Tuesday, August 29, 2006

San Francisco

I've just returned from San Francisco. It's an awesome city with a great climate, excellent food, and good tourist attractions. Flying into SFO - San Francisco's main airport, was exciting. Our approach path brought us in over the bay area and we landed on the runway that is partially in the bay itself. The airport is right next to the water and you're actually over the water until you cross the runway threshhold. I'll tell you what though, that airport is hard to navigate once you land though. But all in all, a nice place.

I got a few pictures of airplanes that I saw flying over the bay and Alcatraz. And I saw a helicopter flying low under the fog near the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco is a great town, but I don't know if I could live there because of the fairly constant fog. I prefer VFR flying if I have a choice. And I think it wouldn't be fun dealing with all that fog all the time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

FlyUSA Club


As a pilot, I get to meet a lot of really cool people, and be a part of a lot of really awesome groups. I wanted to tell you about a group that I just joined. It's called the FlyUSA Club.

I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and my flying skills. I think that anybody who wants to be a better pilot should seek to learn the most that they can from the best sources. You never know which nugget of wisdom you'll pick up when you find programs to educate yourself.

FlyUSA is a program that gives you a lot of great tools that you can use to make yourself a better pilot. Here's what you get when you join the FlyUSA Club:

Informative Online presentations that are packed with exactly what you need to know to succeed and save money in your flight training!

-How much does it really cost to learn to fly?
-Where to get financial aid for training
-What is part 61 and part 141?
-Tips on how to control cost
-What can you do as a pilot
-What will you do in your training?
-Why will this help make your life good!
-Career options, there are more than you think
-The training vs. income time line - very important!
-Your aviation medical certificate - very important!
-What about college and aviation careers?
-Flight Training Financial Aid
-All about student loans
-You and your credit
-How to qualify?
-Where to go for more information
-And a whole lot more!

You also get member only access to the FlyUSA forum in their Pilot Forums for help in locating a flight school and help while in training!

Click here to get access now:
Pilot Journey

Plus, one of the coolest things in my opinion - you get a FlyUSA member number that you can use for discounts on Pilot Supplies and products at some online stores like Budget Pilot, Velocity Design and others! This alone is worth the price of admission!

But unlike most things in aviation that might be a little on the expensive side, one of the great things about FlyUSA is that for all that you get - it costs a lot less than you might think!

I personally checked out the FlyUSA program for you to make sure that it was the 'real deal'.

Now is the time to get in on this unbelievable deal before these guys realize that they are practically giving this membership away!

Go here right now to improve yourself as a pilot:
FlyUSA Club

Blue Skies,


PS- I was so excited to find out about this program because I'm always looking for the best ways to make myself a better pilot.
Click here and become a member now!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Pitts Model 12

On Wednesday, I had the priviledge of going to the Pitts Model 12 factory in Florida. It's located at a private grass strip owned by the Kimball family. Here, the Kimballs make one of the most beautiful, powerful, and amazing airplanes ever conceived... the Model 12. It's a design by Curtis Pitts himself. The Kimbals have the exclusive right to build this awesome airplane.

You can check the Model 12 out here:

Jim Kimball is the president of the company and his son Kevin is Vice President. Kevin took the time to show us around and we really got to see their operation in full swing. They usually average 3 to 4 airplanes finished per year. Keep in mind that this is a family business with only 11 employees.

Another cool thing was getting to see the new Pitts Viper that they are building for Jim LeRoy of Bulldog Aerobatics. The Viper will be a one of a kind airplane designed specifically for Jim as his new main airplane. So far, the Kimballs have finished most of the frame, wings, and tail surfaces. The next step will be covering the frame and airfoils. The plane should be finished by the end of the year.

Larry King of Airshow Unlimited came along on our flight to tell us all about the Model 12. Larry has flown 13 of the 32 Model 12's that have been built by the Kimballs. He's also flown 6 of them on their first test flights! If you have been to EAA Airventure, Oshkosh, and stopped by the IAC building, chances are you've met him. He'll be happy to talk to you about the Model 12 at the airshow.

I really feel priviledged to have been to the factory and can only dream of flying a Pitts Model 12 and drool over them in the meantime! I'll say this though, the Kimballs make a really incredible airplane.

Jim Kimball Enterprises
Airshow Unlimited

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Wow, have I been busy!

The past few months have been great for a lot of reasons. But one that stands out to me the most was my trip to Oshkosh, WI for EAA Airventure 2006. What an incredible week. If you are a pilot, there's a 99.9% chance you've heard of Oshkosh and the Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration that takes place there once a year.
This was my second trip to Airventure, but this time, I got to arrive in style - in a Piper Comanche 400. What an adventure! The arrival procedures to the airport are detailed and you have to print off a 30 page document detailing the exact procedures. I had built it up in my mind so much as being a difficult task that when I actually flew in, it was really pretty easy and the Air Traffic Controllers there are really cool!
We got a great parking/camping spot and wore ourselves out looking at all of the aviation booths. I was there for a total of five days and each day was new and different. One or two days at Airventure is not enough. There is just too much to see and do to take in in less than a few days.
I've had the priviledge of teaching a lot of people how to fly, and this is definately one of the rewards. I have to be honest with you, my favorite part is the aerobatic planes and the airshow each day. I want to learn to fly aerobatics more than anything else! I actually just ordered a couple books off of Amazon so I can get a better idea of what's going on in the airshow and aerobatic world. I've been teaching flying lessons for over 4 years now, and hopefully I'll get a chance to continue to spread my love of aviation for many more years. But for now, if you want to see some of the pics from my trip, check it out here.
Check back soon for some great updates and awesome aviation information.

Blue Skies,

Matt Tanner