Snow Bird

Just because it snows, doesn’t mean you can’t fly! Anyway, there was quite a bit of snow, enough to close the small airport from which I normally fly.

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It took about a day to plow and haul away the snow. Then the airport was back to full operations. The manager and crew do a great job keeping things operating, which is good for those of us who need a place to take off and land. Always do your checklist!

Helicopters, big and small

There’s been a bunch of helicopter activity at my local airport. In the photo below, you’ll see one which is a vintage bird capable of lifting some serious weight. The smaller one will carry only two people and does mostly training work.

Helicopters big and small.

Helicopters big and small.

It’s amazing what helicopters can do, from fire fighting and medical transport to heavy lift and corporate transport. They’re challenging machines to fly, requiring quite a bit of coordination. Here’s a look at the pilot’s window:

Pilot's window on heavy lift helicopter.

Pilot’s window on heavy lift helicopter.

Stop by your local airport for an introductory flight, or just go for a ride. Either way, it’ll be a thrill like no other.

Landing KOQN (Brandywine Airport)

It’s fall foliage season, so head out to your local airport and go for a ride. Take in the sights. That’s what I was doing when I took this flight in a venerable Cessna 172. Was a little early for the fall colors, which had just started. Took the opportunity to polish some skills. Here’s a landing:

As you can see, lots of bugs died on the windscreen that day. Was a decent landing and a great flight. Looking forward to many more soon.

Landing 9R at KMIA

Another excellent flight aboard American Airlines. We were on time and arrived in comfort after a nice breakfast. Here’s a look at the landing at Miami International:

There are many professionals working behind the scenes, people we never get to see, making sure our flights are safe. Be a good passenger by cooperating with cabin staff and your fellow travelers. Courtesy is free. Use it liberally. (For those interested, this video was taken with a Nikon 1 AW camera.)

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