I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to learn how to fly.  That’s ironic considering that I’m scared to death of heights.  I took my first official lesson in 1986, but it took me 18 years before I had enough flight hours to finally take my check ride.



I am a Private Pilot with a “Complex” sign-off.  That means I’m allowed to fly planes in which the wheels retract and also have constant-speed (variable-pitch) propellers.  Before you ask … yes, so far, I have always remembered to put the wheels down prior to landing.



I am an EAA “Young Eagles” pilot, giving free flights to kids between 8-17 years old.  I’ve also been an AOPA “Mentor” and have volunteered at aviation museums in California and Hawaii for many years.



For your enjoyment, here are some videos of flying Cessna 172s and 182s in Hawaii, plus some miscellaneous photos of other flying adventures.  I have lots more!  I have flown Cessna 152s, 172s, and 182s.  I’ve also flown Piper Warriors and Arrows.  And a Robinson R-44 helicopter (see photo below)!

Flying videos in Hawaii:

Photos of flying adventures over the years: