Private Air Transport

Private air transport takes you from closer to where you are to closer to where you want to be. As you see in the photo of this beautiful King Air twin turboprop, you can begin your journey at a small airport.

King Air at Brandywine Airport (KOQN).

King Air at Brandywine Airport (KOQN).

Similarly, you can touch down at another small strip near your destination. Remember, these small airports are usually hassle free, staffed by friendly people, and provide a welcome alternative to the aggravation giant terminals of commercial travel. It’s not cheap to fly private, but worth every penny.

Learning to Fly, video

Earning a pilot’s license is one of the most rewarding things you can do. I learned to fly at TAS, Inc., located at the Brandywine Airport in West Chester, PA, USA. Here’s a video showing some great footage both in the air and on the ground.

As you saw in the video, TAS has been teaching people to fly for more than 20 years. Not only were my instructors great pilots, they were friendly people who enjoyed the process of teaching a rookie how to fly. The right instructor will help you along the way, and if you have a good attitude, you’ll be flying solo in no time. Remember, always do your checklist!

Flying is not inherently dangerous, however…

…flying is incredibly unforgiving. So goes the old adage about aviation. If you make a mistake, it will not forgive nor forget. Just yesterday, there was an incident at my home airport in Pennsylvania, USA, where some mistakes were made. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured when a single plane lost control upon landing. The result was quite a bit of damage to some storied aircraft. Take a look at the general scene:

Here’s the aircraft that lost control and crashed.

This aircraft was more or less totally destroyed after being struck.

Pipe tail destroyed when hit by other aircraft.

Again, gracias a dios, no one was severely injured. Sadly, some aircraft are headed for the scrap heap, which is a shame because these planes are beloved by many students and rental pilots. Remember, ALWAYS do your checklist. One of the first items must be: AM I FIT FOR FLYING TODAY? As well as, ARE MY ABILITIES SUITED TO THE CONDITIONS? We all make mistakes because we’re human. Nonetheless, do your best to minimize them, especially when flying.

Touch and Go, flying video

As long as we’re on the subject of flying, here’s a video showing a takeoff from Brandywine Airport, a touch and go landing at Easton, MD, and another landing back at Brandywine. Let’s head out to the flight line.

Checklists are one way pilots are sure to cover all the steps for a given portion of the flight. They come in handy for all types of things, too, not just flying. Make one for yourself, perhaps for packing your vacation suitcase. See you at the airport soon.