Friday, July 29, 2005


Those who have read my other blog know that I was in a minor airplane crash on Tuesday. I managed to grab a couple photos from my phone, but have not been able to get them loaded to the computer. As soon as possible though, I'll post those. I expect to fly down to Tennessee in the next few days anyway, so I'll get more photos of the extra-wrinkly airplane in question, but on a standard digital camera. That should speed the posting process. Alas, the only photos showing any of the reasonably large quantities of blood still on the plane, are the ones on the phone. So you may see a cleaned up version of it all.

I'll add more photos soon, which were taken a while ago, but I couldn't access. For now, just one new picture, of the pre-mangled sport aircraft, taken on the day of delivery.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Reasons to avoid in-flight icing

The accretion of ice in these photos was obviously not an in-flight event, but it shows how serious it could be. These shots were taken after a freezing rain at KSHD (Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport). As you can see, the weight of the ice was enough to lift the nose of the plane off the ground.

See the other photos here.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Aircraft That I Will Never Be Able To Buy...

Included, are the Cirrus SR22, Lancair Columbia 400, Beech A34, and the Tiger.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

DA20 Diamond Eclipse

Just a few more photos. Two at Harnett County Airport in North Carolina. Rich did the photography while I was taking an impromptu student for a spin. The other, taken from the cockpit during short final approach. I forget now which airport that was.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Random picture of the day

This is a shot I took of Massanutten Resort's ski slopes, around mid-April this year.

Just a few slopes, and obviously no more skiing at that point in the season. There is some reasonably nice hiking to do around the rim of the mountain though.

Massanutten is convenient to pilots flying around here, because it is a very distinct point, forming a bowl around the resort area. The whole mountain perfectly lines up with the runway at Shenandoah also. If that weren't enough, it is almost exactly 10 nautical miles to the threshold of runway 23, making for very easy estimates of distance.

Hearty "thank you" to mr. daley

Anybody involved in aviation knows exactly what i'm talking about here. Anybody from Chicago ought to also. Anyone else can read the basic story here.

Rich and I flew into Meigs Field enroute to Oshkosh, WI, in July, 2002. I feel lucky to have been there before Mayor Daley decided to ignore his promises and bulldoze the place without notifying anybody.

I won't spend this time complaining about why it should have been kept open. Rather, I will just share a couple photos taken as we cruised along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.


For the full text of the story about this trip, go here.

We started out with a plan. Sometimes that is a bad way to do it, since nothing really went according to that plan. But that's ok, we got some great photos along the way.

Starting at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Virginia (KSHD), where I was teaching and Rich was training at the time, we hopped into the school's Mooney and took off, hoping to reach Catalina Island and find some warm weather and sunshine. I guess we ought to have renewed the passports and flown down to Aruba, or somewhere like that.

But we did get some nice photos along the way. Most of the photos here were taken in Arizona. Sadly, though the plane was parked at the canyon for 5 days, we never got a very good view of it. Flying to a destination, you find yourself without transportation when you get there. We hitched a ride up to the rim, and saw only what was within a few hundred feet of us. The rest was obscured by clouds and blowing snow, which started to clear only after we had hiked half of the seven miles back to our hotel.

Grand Canyon trip

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Air Photos

This blog exists as an adjunct to the primary site at where I discuss the joys, travails and general daily life of a flight instructor (me). That site is primarily for the purpose of giving exposure to the flight training process, and hopefully, to express some of the joy of flying for pleasure.

In this site, I will spend more of the time showcasing some of the photography that Richard and I have accomplished during some of our travels. Please enjoy, and feel free to comment.