Life is Marked by Moments…

Today (December 26/27) marks the tenth anniversary of the Indonesian Tsunami, and my youngest son’s tenth birthday.  We will always remember this terrible tragedy in the wake of the gift of my son, Jason.  I remember both vividly, and was moved by each with a deep emotional connection.  Life is marked by …

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Some Days It’s Enough, but Other Days I Long for More

Some days it’s enough to just look up at the sky and watch planes fly over, but other days, the pull of something more exciting calls me by name and beckons for me to come. It’s an airplane with my name on it that longs to be flown as much …

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When Life Mimics Hiking : The Pinnacle Trail

Today is a departure from flying for another thing I love to do, hiking.  Climbing the Pinnacle Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park to the 1705 foot height is like being at pattern altitude at my airport.  The view is like looking down from a plane and seeing the sights …

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Embracing Change: A New Flight School

In some ways, I’m a little strange when it comes to change.  It’s something I’ve always embraced fairly eagerly.  There’s something exciting about change and it’s usually a good thing. It means I’m stretching myself and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  It’s not ever easy but I find …

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A Look at the 2014 Blue Angels Homecoming

Coming home to Pensacola for the first time since 2009 wasn’t only my homecoming this year, but also the 100th Anniversary of the Navy and the Blue Angels 2014 Homecoming Show.  I hadn’t seen the Blue Angels fly in years.  I love an air show and seeing them at home …

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Amazing Beach Flying from PNS

Becoming a pilot opens up a whole new world of possibilities that you may never knew existed.  Returning home to Pensacola for my first visit since 2009 held a special excitement for me.  Not only is it the Navy’s 100th Anniversary, the Blue Angels are flying this weekend and I …

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Change is in the Air

Change is inevitable.  It can come suddenly and unexpectedly.  It can gnaw at you for weeks or months and just be an uncomfortable feeling where you just know that you need to make a change.  It’s not something most of us enjoy or even like to go through normally. Making …

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I Dream of an Adventure

Flying is a breath of fresh air in my week.  A time to get away from it all and think about nothing else, because when you’re learning to fly, that’s all you can do is focus on the task at hand if you want to learn to do it right.  …

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My First Solo: Struggles turn to joy

“I’m flying a plane all by myself!” I say out loud to the empty seat beside me and smile. I radio my position, “Wilgrove traffic, this is Cherokee six seven niner two Juliet turning downwind for runway three five, Wilgrove.” I glance to my right and to my left to …

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Weather and Aviation

I have always been fascinated with weather but not to the extent that aviation has mandated since I started flying.  A constant look to the skies now not only includes the hum of an engine but a look to assess the cloud cover, wind speed and direction as well.  A …

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