A Pioneering Trip Across the English Channel — Transportation History

January 7, 1785 The first-ever flight over the English Channel took place when French inventor and aviation pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American physician and scientist Dr. John Jeffries (at the time a British resident) traveled over that body of water in a gas balloon. The travel equipment on board the balloon included silk-covered oars for the […]

A Pioneering Trip Across the English Channel — Transportation History

Repost: iPad+Foreflight+Stratus=Awesome!

Okay I agree I am way behind on the bandwagon… But I have not been flying as often as I would like to, the last year or two.

After my visit to California last time (see Hanger Walk Anyone?), I came away excited and enthusiastic to invest in a new iPad and ForeFlight for iPad. But the iPad I had was wifi only and so all I used it for was pre-flight planning for almost a year.

I saw Stratus in action a few months ago on a $500 hamburger run with fellow 99s and friends Pat and Linda. We dodged clouds and traversed the VFR corridor through the DC SFRA. Wow! I thought, I need to get me one of those!

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Top Five Visited Posts and New Year’s Resolutions

As 2020 comes to a close, it’s that time of the year to reflect on the past year and make plans for the next year.

Flying over Kennedy Space Center

While I did not fly much in 2020, I did reminisce about my past flying in new posts in 2020 that include:

  1. Hawthorne
  2. Intro Flight
  3. Just like that – To Hearst and back
  4. Flying Destinations – Santa Barbara
  5. Flying Destinations – Santa Ynez

An interesting post that appeared in the last Aviatrix Aerogram was:

Manned vs. Unmanned 

The two most popular blog posts that continue to be the most viewed compared to the rest are so far ahead, that this year I decide to only post the top five visited posts. In fact as noted last year, my Niagara Falls post has even exceeded the Bahamas posts by three times. It continues to be the most visited post this year again! Without much ado, here are the five most visited posts:

  1. GA Flying over Niagara Falls
  2. Flying to the Bahamas in a C172
  3. Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sunita Williams, Indian American Astronaut
  4. Point-to-point Navigation
  5. Monday Morning Inspiration: First African American Woman in Space

Photo courtesy Gert.

Here’s hoping for many new adventures in 2021.

As for New Year Resolutions?

2021 brings forth so much uncertainty, that I am resolving to Just Wing It again!

How about you?


Stay Safe and Have a very Happy New Year and I hope to see you back here next year!

Airplane Cookies are here!

Hold Short and Wait


Fly 'n Cook

Hold Short and Wait

That’s how I have felt this year.

I wish it was otherwise. But I am so thankful for everyone who was sane, showed empathy, and  compassion for their fellow Americans.

I did not fly this year.  I was willing to hold short and wait for my fellow countrymen as we figured out the unusual times we were going through. 2021 will continue these challenges. And I will continue to support whatever is safe to get us through these troubling times.

So while we hold short and wait, here are some cookies to celebrate the holidays and bring in 2021


2 cups Blanched Almond Flour
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Cardamom powder
2 tbsp. Orange Zest
1 tbsp. Lemon Zest
1/2 tsp baking powder


1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of one orange
1 tsp vanilla essence

In a bowl, mix…

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The End of a Record-Setting Flight Between Omaha and New Orleans — Transportation History

December 15, 1912 Aviation pioneer Antony Habersack “Tony” Jannus arrived in New Orleans at the end of an extensive and record-setting flight that had begun in the Great Plains the previous month. Jannus had flown out of Omaha in a Benoist Land Tractor Type XII biplane on November 6. Jannus wanted to make this trip […]

The End of a Record-Setting Flight Between Omaha and New Orleans — Transportation History

2020: A Year to Forget?

End of the year always brings forth memories of achievements accomplished over the year, new goals and so much more.

2020 started with me thinking about the Roaring 20’s.

I was excited! I had a Defense planned. I was achieving my ultimate goal. I planned to own, fly and so much more. That was January 2020.

March came and went. I graduated.

I thought I could return to the normal flying program. But wait.

December came. Virtual Graduation. Wut?

Believe it or not, 2020 is the year I would rather forget.