Soaring above Fear

I donated an hour flight to a non-profit organization (www.georgiafalconryassociation.com) several months ago and the auction winners and I took to the skies yesterday morning. It was the first time in a small plane for one of them, and like most who dare to ascend to the heavens above with me, they did great! One …

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Against the Wind

"Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember a kite rises against, not with the wind." - Hamilton Wright Mabie I received a silver pin today from the Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association congratulating me on 25 years of membership. Unbeknownst to me, I have now officially been a pilot for a quarter of a century. Man, …

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The Value of Decision

Lexi, my Red-tailed Hawk hunting partner, has taught me a great many things over the last two-and-a-half years. I have a deep respect for her hunting style, which centers around an uncluttered capacity for decision. Human beings have it relatively easy. We don't, generally speaking, have to risk life and limb every time we eat. …

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Flaming Enthusiasm

"Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success." ~ Dale Carnegie Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is making history as the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered wing strapped to his back. While his accomplishments to date are impressive, three points in …

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On Parenting and Flying

"Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable . . . after 50 years of flying I'm still learning every time I fly." ~ Gene Cernan I've learned a great many lessons as an aviator over the years, all of which have left me a better pilot. What I didn't expect, however, is that those experiences …

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Goals, Strategy and Tactics

I remember being somewhat daunted in my early flying days at the prospect of taking a long cross-country flight. When I first began doing solo cross-country flights as a student anything longer than 50 miles from my home airport was a long way. Nowadays, I regularly fly to locations up and down the East Coast, …

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the 6 Ps

"Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance" I had a pleasant conversation with a stranger in a coffee shop yesterday about America, being American, the U.S. military, Lake Sidney Lanier, shortcuts, contracts, retirement, in-laws and planning. This fellow peppered his captivating stories with funny sayings, a healthy dose of similes and a number of instructive, memorable …

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Life is Risky Business

Scanning my instruments gives me peace as I cruise at nearly three miles above safety of terra firma through billowy and bouncy cumulus clouds. The clouds issue a sinister smile as I enter their mouths and while in their belly I feel almost entirely at their mercy, but for the tenuous grasp of control I …

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I learned about flying from that.

"There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror." ~ Orson Wells Several years ago my uncle and I flew up to Boston to pick up our new company airplane and fly it back to Georgia following the installation of an anti-icing system. The first third of the trip was uneventful, we flew …

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