Pictured Above: (Recent picture taken 11/22/04 before for my Commercial lesson with the sun in my eyes; squinting to look at the camera <grin> and my CFII is snapping the picture)
Once I got my license/certificate,,,, it was time to fly to new places!
What follows are my ongoing pilot journeys! Enjoy!!!
Important Note: I know we, pilots, can spout off terminology and jargon that can be confusing. We don't usually do this on purpose - we simply forget, sometimes, that the jargon isn't 'common knowledge'. In an attempt to answer the latter problem, anytime I use terminology or jargon I've set up the jargon/terminology as an underlined hyperlink which you can click which will take you to a page which will explain it. Hope you find it helpful. Please don't hesitate to let me know if there is terminology/jargon that is left unexplained of which you are uncertain - I want to make this a site that everyone can understand and enjoy (non-pilots and pilots, alike).
What follows are some of my favorite destinations for fun flights. I think I should preface this section by paraphrasing (very loosely) something that singer-songwriter, Nanci Griffith said in introducing one of her songs about a small town.
'My greatest fascination in life is finding a small town, with a local store where you can still get a custom-mixed vanilla Coke, where you can hear a popcorn popper go 'pop, pop, pop'; and you can find an old record bin, where you find an old record for .69 cents that you wanted 'all your life'.... '
I guess, because I was raised in the city that I've always enjoyed the pleasure of a slower pace in a small town. I've often opened up my aviation sectional (which is sort of a 'map' for pilots) and purposely sought out small towns that were near a small airport, that I could fly to. In the process, I've discovered many hidden 'treasures' and I share many of those right here in the 'Journeys' section of my website. So, if you are the kind or person, like I am; whose greatest fascination is finding some small town that no one has heard of and exploring the simple 'wealth for the soul' the little town has to offer - then you will likely find pleasure in some of the towns I visit in this 'Journeys' section. These little places are rich in history and simple 'adventures' to be had - you need only approach these special places with the eyes and heart of a child; and I promise you that your soul will be enriched by your meanderings, many-fold.
Where it began... San Carlos Airport (SQL) San Carlos, CA KSQL
Reid-Hillview to Ukiah Airport (Taking Dad for His First Flight) uki
FlyKid's First Flight
Reid-Hillview to Watsonville: 2nd Flight for FlyKid WVI
Reid-Hillview to Truckee/Tahoe KTRK
Reid-Hillview to Columbia Airport (California) 022
Reid-Hillview to Merced Airport kmce
Reid-Hillview to Auburn Airport AUN
Reid-Hillview to Oakdale (The Hershey's Chocolate Factory) O27
Reid-Hillview to Los Banos Airport KLSN
Reid-Hillview to Hanford Airport HJO
Reid-Hillview to Castle Airport (Rich's first-time in a light aircraft) KMER
Reid-Hillview to Salinas Airport: FlyKid's 3rd Flight Updated: Recent pics of KSNS Airport 1/21/09
Reid-Hillview to Oceano Airport L52
Reid-Hillview to Hollister Municipal Airport 3O7
Reid-Hillview to Sonoma County Airport KSTS
Reid-Hillview to Modesto Airport KMOD
Reid-Hillview to Madera Airport: (Taking Dad For His Second Flight) KMAE
Reid-Hillview to Mefford Airport (Tulare, California) TLR
RHV to Hollister Airport (Rich goes for his 2nd flight!) 3O7
..... AND 10 days later Richard's nephew, James, goes to Hollister, too! 3O7
PilotGuy has his first REAL emergency landing!!!
FlyKid Rides The Skies!
The long solo Commercial Cross-Country Flight PTV - WLW - O08 - RHV
Father's Day Flight with Dad to Visalia Municipal Airport
FlyKid and PilotGuy head off to Mendota, California
FlyKid Comes Along to Watch PilotGuy Practice the Commercial Maneuvers
(Note: Be aware that I kept the file sizes large to maintain detail and that if you are accessing this page with a dial-up modem,
you will likely have to allow some time for all the images to download. But trust me,,, it will be well worth it! :)
A Pilot's Journey Comes Full-Circle: The Student Becomes the Teacher. Passed my CFI Checkride! PilotGuy is now a C.F.I. (Certificated Flight Instructor)
Flight to Red Bluff Municipal Airport with a lunch stop at Willows Airport
Flight to Oroville Municipal Airport with a stop for lunch!
Flight to Van Nuys Airport in Southern California. Van Nuys is the airport where the movie "One Six Right" was filmed.
Dual flight to Placerville Airport
Over 2,000 hours of instruction given as a flight instructor! 10/2009
If you are wondering whether you should start your flight training in one of the new, so-called 'glass cockpits' - like the new Garmin 1000 equipped aircraft,,, you might want to read this:
I would say (as would many flight instructors and a variety of aviation organizations) that the average beginning student would be MUCH better served with the more conventional round gauge instrumentation display, instead. Learning in a Garmin 1000 as a primary student will add at least 10 to 15 hours to your training program (that's at about $169 an hour for the 'glass' versus around $100 or less, for a conventionally equipped cockpit). Figure that if you choose to learn to fly in a so-called, 'glass cockpit' (i.e., with a G1000 for example), you will spend at LEAST an additional $2500 to $3200 (or more), over the course of your training when compared with the cost of renting an aircraft with a traditional cockpit. Wouldn't it be MUCH better to have that $3000 or so, to spend on lots of fun flights for you and your family/friends after you get your pilot certificate ? Remember the Private Pilot certificate is a 'license to learn'; once you get your 'ticket' you should fly, fly, fly and learn all that flying and the sky has to teach you.
Keep in mind too, that unless you have the $$ to BUY a G1000 equipped aircraft (about one quarter of a million dollars to start), you will find infinitely more flight schools to rent from which have the conventional round gauge cockpits. What good is a pilot certificate and training in a G-1000 aircraft if you have a very limited number of flight schools to rent them from, in the first place (they aren't that common)? Contrast that with the hundreds of flight schools that have the conventional round gauge aircraft for rent! Wouldn't it be nice, when you are visiting some other state, to be relatively certain that you will be able to find a plane to rent, for some fun flying with your family? You won't have that option if you get your training in a G-1000? You'll pretty much be a 'slave' to the one school where you took your G1000 training (good for the particular school, but not necessarily good for you!). Some of these schools that have the G-1000 will argue that it is part of the future, which it is. Problem is the economics of it all to the average flight school. Think about it.... A new, basic G1000 equipped Cessna is going to run a school at least, $250,000. For that same money, they can get three or four older model Cessna 172's which greatly increases the number of training and rental planes that flight school has available on their flight line. So, if you are one of these business owners - where would you want to sink your dollars? In just one plane,,,, or get three or four for the price that one G1000 plane would have cost you?
The biggest challenge for an instructor with any new student, is encouraging them to look OUTSIDE the aircraft and learn to fly by visual reference. With all the colorful and bright twin computer screens of a G-1000 cockpit (which of course requires more pilot interaction to access the various nested menus and functions) trying to lure the attention of the student, well, it only makes the process far more complicated.
The technology is exceptional,,, but I'd say to get your certificate with a traditional cockpit and then if you want to, you can always take the two or three hours of training to get checked out on the G1000.
So, I guess this was a long way to give you the simple answer; 'no' you would be better off spending your aviation training dollar on a conventional round gauge equipped aircraft!
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