First Grass Landing!

It only took 10 years but in July of 2013 I finally made my first landing on grass.  The Sunday Morning Breakfast Club – SMBC was meeting up at Hartenbower Airport – 2v3.  I called my pilot friend Jeff B. the night before and we met early at the Champaign airport on Sunday morning.  The weather was […]

Two Trips to Detroit in Two Weeks

Although it probably seems like we are always flying somewhere, up until a few weeks ago I was behind on the amount of hours that I target for flying of at least 100 hours per year.  This summer would changed that though as we have a lot of opportunities to use the plane.  The weather […]

Spring Break – March 2013

It’s hard to believe that Spring Break 2013 has already come and gone.  This year the family went two different ways but we all had a great time.  Lori & Hannah had been planning a trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary with Lori’s Mom – Kathy & good friend – Judy.  Lori has been to […]

2012 Aviation Update

It is that time of year where we pilots (yea, we are all analytical) look back on all the flights and summarize our stats.  Even with a significant amount of downtime on the plane due to avionics upgrades/repairs and the engine being replaced at annual I was still able to meet my yearly goal of […]

Lots of Traveling!

Lori & I are finally getting caught up on organizing our pictures that we have taken this year.  We have a pretty good system where she renames the pictures and I organize, upload and back them up.  I also like to do blog posts on some of our adventures.  This year we have been very […]

Flying to Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville

Lori has put up with me through 10 years of marriage now and 9 years of flying.  I was surprised that she suggested we take a flying trip to New Orleans & Nashville to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.  I started the planning as soon as she suggested it and quickly realized that Memphis would be […]

Night ILS Down to Minimums!

I don’t know if words can express my feelings right now but I feel like I need to capture them the best way that I can.  Today was a beautiful day and the weather forecast was perfect for flying.  A friend of mine – Jeff P. – who I used to fly with here in […]

2011 Aviation Update

It is that time of year where we look back on all the flights and summarize our stats.  I did not meet my goal of flying at least 100 hours this year but I did get quite a bit of experience and had some good adventures.  I also explored quite a few new airports in […]

Walt Disney World – June 2011

For our 2011 Family Vacation we decided to go to Walt Disney World in Florida again.  Surprisingly it has been almost 3 years since we went in September of 2008.  Hannah is now 7 and Bryan is 5 so we thought that they would really enjoy it at this age.  Lori and I really had […]

2010 Aviation Update

Well, everyone else is doing it so I thought that I would as well.  I noticed both Rob and Gary put similar summaries on their blog so I thought I’d review my data as well.  Here is a summary of my flying experience gained in 2010. 2010 Hours: 136.1 – First time to break 100 […]