimbrookstopimageFilmmaker and P-51 Mustang Pilot Chris Woods has put together a wonderful film that captures the emotional reunion between a humble WWII Mustang ace (Jim Brooks) and the historic plane he thought he’d never see again.

Inspired by the flood of memories triggered by this unimaginable encounter with a long lost friend, the 88-year old pilot finally breaks his silence, sharing his stories and experiences of war with the grandchildren who never thought they’d hear them. 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 »

How Aviation can change your life

Check out Rod Machado’s website and
This is a story about Henry, Rod’s 16 year old student who was having trouble in school, then learned to fly. Flying transformed his life. Listen to Henry’s story.

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 »

NJ town’s efforts to buy Solberg airport creating turbulence

By Veronica Slaght
large_SolbergReadington Township has spent more than $3 million since 2001 to gain control of about 700 acres of land surrounding and including Solberg Airport, documents show. The town wants to preserve the land as open space. But with little to show for the expense, some residents are saying: Enough. “It’s out of control,” resident Bill Lewis said of the spending and ongoing court battle. Township administrator Vita Mekovetz said the $3 million went toward negotiations with the Solbergs, a bond ordinance, condemnation proceedings, an airport hazard zone ordinance and litigation. “We’re generally very conservative with money,” said Mayor Julia Allen. “But we’re fighters, too.” Allen said the township is taking the land to preserve open space and to halt the sprawl that threatens to spread west on Route 22, just a couple miles north of the airport.

Solberg Airport is owned by the Solberg family and is just west of the Somerset County line in Hunterdon County. Read the rest of this entry »

FAA Finalizes Changes in Hudson River Airspace

Manhatten_SmallFor Immediate Release
November 16, 2009
FAA Finalizes Changes in Hudson River Airspace to Enhance Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today finalized a federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, that will enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace.
“Better separation of aircraft means a higher margin of safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These new rules will ensure that aircraft can operate safely in the busy Hudson River airspace.” 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 »

Flying Heavy Metal Episode Boeing 747 vs Concorde

boeing-747-200Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden presents the history of jet travel from his perspective as a Boeing 757 pilot for the UK airline Astraeus. A total of five episodes include historical footage from manufacturer’s archives, including a test pilot completing an unauthorized barrel roll in the Boeing 707. Also discusses the development of the de Havilland Comet, the 747 and the A380, 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 »

NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128


Click here to watch live streaming video from NASA TV

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PRESS KIT describing the mission
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AirVenture Music Video by slickhutto (HD Video)

Awesome video from AirVenture 2009 by slickhutto. Enjoy!

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles US Air 1549 Crew discuss ditching A320 in the Hudson River at AirVenture 2009 (HD Video)

2009-01-20-USAirwaysFlight1549Watch the US Airways Flight 1549 crew discuss the events of January 15, 2009 at  EAA AirVenture 2009.

US Airways Flight 1549 was a scheduled commercial passenger flight from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, that, on January 15, 2009, ditched in the Hudson River adjacent to Manhattan six minutes after departing from LaGuardia Airport.

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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 »

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009

We made the drive to Oshkosh AirVenture 2009. It took us over 15 hours in my Honda Civic SI.
We stopped at a hotel on the way out just north of Chicago for the night but drove the entire way home without an overnight stop. Click on the below picture to check out some of our pictures from our trip.

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Concorde History at EAA AirVenture (Video)

Video documenting the history of the Concorde at EAA AirVenture. BA_Concorde

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EAA AirVenture Predator Lands at Oshkosh (Video)

Watch the US Customs Predator arrive at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.749pxmq1_predator_2151267003 Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 (Upcoming Trip)

About a year ago when our maintenance officer Ed asked if I would like to go to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh I jumped at the opportunity! So this year will be my first year at Oshkosh and I can’t wait. 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 »

Owner of Sussex County airport admits embezzling FAA


Steve Klaver/The Star-LedgerPaul Styger, owner of a Sussex Airport, in a 2002 photo.

NEWARK — The owner of a small airport in Sussex County pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $375,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Paul G. Styger, 87, who has owned Sussex Airport since 1953, told U.S. District Judge Jose Linares that he pocketed money intended for upgrading the runway, airfield and other facilities.

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When in doubt GO AROUND

sbh crashA lesson to us all. Video of a crash at (SBH) St. Barthelemy Airport

How many landings have you done where that little voice in your head (put there by your flight instructor) kept telling you, GO AROUND, GO AROUND, GO AROUND? This is a good lesson to every pilot out there. I know after watching this accident I will be a bit more careful. The good thing about powered flight is that we “normally” have the go around option. Read the rest of this entry »

Concorde Videos

A series of videos from a BBC special on the Legendary Concorde. A must watch! airfranceconcorde Read the rest of this entry »

Emergency Landing caught on video

emergency-landingPOLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) — The Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In starts today and already there were some tense moments in the sky for a pilot headed to the event.
The pilot, Kyle Davis, 22, and his passenger, Joe Surowiec, were flying from Winter Haven to Lakeland Sunday when they experienced engine failure. 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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