Flying Stories

March 23, 2015

What Drew Me to Flying

42 years ago I was sitting on my bedroom floor playing the game Careers with my girlfriends. This was a game where we spun the wheel to land on the career of our choice. Yes… we could become a stewardess, librarian, teacher, nurse, or model! A stewardess was the career of the times.    …

March 2, 2015

Challenge Yourself

All of us have reasons that we love airplanes and flying.  Maybe it was a parent or other relative that passed their love of aviation on to you.  Or maybe you just lived near an airport and were fascinated by the amazing machines that defied gravity to venture to all corners of the earth.  …

February 2, 2015

Restoring The Passion For Flying

Along with many of my fellow avgeeks, I have spent a lot of time recently writing about trying to get new people excited about aviation.  It is incredibly important that we spark that new interest where possible, but there is another group that is also in need of a spark these days. Many professional aviators…

January 19, 2015

When Hell Freezes Over

So this is a winter twist: Being from California – and flying from California – we don’t deal with winter ops on a daily basis. Last night we flew into Bozeman Montana. All of the high risk factors were there: high elevation, mountainous, nighttime, freezing temps, snow, and marginal weather to shoot an approach.  …

January 5, 2015

Read The NOTAMs!

You know what they say – READ THE NOTAMS! We always get this great advice and it really would be the wisest thing to do, but sometimes your head isn’t in the game.  Let me give you an example: I spend most my time at 500 feet AGL in a taildragger, talking to absolutely no…

December 22, 2014

Where is Mark today? – Chicago

Drumroll please… Chicago! Wait I meant sigh, Chicago… The last couple of days have been a whirlwind. Yesterday we departed HWD for DLS,  an airport that proved to be one of the most challenging approaches I have done in a jet in recent memory. The weather was marginal, but the gusty wind conditions only allowed…

December 1, 2014

Lessons Learned: When to Ground Yourself

Hi Everyone! As previously mentioned, iFLYblog.com is EXPANDING with NEW CONTRIBUTORS! Joining us today is David Lynn, a C-130H Navigator and blogger. You can read his about page by clicking his name in the ABOUT menu on the iFLYblog.com homepage! Now without further lies and stories, please enjoy this post from contributor David Lynn  …

November 9, 2014

General Aviation Versus Airline Flying

As mentioned before, iFLYblog.com is EXPANDING with NEW CONTRIBUTORS! Joining us today is Karlene Petitt, Airbus 330 Pilot and author! You can read her about page by clicking her name in the ABOUT menu on the iFLYblog.com homepage! A while back Karlene posted this neat question answer session she had with a young CFI who…

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,…