Hangar 24 Airfest

I had the opportunity to be a ground marshaller for the 1st annual Hangar 24 Airfest in Lake Havasu City. To make the event such a great success in only its first year required the community to all participate and come out. I don’t think anyone regretted buying tickets, as it was an amazing show and a great turnout!

About 6,000 spectators came out to watch the show! This was my view of the crowd from the flightline.

Professional aerobatic pilots traveled from afar to perform. Vicky Benzing, Kent Pietsch, and Jon Melby were among the stars of the show. In addition, military aircraft were part of the show including a two-ship T-38 fly by, a Blackhawk flyby, and static displays including a F-18, CV-22, and T-6.

Kent Pietsch lands his Interstate Cadet aircraft on top of a moving truck!

A big thanks goes out to the volunteers who made this possible, along with the pilots, Hangar 24, and, of course, the community. I’m already looking forward to next year!


Why Become a Pilot?

If you are not already a pilot and are reading this, you may want to consider becoming one. Why? Well, here are a few reasons:

You can’t beat the view!

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A picture I took of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AZ

Flying affords pilots a very beautiful and unique perspective of the earth. Distances seem shorter, and the world seems more connected; however, pilots not only get a new and different view of the earth’s surface, but of life too. In their training, pilots learn about topics like risk management and how to stay calm under pressure. In addition, pilots have a sense of accomplishment because aviation challenges everyone (of all IQ’s) in different ways.

Traveling is fun!

The sun rising before an early morning flight

Flying gives a person a whole new set of travel destinations: airports! Flying into a new airport can be a thrilling adventure. Whether flying somewhere for what pilots call a $100 hamburger, or going on a business trip, flying is certainly a lot more fun than driving (and is usually a lot faster!).

The Pilot Community Can’t be Beat

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Flying with my Grandparents

Take the first step toward becoming a pilot, and get to know people around your local airport. The pilot community is always welcoming newcomers, and they will help you on your journey. Most general aviation airports have an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter, or a Ninety-Nines (all-women) flying club. Go down to your local airport FBO on a weekend, or google search one of these organizations and find out when/where they meet near you. That will be a start toward a great hobby (or career) as a pilot! It will be challenging, but it will be worth it. Trust me, there’s nothing more fun than flying yourself to breakfast with a group of fellow pilots after earning your pilot certificate!

What is your favorite part about flying, and what makes it worth it for you? Comment below!

My Private Pilot Checkride

Hey everyone!

I’m soooooo happy to announce that I passed my Private Pilot checkride on my first try on January 28th, 2017!

I was pretty nervous leading up to the checkride, even though I had studied for weeks before the event. On arrival to the airport, the winds weren’t too bad, but were supposed to pick up later in the day. The desert has great flying weather, but wind is a common concern.

We started the oral, and things went pretty smoothly. It went by pretty quick (about an hour), and then we were off to the flight line. By that time, the winds had picked up a bit, about 15 knots. We went through the pre-flight, and after a few questions about the aircraft systems, we were off! We started my cross country, then diverted, and did some instrument time. After that, we went through the required landings and maneuvers. By the time of our last landing, the wind was gusting to 24 knots. Somehow, I nailed the last required landing in those winds: the short-field (don’t ask me to repeat that!).

It was a huge relief to taxi back to parking. After securing the aircraft, the examiner had me sign the papers and went into the FBO as I finished up in the airplane. I told him to keep the results a secret as my parents and fellow-pilot friends waited. When I walked in, my smile gave it away: I PASSED!