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 [...]

Women in Aviation Week Post-Flight Debriefing

March 11th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

I always look forward to this annual event since getting more women involved in aviation has become my biggest life cause.  But then leading up to it, I start to stress about the weather, about people getting airsick, about someone not liking it.  I question why I put myself through the stress.  Will I really make a difference in someone’s [...]

Fly It Forward for Women of Aviation Week!

February 26th, 2014|

I will be participating in the Fly It Forward initiative for the second year in a row during the international Women of Aviation week by giving short airplane rides to women and girls March 3-9, but since that is also Mardi Gras week here in New Orleans, I’ll only be flying after Mardi Gras.  You can contact me via my [...]

A Girl and Someone Else’s DC-3

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I hadn’t planned to go to Dallas this year for the annual AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) conference.  I was still settling into my new job and still (and will be for a long time) trying to save money and build my savings back up from being unemployed for 11 very long months.  But when my instrument instructor from [...]

Hunting for Hurricanes

September 30th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Anyone who knows me knows that I would give a female reproductive organ (or what’s left of mine) to ride in a C-130.  It’s my favorite big plane.  Yes, I had to break down my favorite airplane into two categories because who could possibly name one favorite airplane?  So I have a favorite big plane and a favorite little plane…well…and [...]

Sharing the Passion with Others

September 2nd, 2013|

A while back, during my short stint as a line girl (Line Girl and Line Girl Part 2), I was about to leave work one night when a couple showed up with their little boy, Linus.  It was his third birthday, and they were taking him on an airplane ride to celebrate.  He had on the cutest blue astronaut suit.  [...]

The Art of Not Flying

August 2nd, 2013|

You likely noticed I haven’t blogged in a while.  Well, first, there’s the direct correlation between the amount of flying I do and actually having flying material to write about… so you can guess that I haven’t been flying much lately.  Second, I can make excuses like new job, new boyfriend, and Southern summer weather that’s not very conducive to [...]

Women of Aviation Week Roundup

March 26th, 2013|

My event for Women of Aviation worldwide week didn’t start out well.  The weather was okay enough on Monday, but the wind was positively tornado-esque!  It was straight down the runway, which would make for perfectly safe takeoffs and landings, but it was bumpy up in the air.  Monday was the only day that had not been filled up with [...]

Blessing of the Airplane, New Orleans Style!

March 14th, 2013|

You’ve likely heard of the Blessing of the Fleet, which many Catholic communities do for their fishing boats at the start of fishing season.  It’s such a big deal that many towns have entire festivals devoted to it and is quite popular in the South and along the Eastern Seaboard.  And since New Orleans is such a Catholic city, we’ll [...]

My Mom Told Me to Never Pick Up Hitchhikers

February 28th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Sorry, Mom. Just over a week ago, a friend in my local 99s group, a group of all women pilots started way back by Amelia Earhart, contacted me to ask if I could give a ride to a woman who was hitchhiking to all fifty states in general aviation planes.  Louisiana was number nineteen after starting out in Rochester, New [...]

Fly It Forward for Women of Aviation Week

February 15th, 2013|

I will be participating in the Fly It Forward initiative during the international Women of Aviation week by giving short airplane rides to women and girls March 4-10.  You can either contact me via my website, Facebook page, email, or phone to tell me what day/time you'd like to come.  We will be flying from Lakefront Airport, Hawthorne Aviation between [...]

SuperMardiBowlGras

February 4th, 2013|

What happens when you combine one of the world’s largest parties with one of the world’s most popular sporting events?  You get a lot of general aviation and commercial air traffic, airports overflowing with airplanes parked everywhere, and local planes essentially grounded because all arrivals and departures require a time slot.  Sadly, that meant no training flights at local flight [...]

Video of Lakefront Airport

January 29th, 2013|

Check out this great video of the history and restoration of my home base, Lakefront Airport.  I can't wait for them to finish and re-open the terminal building! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc2GzCQTmjQ  

Support Search and Rescue – Get Lost!

December 10th, 2012|

I recently went on the most fun SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) I’ve ever been on to date with the Civil Air Patrol.  And this after thoroughly enjoying myself on a couple of previous SAREXs.  The ones before consisted of honing in on an ELT (emergency locater transmitter) signal by first flying to the general area of the reported downed [...]

Line Girl Part 2

November 29th, 2012|

And we're back!  Sorry for the hiatus.  It's just that the whole line girl job is so physically demanding that the last thing I felt like doing when getting home each day was...well...anything but sleep.  I've had some freelance writer/editor work over the past few weeks, and my back is just now untying the knots it got while working the [...]