Think You Can’t Change Someone’s Life? Think Again!

February 27th, 2017|

This very short flight has been coming for a long time. It was maybe three years ago that I met my friends Gary and Kathy at a local Parrothead (international group of Jimmy Buffett fans) club meeting. Pretty much from the start, Gary mentioned that he’d only flown once before in his life, and Kathy lamented that because of his [...]

That Time I Flew My Plane to Gulf Shores and Met Jimmy Buffett

June 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

It started out like most of my trips. Why drive when I can fly? What would be a solid three hour drive without any traffic (of which there was likely to be an ample amount on Memorial Day weekend) is instead a short 50 minute flight with a great view of the Gulf Coast from Big Chief. And it was [...]

My Ace in the Hole

March 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Back when the Commemorative Air Force was here in New Orleans in late October of last year for the WWII AirPower Expo, I was so impressed once again by their amazing variety of warbirds and the wonderful displays they had that I decided to join.  I promised myself I wouldn’t do anything with it until I finished my commercial multi-engine [...]

Commercial Multi Engine Girl!

January 30th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Oh hey there! Long time!  Sorry for the hiatus.  It’s just difficult to write about flying when you’re not, you know, flying.  But I finally took a few days off work and used the long weekend to do some intense training down in Houma, Louisiana to finish up my commercial multi engine rating.  All it took was 10 hours of [...]

Major Surgery

October 15th, 2015|Tags: , , |

My beloved Big Chief has been down for major surgery for the past few weeks while I was out on vacation. I'm hoping he will be up and running like a dream soon! He's getting lots of transplants in his vascular, nervous, and digestive systems for a digital engine data management system to replace the old analog gauges that were [...]

Don’t Be Like Me

September 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

I earned my instrument rating over eight years ago. After hearing stories from other pilots who had gotten out of instrument currency, I swore up and down that I wouldn’t allow myself to lose currency. As I recall, I went up a whopping grand total of…wait for it!...one time after my instrument rating for the sole purpose of shooting instrument [...]

The Flying Day Gamble

July 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

It’s always something with me and ratings. My history tells the whole story. During my initial instruction, I got an ovarian cyst that required surgery, downtime before the surgery, and then even more downtime after the surgery when I developed an infection. During my instrument rating, I went through three different instructors, and each time I switched, I ended up [...]

Flying Lessons

April 25th, 2015|Tags: , |

Last Sunday, finally a gorgeous day after almost two weeks straight of low overcast, rain, and storms (one of which brought golf ball sized hail), I hoped to fly.  I hadn’t been able to fly my new Seneca in over a month.  First, it needed new seals on a leaky strut, and it took a while to get the seals [...]

And Then There Was One

April 3rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

Well, I’m back to being just a girl and her plane (singular).  After I bought a Piper Seneca II (Hail Big Chief), I sold my beloved Orion to a flight school in Shreveport.  It makes me happy knowing that Orion will continue to make other pilots happy, as he has since his birth.  But it was extremely difficult to let [...]

Hail Big Chief!

February 21st, 2015|

Hail Big Chief! I’m happy to announce that I bought a Piper Seneca II!  I haven’t yet sold my beloved Cessna, Orion, so for the time being, I guess my website should be “A Girl and Her Planes”!  But, for now, I’d like to introduce you to Big Chief. Ya’ll know I like to name stuff.  So of course the [...]

Preparation

December 18th, 2014|

When I plan a long flight like my trip from New Orleans to the Bahamas, a lot of people ask me what kind of preparation I have to do, so I thought I’d share it here as my first in a series of blog posts about my trip. Before I begin, a note for those of you who are not on [...]

This Is Your Brain on Reduced Oxygen

July 18th, 2014|Tags: |

You know those questions on the written tests for any aviation rating about hypoxia?  Ever wonder if they were exaggerating a might about it?  I’m here to tell you it’s no joke, kiddies.  The FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) brought its handy-dandy Portable Reduced Oxygen Training Enclosure (PROTE) to The Ninety-Nines 2014 conference here in New Orleans.  And, naturally, [...]

I Keep Taking the Weather with Me, Part 2

June 17th, 2014|

I got to the airport around 8:15.  I was just starting my preflight when the examiner approached the plane.  We chatted a bit and he asked a few questions while I went through my preflight.  We were also checking out the cloud situation as the entire flight would have to be conducted under visual conditions.  With the cloud deck getting [...]

I Keep Taking the Weather with Me, Part 1

June 10th, 2014|Tags: |

The title is a reference to a Jimmy Buffett song because going to my first ever Jimmy Buffett concert was supposed to be my reward for passing my commercial checkride.  But the weather had different plans.  In fact, the weather had different plans from day one of working towards getting my commercial rating.  My logbook shows that my first commercial [...]

Restored Terminal Building at Lakefront Airport

May 30th, 2014|

I thought ya'll might like to see a few pictures from our beautifully restored terminal building at Lakefront Airport.  Lakefront Airport, then called Shushan Airport after Abe Shushan, the Orleans Levee Board President back in the mid-1930s when the terminal was built, was the original art deco airport, even before LaGuardia, which most people think of first when they think [...]