Lisbon, Portugal & More

Week 9 56 Our  “Road Map” It may be hard to believe, but this photo shows the oceanic plotting chart we used for our entire trip across the Atlantic. As the flight progressed, we recorded altitude and course changes and other conditions of flight. In graphic form, this chart shows much of the information contained in our approved Flight Plan, which contains specific details about the planned trip. Before each flight it is the the captain who files the required, formal flight plan with Air Traffic Control (ATC). Once airborne over land, we must stay in constant radio contact with … Continue reading Lisbon, Portugal & More

New Job – Training in Tucson

Week 6 38 Celebrating Success Between 2017 and 2019, I worked through the following steps on my quest to become a commercial airline pilot: Completed my Instrument rating in Cessna 172 on October 30, 2017 in Port Orange, FL. Earned my Multi-engine Commercial license in a Geronimo multi-engine commercial on March 21, 2018 in Port Orange at MC Flyers, where I later worked as an instructor. Achieved a Single-engine Commercial license in Milwaukee, WI on September 10, 2018. Became a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for Single-engine aircraft on September 24, 2018, also in Milwaukee. Became a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) … Continue reading New Job – Training in Tucson

Building Time

Week 4 26 Student? Teacher? Both! After getting my Instrument rating, I earned a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) rating for single-engine aircraft. Tech and I posed in front of the Cessna 172 that I often used to teach others to fly. When I did that, I was able to “build time” or add to my total number of flying hours even as I was flying with them as an instructor. Building time is important to anyone wanting a career in commercial aviation because the major airlines require at least 1500 hours of flying experience. In the background you can see … Continue reading Building Time

Learning to Fly

Week 2 A Big Decision My father was very interested in airplanes and flying so growing up I would often fly along with him. I always loved it, but never thought of making it a career. It wasn’t until after college that I made that decision. One day while my dad and I were out at the hangar, a jet came in to land. My dad looked at me and said, “There’s no reason why you can’t do that!” The rest is history! The next day I started flying lessons, while also finishing my degree in Social Work. I was … Continue reading Learning to Fly

Who’s Who and What’s What

Week 1 Come Fly with Me One of the reasons I started this writing project is to share my flying adventures with friends at Burns Science and Technology School in Oak Hill, Florida. I got to know the students there when I spoke to several classes during their annual Aviation Week in 2018. At that time I was just beginning my training to become a commercial pilot. The students were very excited about aviation in general and had many great questions about my own personal experiences, but we ran out of time. When we parted, I promised to keep in … Continue reading Who’s Who and What’s What

Week 1 : Who’s Who & What’s What

Flying Adventures with Quin & the Twins Who’s Who & What’s What Week 1 One of the reasons I started this writing project is to share my flying adventures with friends at Burns Science and Technology School in Oak Hill, Florida. I got to know the students there when I spoke to several classes during their annual Aviation Week in 2018. At that time I was just beginning my training to become a commercial pilot. The students were very excited about aviation in general and had many great questions about my own personal experiences, but we ran out of time. … Continue reading Week 1 : Who’s Who & What’s What