Flying Stories

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,…

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…