Being a ferry pilot is a great job if you like to travel and see other countries but sometimes it can be very frustrating. Flying a low altitudes in an aircraft with great visibility lets you really see what you’re missing as the landscape passes below you. I don’t know how many times a day I look down and say to myself “Wow! That’s cool, I wish I was down there.” only to have whatever I was looking at disappear behind me never to be seen again. In the photo is a small village I saw while flying over Italy, or maybe Greece, that was miles from anywhere and isolated by mountains on every side. I imagined my wife and I renting a car and driving for hours along the narrow road as it wound it’s way through the mountains to the village, stopping along the way for a glass of wine and some authentic local food at a small family restaurant followed by a night at a hotel that’s hundreds of years old. Who knows, maybe someday. I should have marked it on my GPS.
If you’re a pilot who use’s the autopilot a lot you should take the time to watch this video. The speaker makes some great points about how some pilots get so dependent on the autopilot that it actually increases work load in some critical situations instead of reducing it. I personally never use the autopilot to fly approaches, even in low instrument conditions. I like to hand fly the plane as much as possible not only to keep my skills up but because I like flying approaches and don’t want to share the fun with a damn electronic box.
I saw this sand sculpture on the west coast of the Gulf of Aqaba. The only reason I was there was because I couldn’t get an over flight permit for Israel and had to fly around it after leaving Jordan en route to Crete. The lat long is 29* 10’25.54N 34*42’11.13E if you want to check it out on Google earth.
Among the first things student pilots learn is the importance of a thorough walkaround and a California man now has plenty of time to ponder the wisdom of that precaution. Police in Compton, Calif., allege that Troy Long, of Bellflower, described as a “former student pilot,” pulled a gun on staff at the Compton/Woodley Airport when they discovered him taking keys from the hook. They say he then bolted for a Cessna 152 parked outside. As staff called the authorities, Long started the aircraft and made good his escape — except for one thing. He didn’t unhook the chain holding the tail to the concrete.