It couldn’t have been a more beautiful year for the Cozumel Airshow. Unfortunately, all planes and plans came to a stop with the loss of Juan Miguel Garcia Salas in a tragic crash at the show. Juan was a bright light, always had a smile on his face and mischief in his eyes. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and my most heartfelt condolences to his family.
The year has been a good one for Hawker sales and contract flying south of the border… ABC Elite Aviation has been providing cheap, good quality Hawkers to happy Mexican clients.
Do you need a Twin Cessna instructor? Are you a new owner. As a 10 year Twin Cessna owner and MEII instructor, I will not only teach you how to fly it, I will teach you how to avoid the pitfalls of ownership and excessive maintenance costs. I have never met a C310-C421 I didn’t love.
Nothing like some real life scenarios when checking out a new lessor for my Twin Cessna. After departing KSBA, we wound up with reduced range, late night flight, followed by a winter front. Our plane was to land behind the weather, fuel, climb to FL210 to top the weather and land at Boston. Enroute we had a gyro failure and we were faced with a socked in Northeast. Nothing like landing at Boston Logan in minimums partial panel to keep you on your toes. I have never been so happy to be on the ground in my flying career. Turned out the slaving mechanism for the HSI had failed and thanks to a phone consult with Robin Howard of Howard Avionics we were able to reset and continue the flight back to the west coast.
Happy Valentine’s Day to me… I took delivery of my new mobile home/ office in Denver and made a family adventure Griswald’s style through a blizzard, sking Tao, Horseshoe Bend, Slot Canyons, the Grand Canyon and Lake Havasu. Not a bad beginning at all.
What to do with a fresh HS125 Type rating? Fly around the world, of course…
KLGB • KVNY • KAUS • KSRG • KTMB • MDSI • SKCG • SKYP
Nothing like getting a call Tuesday (in Florida) to deliver a plane Wednesday (From Long Beach) to Yopal, Columbia. Giddy up!!
PAMR • CYXY • CYYE • KCTB • KBJC • KJCT • MMVR • MMUN
Who wouldn’t take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly the Alaskan Highway in November in a single engine Cessna that had been parked for three years?!?! My sentiments, exactly! After a week of waiting on the seller and buyer to agree on paperwork and a mutually acceptable insurance policy that I sourced, I was cleared for take-off.
Day 1: After my briefing that VFR was not recommended due to a fogged in pass, I had to consider the fact that I could be stuck in Anchorage for the winter. I made the decision that VFR on top was the best option on an otherwise beautiful day to get to Whitehorse by sunset. This was tricky on the best of times due to short days and losing a time zone. After an incredible flight with breathtaking frozen mountain views, I touched down in Whitehorse at sunset and covered the plane in the dark.
It was a big weekend at Aeroshow Cozumel… Dedicating a memorial for Fred, a big birthday, and a great weekend with old & new friends that seemed too short. It is always great to be with my “family”… Big thanks to Rafael Arnal for making it all happen… And special thanks to Dean Wingard for making me hustle… LOL.