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 aviation...as 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