Even though it was a cold day, it was a wonderful day for a flight. Richard came along and flew as my safety pilot while I was under the hood.
I was able to do approaches at Houston, Mountain View, West Plains and Ava.
Our club airplane had the transponder encoder go bad, so we elected to go ahead an purchase, and install a new ADS-B transponder. We got the transponder ordered, and scheduled with an A&P to do an install. To save money and time, I am assisting with the install. The added benefit is I am getting to learn a little more about our airplane, and learn more about how to install avionics in an airplane.
I read a lot more this year than I have in a while. Here is what I read (that I recall) this year.
- The Bourne Identity
- The Bourne Supremacy
- The Bourne Ulitmatum
- Bridge of Spies
- The Spy’s Son
- The Man in the High Castle
- The Right Stuff
- Flying IFR
- A Higher Loyalty
- The Aviators: Rickenbacker, Doolittle, Lindbergh
- Rocket Men
- Chasing the Demon
- 1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls
- Operation Catapult
- His Wind Beneath My Wings
- His Wind Beneath My Wings II
- Endurance: My Year In Space
Started, but did not finish
- Accessory to Way – Just wasn’t resonating with me
- Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of WWII – In progress
I have always loved being a pilot. When we moved to West Plains eleven years ago, I lost access to an airplane, and it hadn’t been a priority to purchase one. In January of 2018, flying was one of those things in my life that I used to do, but I didn’t see anywhere on the horizon where it would be a major part of my life again….. boy was I wrong.
We heard that a new flying club was starting up, and that a share was available, so my wife really encouraging that we should join the club and get me current again. We got the airplane airworthy in March, and I started working with an instructor, who became a good friend, to knock off the rust and get me current.
By April I was current, and Erica and I started looking for flying adventures. A few of the trips we have made include:
- Fort Smith, AR – Steampunk Festival
- Little Rock – Def Lepard concert
- St. Louis – Multiple trips for family, work and to visit the zoo
- Eureka Springs for an afternoon getaway
Later, I was able to finally complete my instrument rating, something I had wanted to achieve ever since I completed my private pilot license.
In the roughly 9 months, I have been back into flying, I have logged just shy of 80 hours. 5 hours in complex airplanes, 1.7 in a high performance airplane, and 3 hours in a twin airplane.
In the next year, I plan to complete my Commercial certificate, as well as flight instructor ratings… and maybe even get all the way to Instrument instructor. I think I may be able to add some tailwheel time, acrobatic time, and perhaps even a
The Ozark Aviators flying club has been a huge blessing to me, helping to awaken an excitement in me that I thought had died. I have made new friends, shared new experiences, and had an overall wonderful time being a part of the club. Good things are coming for our club as we seek some new ways to expand access to aircraft in our area and continue the growth of aviation in our little corner of the world.