Logging Memories IV: Just Like That!


There was a time when it was easy.

Occasionally, I loved to hop on over to the airport, either really early in the morning or later in the evening while the sun was still shinning, making it’s way down the horizon slowly, during long midsummer days, when there was plenty of sunshine in the evening.

My logbook is scattered with many Just like that’s especially when I was a brand new pilot, when I lived barely a mile away from the airport and the weather was usually good.

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Those were fun times, when I hopped on an airplane with no purpose or destination in mind. Just a random flight up and down the coast: maybe to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunset, or the beauty of the earth, or practice some landings, or make the short hop across to a nearby airport for a touch and go, or just because I could and wanted to enjoy the simple joy of flight.

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Then there were the sight-seeing flights: taking family members or friends up for a ride. Over the pristine central coast of California, over the San Francisco Bay, on a cross country flight  across California, or over the battlefields of Virginia up to Harpers Ferry or across the Chesapeake Bay to Bay Bridge Airport or Tangier Island or down south to Willimansburg, or maybe even up through the Hudson river past New York city skyline.

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It’s been a while since I have done that. When driving to an airport takes a whole hour during the weekend and maybe up to three hours on a weekday (see Planes Trains and Automobiles), it is hard to sneak away for a flight just like that.

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One of these days maybe I might still try that: Just like that!

See also:
Logging Memories I
Logging Memories II
Logging Memories III

10 thoughts on “Logging Memories IV: Just Like That!

  1. Karlene September 21, 2013 / 2:34 am

    I’m thinking you need to move closer to an airport! And… it can happen just like that. 🙂

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    • flynthings September 21, 2013 / 12:13 pm

      I know….one of these days hopefully!

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  2. Camille September 21, 2013 / 2:55 am

    Ditto Karlene. Maybe California?

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    • flynthings September 21, 2013 / 12:13 pm

      I hope so…one of these days… Just like that!

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  3. reynoldschristy September 21, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Hey, just want to say, great blog. Very enjoyable read, it looks like you get some great flying.
    I look forward to your updates.
    Chris

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    • flynthings September 22, 2013 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks. Looks like you are doing a lot of fun flying as well. Good luck with your training.

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  4. paywindow7 December 17, 2013 / 2:17 am

    I enjoy reading your Fly ‘n Things posts. I used to fly for no other reason than to just fly. I always enjoyed physics and as you know flying is definitely Physics 101. I flew a little 152 some years ago that would tell you went to rotate. When the winds were right and the ground speed approached rotation, just at the point the wind over the wing attached there would be a slight bump in the yoke like the aircraft was saying ” OK sport, we’re ready now, do it”.

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    • flynthings December 17, 2013 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks… I learnt to fly in a 152… it is a very good trainer and so easy to fly!

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