Repost: Reflections of Lake Parker Arrival

Now that I have flown both the Fisk Arrival into Oshkosh during Airventure and the Lake Parker Arrival into Lakeland during Sun ‘n Fun, I have had time to reflect on the two.

Both arrivals are well documented in a published NOTAM, ahead of time, and available so pilots can plan, and prepare for the arrival. In the case of the Fisk Arrival, there are numerous videos available on the EAA Airventure website. Flying the arrival for the first time last year, I read and re-read the NOTAM, watched all the videos, fretted and felt excited, and eagerly awaited the experience.


Despite our expectation to arrive in Oshkosh on Thursday evening, we did not get there till Saturday morning. Executing the Fisk Arrival ended up being a lot easier, than what I imagined or prepared for. There are far fewer aircraft arrivals towards the end of Airventure. Further, the number of arrivals early in the morning are far fewer than what one would expect in the evening in the middle of the week. Still there was enough excitement and nervousness to keep me alert.

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Repost: Yikes! I Almost Stalled over Lakeland!

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“Aircraft arriving over Lake Parker, expect holding until 7:15 pm over Lake Parker,” was what we heard on the radio a few minutes after our planned group departure from Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) in Leesburg, Florida.

snf0Four aircraft from the Mid-Atlantic had made it easily, albeit, at different times to our chosen airport of rendezvous. Considering the aircraft in play: a Columbia 400, a twin Baron, a Cessna 182 and a Cessna 172, we definitely needed a rally point to meet, prepare, and plan a departure to Sun ‘n Fun (SNF).

snf9According to our original plan, we had all congregated at KLEE, briefed the arrival procedures and departed on cue around 6:00pm. The plan was to arrive at Lakeland Airport around 6:30pm for a group arrival.

Being the slowest aircraft of all, a Cessna 172, we had departed last. Hearing the SNF radio communications, Linda and I, pondered our options…

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Repost: The Spirit of St Louis

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I owned the world that hour as I rode over it …
free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds,
but how inseparably I was bound to them.”
Charles A. Lindberg

On May 21, 1927 almost seventy five years ago, Charles A Lindberg, a quiet young airmail pilot from Minnesota made history when he landed his monoplane at the Paris’ Le Bourget airfield. Lindberg was inspired when he first learned of the $25,000 Orteig reward for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris.  The Orteig Prize had been offered by Raymond Orteig, a New York hotel business man, since 1919.

A small aircraft company in San Diego, Ryan Airlines, agreed to build him an aircraft. The aircraft, Ryan NYP, was later christened “The Spirit of St. Louis”, in honor of Lindbergh’s friends and associates in Missouri who financed the flight. The flight spanned 3,610…

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