October 17, 2017 I have many loves which include flying, woodworking, water sports, tennis and bicycling to name a few!
Read a great article today by Brice about Cycling in the Shenandoah Valley. I also love beautiful pictures and he combines biking and the scenery we all enjoy here at home. Nice job Brice!
Read East Bound and Down here
September 16th, 2017 I got to see the Blue Angels for the 1st time! They are amazing!
August 26th, 2017 I enjoyed flying up with a student to New York and seeing the campus of Cornell University. It is a beautiful and unique campus.
August 20th, 2017- The 2017-2018 school year is getting ready to begin and I am excited to announce that I will be a part-time teacher at the school this year and only in the building on EVEN days. After 20 years of pouring my heart and soul into each student, I will look forward to a new adventure. I am no longer the department head and will only have one class of driver education this year.
I will be spending ODD days teaching aviation to all ages. I taught over 200 hours of flying this summer to students ranging from age 16 to 72. We are always learning and I am excited to still be teaching- even though it is in the cockpit of an airplane in Weyers Cave, VA. This summer I flew all over Virginia, to NY, PA, NC and even went to Osh Kosh in Wisconsin.
My EVEN DAY schedule will be:
10th grade Health and PE 8:10-9:45 2nd period
Adapted PE (students with special needs) 9:55-11:15 4th period
Planning/Lunch 11:30-1:30 6th period
Adapted PE (students with special needs) 1:30-2:35 8th period
I will still be around TA, just not as much as I have been in the past. Usually I was here from 7 am - 6 pm. If you need to reach me, leave an email and I will get back with you as soon as possible. There are days I am flying and working with students from 7 am -7 pm. I may not respond as quickly, but I will follow up.
If you ever have a birthday, anniversary or a special event and would like to try an intro flight over the Shenandoah Valley, just let me know. It is incredible! Here are a couple of my favorite flying pics.
August 5th, 2017 - Taught a flying lesson this morning at 7 am and then flew 1PA down to Smith Mountain Lake with Tony. One of my students owns a house down there and invited us to spend the day on the water. Wow!
Challenging airport (W91) to get into and so many folks said it is hard to see. They are correct! Even when I was in the downwind leg of the pattern I couldn't see it. Hard to land on runway when you can't find it to line yourself up. The runway is completely surrounded by trees. Tried several times to get in, there was a direct crosswind from the right and no ATIS on the field to tell me the winds. Thankfully my student was on the ground with a radio giving me wind updates. Once I did my first approach, the winds shifted to the other runway and caused my stall light to flicker on short final so I did a go-around. I cleared the trees, full flaps, slow, low and then the change in wind- always be ready for a go-around and I was ready. Finally got it down on the 3rd try. Tough and yet I was proud of my self and the skills I have developed in the last 4 years.
We enjoyed the day on the house boat, chilling on the beautiful dock he designed and built and then a delicious dinner with friends on his farm. We took off before dark into a stunning sunset on one side of the plane and a developing full moon on the other wing. Incredible day!
August 3rd, 2017 - I love flying and one of the benefits is being able to go places in a day that may not be possible by car and still trying to enjoy the experience. A mom and her 17-year old son are taking flying lessons with me and we flew to Accomack, Virginia today! We had lunch using the courtesy car at the airport, flew back across the Chesapeake Bay and headed home into the sunset. Loved it!
July 27th, 2017- We enjoyed our time with Bill and Colleen and what a trip we had in Osh Kosh. It is one I will always remember and I am thankful for their invite as Tony and I would never have gone without an invitation. Here are professional pics from the show. Click here
We had a beautiful morning to depart from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Several planes were parked in front of us and they had to use the tug to pull them out.
We saw a potpourri of weather today which included blue skies, white layers of clouds, light rime icing and overcast skies back home. I saw how boots on the front edge of the wing are inflated and the ice breaks away. Pretty cool!
July 26th, 2017 -We had a great last day on the grounds at Osh Kosh. Colleen and I joined the Women Venture at Boeing Plaza for the HUGE picture and the blue shirts they gave us. We were crammed like sardines. Tony would never been in a picture like that- too many people in one place. =)
Met up with Peggy and Jim Dall who are here from Roanoke. I looked up and she was standing in front of us after the picture. We took time to get a 99's pic!
During the rainstorm we went into one of the buildings and visited the Virginia is for Flying Lovers booth. The owner of the Martinsville, VA airport was there and we started chatting. Told him I have a student coming up from Smith Mountain lake and he said you are teaching Tom. Unexpected surprises!
We spent the day at the Aviator's Circle tent and had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking to the tent we saw Tony, Daryl and Ryan walking towards us. Daryl is one of the people who got me into flying! I wouldn't even be in Osh Kosh if he had not given me the chance to fly the Piper. Another Virginia buddy!
Bill, Colleen and I had some fun checking out different military planes.
The day airshow had some interesting clouds as cold front passed through. I was like a kid grinning from ear to ear as the Blue Angels did a surprise pass overhead after the anthem. LOVED it! Never seen them before and their show is Friday so we will miss it. So glad we got to see them.