Why We Fly

@sgdalyskyho #HeresWhyWeFly Why we fly. A statement. Or is it a question: why do we fly? Could it be a disease: “I’m sorry, Maam, but your boy has flyingitis. I’m afraid it’s incurable.” Maybe it’s an addiction as habit-forming as

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How I Became a Flight Instructor – Part II

A funny thing happened on my way to the instrument rating which segues quite nicely into Part II of how I became a flight instructor. That’s a dumb opening, isn’t it? Sheez, who is this guy? Hokay, back to the

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How I Became a Flight Instructor – Part I

This rather long, two-part journey begins with how I first met Martha and John King. I was at a restaurant, Thee Bungalow, for a party of some sort back in 1995. I ran into Ron James at the party. Ron

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The Luck of the Irish

March is upon us and Patrick’s Day is never far from an Irishman’s mind in this month. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and his holiday, a religious one in Ireland, is celebrated with a touch more alcoholic abandon

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Stephen Aloysius Daly

Stephen Aloysius (O’)Daly This being February, it draws to mind me late, sainted Oirish Fadder, Stephen Aloysius Daly, whose 95th birthday we celebrate at the end of this month. I don’t often reminisce – okay, I do – but I

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Be It So Resolved

Doesn’t that sound dreadful? “Be it so resolved … .” Sounds like a political statement, don’t it? The beginning of another needless law. And, considering the horrors of the 2016 presidential campaign, the choices, the outcome, do we really want

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A Christmas Carol

Okay, apologies to Dickens for borrowing the title … but, what the heck, he’s dead, and there’s no copyright on titles. I could call this “Moby Dick” if I wanted. (Why, of course, would be a pertinent question.) Perhaps I

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10,000 Hours

What would you do for your 10,000th hour of flight? Let me preface that with this. Airline pilots regularly retire with 20,000 hours or more. One of my favorite people ever, C. J. Logue, retired from TWA with over 24,000

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An Ode to Solo Flight

Well … maybe not an ode … that would infer poetic skills that I lack. Regardless, first solo is usually the one aspect of flight that, while recalling the epic moment, glazes over the eyes of grizzled, gruff, experienced airmen.

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For Lack of a Taxiway …

… a runway was lost. Episode 6 of the MYF Runway 23 Reconstruction Fiasco … or is this episode 465? What has the Montgomery Field Airports Administration folk been up to, lately? Don’t ask. Okay, ask, if you must. A

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