Monday, June 30, 2014

2 Years

I've let myself down. I've missed my 2 year PPL ASEL anniversary by 3 days! 

Words can't describe the joys I've experienced over the last 2 years. I've survived the bad landings to share my stories with anyone who has wanted to listen.

Always chase your dreams my friends. Push yourself go take your adventures one step further. Never stop being a student. Never stop telling stories. Never stop smiling.

Departing 07R KPHX December 2012

SKYHAWK 288 @ Cutter Aviation @ KPHX


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Meanwhile back in Ireland.....................

Been over a month since I flew. Life goes on here in Ireland. I have enquired about joining one of two flying clubs near Dublin. Hopefully I can join one in a few weeks time and fly in the autumn before the weather worsens for the winter.

Stay tuned. I am sure there are some great flying adventures ahead. Meanwhile, enjoy a few photos I've captured around Dublin Airport over the last few weeks.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In the Pattern Podcast

Big shout out to the team over at +In The Pattern Podcast for having me on their show. Having the opportunity to share my story sums up how powerful social media is in terms of building an aviation community.

Three years ago, these guys were just "voices in my head". Thanks to social media, I've met them at Oshkosh and flown with one of them. As we both lived in Arizona, I wish had met Chris a few months earlier but we did manage to fly twice before I left the US. 

The four Private Pilots all have similar experiences and hours build since passing their checkrides. Their podcast started back when they were Student Pilots. If you have not been listening, now would be a good time to look them up on iTunes or whatever software you use to listen to aviation podcasts.

Thanks Chris, John, Brad and Mark!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ballyboy Airfield

First weekend in Ireland and I'm already having withdrawal symptoms from the US. As a result, I dragged my family to a BBQ event at Ballyboy Airfield (EIMH) which is located approx. 25nm NW of Dublin. VFR Map
Spent a couple of hours touring the grounds and watching the aircraft arriving and departing. 

The Irish Coast Guard showed up with their Sikorsky helicopter. Lolar from the Aer Lingus Charitable Foundation also made an appearance. Good to see a couple of N reg Cessna's parked on the grass.

I'm looking forward to attending as many fly-ins over here in Ireland over the coming months. Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm flying into one myself. 

Wakey Wakey #letsgoflying
Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92A

UK Registered Cessna 140

Chipmunks in RAF and Irish Air Corps Paint Schemes