“Keep Your Dream Alive”

When I started professional flight training back in the summer of 2000, I had dreams of leaving corporate America behind and moving from the cubicle world to controls of a jet aircraft.  I wanted to walk away from the flourescent lights, boring meetings, high anxiety "dog-eat-dog" mentality, and pursue another way of being. I had …

CFI – Certified Flight Instructor: 10/1/2000

Teaching someone else how to do something hearkens back to the days of Master Craftsmen and their Apprentices.  The days when the skilled and experienced artisan passed on their knowledge and training onto a junior aspirant, and it has its roots in religious systems as well.  To pass on a skill, a concept, or a …

“Flying down memory lane.”

Recently, I had the joy of receiving a rental checkout from my first private pilot student.  He now flies corporate jets as a Captain, and he probably has over 8,000 hours.  It was an incredible experience to fly again with my dear friend Paul Scott.  The best part was the  time we had before and …

“Pushing the Envelope …”

"Pushing the Envelope ..."      24 February 2018              The training for the Commercial Pilot Certificate includes a great deal of study, and many hours of cross-country flying (mentioned in my last blog), but it also includes practical training that allows the pilot to demonstrate some key performance maneuvers. According to FAR 91.303, …

“Show me the Money” – Commercial Pilot Training

            Soon after obtaining my instrument rating, my instructor Beth and I started training for my commercial pilot certificate check ride. Hours of study on regulations, weather, commercial operations, and aircraft systems resulted in my passing of the Commercial Pilot written exam. Speaking of regulations, it may be helpful to understand what FAA privileges and …

“Snoozin’ and Cruisin’”: Crossing Florida in a Cessna 172

 During my professional flight training, I had to build up my total hours for the Commercial Pilot Certificate requirements. I also needed to build simulated instrument time, as I was working on my Instrument rating. So, it was necessary for me to fly several instrument cross countries with a “safety pilot.” I flew a few …

“Flying Blind” – Instrument Rating (Circa 2000)

            My father-in-law’s health began to decline in 1999, and my spouse I wrestled with the decision to move closer to him and his spouse, so Terri could spend time with her father before he died. That decision would require us to leave our careers, and embark on a new way of life. At the …

“Coming home” – USAF Aux./Civil Air Patrol (1999)

            Nineteen years ago (1999), Terri and I left the Chicago suburbs and the buying offices of Sears Roebuck and Company, and moved to Birmingham, AL. This move came about, because we were offered and accepted buying positions with a large, growing, regional retail conglomerate. After we were settled in our new jobs and new …