THIS PAGE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION
A new goal of mine is to post a picture of every model and type of plane I have flown which now exceeds over one hundred...yikes!
Yep, you guess it. The Cessna 150! I actually trained in one of these in Los Angeles when I studied for my instrument rating! Nothing like shooting an approach into Long Beach with a Cessna 150!
This is a Piper PA-28-161. This is the plane I learned to fly in. A 160HP engine! The airport where this plane was based was Boulder, Colorado! I managed to get my Private Pilots License in 35 days back in 1977!
This is the Bushbee Mustang Two. A high performance two seater I taught in back in the 1980s. The one I flew had a 360 HP Continental Engine and was basically a "hot rod" with wings. I tried to train the owner, my friend, to fly it but gave up after about 6o hours of dual given. The aircraft crashed in 1982 when a fuel valve broke which lead to an engine failure and high speed stall. I lost a great friend that day. His name was Kerry Segrist.
Early in my flying career, my roommate, a United Airlines pilot, took me flying in a Schweitzer two place glider. We got caught in a mountain wave over Boulder, Colorado. We ended up at Flight Level 220. Before we got too cold and hypoxic we descended utilizing a technique I did not know about then...SPINS! I lost count of how many turns we made! That's when I knew I loved flying and that my roommate was CRAZY! Summer of 1977.
This is the Piper Apache Pa-23. I received my multi-engine rating in this puppy! Bells and whistles everywhere, or at least I thought at the time. I was sitting at Torrance airport doing my run-up one day, the "check airman" in the other seat, a layed-off United Airlines captain, when a little yellow P-51 pulled up. It cycled it prop and then asked permission to go ahead of us for take-off. We said yes, of course! It was Bob Hoover flying the Rockwell P-51! I did manage to pass my check-ride that day, but I had to pump the gear down! Circa 1978.
Piper Tomahawk PA-38! I actually stopped counting how many hours I had in this little bird! I trained countless students in the machine. The most fun I had was taking a CFI candidate and showing them how to do spins! I also liked to watch the tail buffet during the stall series! Wide cockpit and good visibility. Yep, great fun!
Early in my flight instructor career I ended up in the Mojave desert. The was a new aircraft manufacturer there, the Rutans! I really wanted to fly a plane with a canard and ended up getting about 2 hours in the Long EZ!
My first corporate job! Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, yeah ha! What a great machine. I used to fly from Lancaster, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, with the doctors! Took just about an hour. Never got a tip though...
My first taildragger! The Citabria! What a great plane. This was the first time I found out about rudder pedals! Yep, you had to use them! Three point and wheel landings. And oh, did I mention it flies upside down?
I just finished flying a G1000 CE 172S, a 2005 model. What a great plane. My student and I shot over 60 approaches in a two week period, 35 hours of flying! Good job! We are both current now!
This is the Eclipse Jet. The first VLJ (very light jet) to hit the market. I had the pleasure of working for Eclipse Aviation for a couple of years. This was a great product and I miss flying it! Trained lots of students, too! The company went bankrupt in 2009 and the new organization, Eclipse Aerospace, has done a great job bringing this aircraft back to life! Good Job Eclipse Aerospace! Keep cranking these babies out!
Well, the is the Fokker Fairachild F27. I used to fly freight and passengers with this puppy. I would take it into the Grand Canyon with a bunch of Japanese tourists who would give us little Buddhas after we landed. Most of those little guys we would hand on the whiskey compass!
I have to admit, I ended up with over 1000 hours PIC in the Citation 3 and 7 and enjoyed every minute flying this puppy. It was a great plane to fly. With a swept wing, max speed of .851 Mach, and good range, I was able to fly from Las Vegas to Teterboro. While it was a bit of a runway hog, it got the mission done. Cessna, later made a similar plane, the Sovereign, which was essentially a Citation 3 with a straight wing, to solve the runway issues. It turned out to be a best seller! Go Citation!
A few years back I decided it was time to get my float rating! Wow, what fun! I went to Bullhead City, stayed at the Casino, and in the morning went down to the Colorado River and pre-flighted my Cub on floats. After a few days of Splash and Dash, filling out the IACRA FAA form, and training I took the Check Ride! It was very thorough, no cutting corners. Passed and became a float plane pilot, SES! Yee ha!
O.K, this is the Cessna Citation CE-500, the one I got my first type rating in. Not hard to fly, but a lot going on if it is your first "type" rating. You do have to learn about V1, VR, and V2 and second segment climb if you want to pass the check ride! Yee ha!
This is the Beech Starship, probably one of the greatest planes every made. I was lucky to fly this for a while. Fast, quiet, but the props were on the back! Even though it was one of the best aircraft ever made it never sold very well because the public didn't like the way it looked. Beech did not market it very well and when Raytheon bought Beechcraft they terminated production and support for the aircraft.