LEARNING TO FLY

Hello!

“FOGGY” here ūüôā

I am an American FAA licensed Private Pilot; Airplane – Single engine, Land; Control Tower Operator – KNJK; Aircraft Dispatcher; and my latest ‘green card’ acquisition, Light Sport Repairman, Inspection ~ N75617. I soloed in my very own airplane (an AERONCA 7AC Champion) in September of 1969, which was purchased in April of that year.

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A little over a year later, I took my Private Pilot checkride with 130 flying hours in my logbook.

 Four airplanes later (an Aeronca Champ, a Cessna 120, a Cessna 150A and a QCU ChallengerII), I wound up with a Powered Parachute, and relegated myself back to the world of  Student Pilot.

Six Chuter SP 103 single seat Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.

Six Chuter SP 103 single seat Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.

My “Real Airplane” logbook shows just under 800 hours total time over a 45 year period. That’s a little over 17 hours a year “in the air”.

A “milestone” flight in my so-called life occurred in 1977. While I was flying the Champ across the Country (an actual “cross Country” cross country) from Oxford, Maine to San Diego, California, people at the fuel stops would keep asking me if I was going to “OSHKOSH”. I had plenty of time, so ….. ¬† Why Not??

“OSHKOSH” is the short term for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Annual AIRVENTURE FLY-IN CONVENTION; the world’s largest aviation event ¬†dedicated to us aviators with holes in our shoes and pockets.

So here I am, a "Proud Pappa" at the 1977 Fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin with the airplane I've had for the last eight years.

So here I was, a “Proud Pappa” at the 1977 Fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin with the airplane I’ve had for the last eight years. I was 31 years old

 

....... and here I am NOW  ~   a "wee" bit older, and an enthusiastic student powered parachute pilot (technically, a Private Pilot  with a Powered Parachute solo endorsement).

……. and here I am NOW ~ a “wee” bit older, and an enthusiastic student powered parachute pilot (technically, a Private Pilot with a Powered Parachute solo endorsement).

I went up twice with my instructor during the Arlington Fly-in; both times flying outside the airport traffic pattern for some airwork.

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Winding up the flight on final approach on the “off duty”.Flare to Land

The following weekend, I got an hour’s worth of pattern work and numerous “touch & go’s”.

This July (2016), it will have been two years ago since I went flying

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Greg "on the launch"

Building the Chute off the deck ……..

Paragon side view departurwe

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……… ¬†once it’s overhead and checked for proper inflation, the student adds full power and is airborne.

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The Weekend of Aug. 1st to the 3rd, 2014, I’ll be going back to Arlington to attend a Two day, 16 hour course to obtain my Light Sport Repairman _ Inspection (LSR-I) certification, so as to obtain an FAA LSR-I certificate; which allows me to sign off Conditional Inspections on my E-LSA registered Power Parachute.

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the Van and the Great Pumpkin; which will haul¬†“POOPYCHUTE”¬†( which is an offshoot ¬†of “poopybag” ~ what Navy blimps were called ¬†back in the day), a Six Chuter Powered Parachute

 

As of this time  (2015-16 and ? ), an unexpected business commitment has totally halted all aviation activities for me.

So ¬†will I ever fly again? ¬†I hope so! Only time will tell, and I don’t have much of THAT left.

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