Hi, thanks for checking out my blog! I have been flying since 1993 for mostly business but also for the occasional $100 hamburger. I am past officer of Angel Flight Southeast, but would rather spend my time in the cockpit.
I learned to fly in a Cessna 150 HP/150 at Orlando Country Airport, X04, near Orlando. This is a challenging little airport in a crosswind with a 3000′ x 30′ wide runway.
After passing my Private checkride, I rented a 1969 Piper Arrow and a Cessna 182 Turbo RG, allowing me to receive my complex/high performance/retract endorsements. I also passed the checkride for the instrument rating.
Currently, I hold a Private Pilot Certificate, Single-Engine Land and Multi-Engine Land, with Instrument Airplane Ratings both single and multi. I am also rated in Gliders.
Not long after obtaining my IR, I got tired of having to return rental planes when on an overnight business trip, or pay the daily minimum rental charges. As a result, I bought my first aircraft, a 1977 Arrow III. It offered a decent autopilot and Apollo 618 Loran. Right after my purchase, I knew immediately I had made a mistake in not buying something faster and heavier for longer trips.
Soon afterward I traded the Arrow for a 1960 M35 Beechcraft Bonanza. I flew that aircraft for nearly 12 years before selling it and purchasing a 1987 A36 Bonanza, the aircraft I own today.
So at this point, I have nearly 1350 total hours, mostly in high-performance/complex aircraft, but still make a point of learning something new on every flight.
Lest you think I am just a one-dimensional pilot, I also enjoy competitive slalom skiing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, snow skiing, and helping my wife run a small horse farm we have started near our home.