As you may have gathered from my bios, aviation has been an important part of my life. However, this site hasn't focused much on it. Consequently, I thought I'd share some stories about my flying experiences. Although I had intensive training when I first learned to fly in the '60s, once my FAA career started, I didn't fly all that much. In fact, while I logged about 200 hours from January, '66 until July of '67, it took me about 30 years to double that total. Still, I have some stories…

My most glorious flying experience is here.

While not loggable hours, I spent 100 or more in the jump seat (cockpit) of commercial airliners (including about two hours in the left seat of a B767 over the Atlantic) on almost every flight I took while I was with the FAA. I learned a few things along the way, including that Cockpit Resource Management is a very effective tool in long as everyone understands the terms.

There’s something about flying in the blind that requires an act of faith…eventually. Read about The Day I Became an Instrument Pilot.

Do you think riding with your child when they're learning to drive is tough? Try this.

Did you ever have a Duh! moment when flying? Here's one I survived.

I did the same thing as Charles Lindbergh…sort of.

Not my experience, but one of a friend, and to me it's just a great read.

An airplane thread on APBIF prompted me to post a comment describing my Brush With a Staggerwing.

Last updated: 28 January 2013

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