This website is home to my Flying Blog as well as aviation files and links.
I’m a Commercial Pilot with Airplane Single Engine Land (ASEL), Airplane Single Engine Sea (ASES) and Instrument ratings. I also have Private Pilot privileges for Airplane Multi-Engine Land (AMEL) and Rotorcraft/Helicopter. I’ve been flying since 1989 with about 2,500 hours total. Most of it is in tailwheel aircraft.
My flying time has included: Cessna A185F, Piper PA-18 Super Cub, Cessna 180 amphibian, deHavilland Beaver DHC-2 amphibian, Taylorcraft BC-12D floatplane, Piper PJ3 floatplane, Cub Crafters Sport Cub, Piper J-3 Cub, Robinson R-22 helicopter, Robinson R-44 helicopter, Bell UH-1H “Huey” helicopter, American Champion Super Decathalon, American Champion Citabria Aurora, Diamond Katana DA-20, Beechcraft Duchess, Cessna 182, Cessna 172RG, Cessna 172, Piper Warrior II, and Cessna 152.
Since 2012 I’ve worked for the North Carolina Forest Service as a part-time scout plane pilot flying a 1985 Cessna A185F taildragger. Most of the flying in my job is on forest fires where I provide “eyes in the sky” for the Incident Commander directing the ground firefighting teams. I often work with helicopters or air tankers that drop water on the fires to protect structures and firefighters. I also fly insect damage surveys and other types of forest management flights.
To read about my recent trip to the Idaho back country in my Maule, click the link below.
- Density Altitude Table (PDF)
- MX-7-180 Performance Table (PDF)
- Lycoming O-360-A/C Engine Performance Table (PDF)
- Indicated-to-True Airspeed Conversion Table (PDF)