Flying Stories

May 10, 2014

Part 2: Army Helicopter Flight School 1969

  This is guest post from professional pilot and author, Byron Edgington.  He is the author of The Sky Behind Me and you are sure to enjoy this piece.    Part 2: Ft. Wolters Texas, Army Helicopter Flight School 1969.   Solo   I’d been in Army helicopter flight school for two months. The schedule, the heat,…

April 21, 2014

Army Helicopter School 1969

  This is guest post from professional pilot and author, Byron Edgington.  He is the author of The Sky Behind Me and you are sure to enjoy this piece.    PART 1:   Ft. Wolters Texas, Army Helicopter Flight School 1969.   Once my Snowbird month was over it was time to head to the flight line where…

March 29, 2014

The Practical Use Of An Airplane – Part 2

If you read Part 1 you’ll know I was reveling in my successful freight run from Ohio down to the panhandle of Florida. The cargo happened to be my 18 year old son who was heading down to the Spring Break ravaged town of Panama City and a week of frolicking among other like-minded, hormone-encrusted,…

March 23, 2014

Practical Use Of An Airplane – Part 1

I’m always looking for ways to deploy my airplane in a practical way. I know many of you fly trips as your primary mission, but the vast majority of my personal flying is just local. Flying for the $100 hamburger, practicing formation, and doing aerobatics are 85% of what I intended to do with my…

March 1, 2014

My Most Memorable Passenger

This is my humble contribution to the #blogformation group in which we are writing about our most memorable passenger(s). Having flown for hire all of my adult life, I have seen a lot different passengers. My most memorable one came from the days when I flew piston twins for a company in my home town. …

February 2, 2014

My Favorite Destination: Blogging in Formation Series

We didn’t really go anywhere when I was growing up, in fact my first airline flight was in my 20s well after I was already out on my own and flying professionally. It was in the back of a 737 from Cody, WY to Oklahoma City after delivering a Bellanca Super Viking to a former…

January 5, 2014

My Flying Bliss

This post originated from a video I just finished (link below) so I thought I would share it here with a bit of an explanation behind it.  Winter is firmly entrenched in Ohio and there is more on the way. Cabin fever is starting to kick in big time as I haven’t flown my airplane…

November 2, 2013

American Spitfire Recon Squadron

This is my humble contribution to the blogging in formation series.  Inspired by the video that I will link to at the end of this post, I wanted to summarize this incredible story of aerial courage and daring. After the United States entered the European theatre, it would have been a strange sight indeed to see…

September 30, 2013

My Most Instructional Moment

This is my humble contribution to the blogging in formation series. For this month’s #blogformation post, Cap ‘n Aux astutely chose “my most instructional moment” as the theme.  I had to think about this one for a few minutes. As a former instructor I feel like I could choose between either side of the coin –…

August 22, 2013

THE ADDICTION OF FORMATION FLYING

Having flown some formation in my youth, I was familiar with the addictive nature of this kind of flying. Back then I was a mixture of self-trained (read: SCARY and NOT RECOMMENDED) and loosely instructed. My “training” was from a grizzled Vietnam-era F-4 jock. He was in a Pitts and I was in a 2/3rd scale composite…