Best of 2015


Life is full of choices

I bought a T-shirt one year at Airventure that read “Life is full of choices”. How true.

2014 was an incredible year. I flew a lot. I flew to the Bahamas. To Sun ‘n Fun. To Airventure. I flew to Virginia airports for $500 Vegeburger runs and stamps. I finally got my tail wheel rating. It was fantabulous!

2015, on the other hand was tame. As they say, life is full of choices!

Here are some fun posts from 2015:

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January: Words on Wednesdays: From AAA to FLY

February: Bahamas Blues

March: Indian Women Pilots

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April:May Day, May Day, May Day

May: Heroes in Fiction

June: December

July: Postcards to OSH: Wish I was there

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August: Logging Memories V

September: Remembering this day

October: It’s Beautiful out here!

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November: Monday Morning Reality

December: Limited Edition Airplane Cookies

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Adds More Highlights To The “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”


12 days and counting, see you there…
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Oshkosh: Nothing Like it!

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More than 10,000 airplanes come to Wisconsin for the week-long event on July 20-26, which draws total attendance of 500,000 from more than 60 nations. Among the recent lineup additions are Goodyear’s new “Wingfoot One” airship, combat veteran aircraft from World War II and the Vietnam War, and a drone flying competition for AirVenture attendees.

With its July 20 opening day just two weeks away, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 is still adding attractions and highlights that enhance its status as the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in convention will be held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Among the new additions are the appearance of the new Goodyear airship Wingfoot One; participation by an extremely rare de Havilland Mosquito aircraft from World War II; additions of D-Day and Vietnam War veteran C-47 aircraft; and a daily drone-flying challenge in Aviation Gateway Park…

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End of a Chapter: WhiteKnightOne’s Final Flight


SpaceShipOne touched the edge of space on June 21st 2004 and went on to win the X-Prize later that year. A triumphant Rutan and Melville flew in to Airventure 2005 in WhiteNightOne and SpaceShipOne. Of the SpaceShipOne: one resides at the Smithsonian in DC and the other at the EAA museum in Oshkosh. WhiteNightOne rests in Everett, WA as part of the Paul Allen Heritage Collection.

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Last month marked 10 years since the first commercial space flight. SpaceShipOne quietly tucked under the belly of its mother ship, WhiteKnightOne, flew successfully into outer space on June 21st, 2004. Although the flight into outer space and the return lasted barely 24 minutes, it accomplished what Rutan set out to prove: that commercial space flight is feasible. Two subsequent flights in September and October of the same year, demonstrated undeniably that it is not only possible but can be accomplished with short turn around time.

Oshkosh 09Scaled Composites went on to win the Ansari X-Prize and continues to build SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo with commercial space tourism in mind under the auspices  of Virgin Galactic. After the three successful flights, SpaceShipOne was retired, and now graces the front galley in the Smithsonian Air and Space Musuem in Washington, D.C. This week marked the end of the first phase of commercial space…

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It’s SpaceShipOne week… and I am reblogging related posts on the topic!

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Launching the next century of flight

It is that time of the year again and I was fortunate enough to make it to Oshkosh for the third consecutive year in a row, albeit for just two days. It is always invigorating and exciting to be present at Oshkosh. Isn’t it incredible that such a small airport is transformed for one week into almost a city of its own, comprising of pilots and aviation enthusiasts from all over the world?

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The theme for this year’s convention was Launching the next century of Flight and what better way then by cheering the men who are launching the next generation of spacecraft? After the successful flight of SpaceshipOne on June 21st, there was much cause for celebration. A triumphant Rutan and Melville flew in the Starship Beechcraft, the chase plane for SpaceShipOne. Crowds thronged to hear Rutan and Melville speak, to…

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Destination Oshkosh 2015


See you there

EAA has designated Tuesday, July 21, 2015 as Rutan Legacy Day. Look out for many Rutan designs, and talks by the master during the day and evening.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 is WomenVenture Day. If you are a women, a pilot and fly, pick up your T-shirt and meet up in the Boeing Plaza at 11:00am for a memorable group photo. There is a breakfast event (speaker Jessica Cox) and a lunch event (speaker Cindy Hasselbring and Dr Kathy Sullivan)  if you are interested in registering.

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Not to mention daily airshows, seminars, workshops, aircraft display, museum, concerts, movies and more.Not to forget night airshows on Wednesday and Saturday of that week.

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It’s decided.

I’m going. Are you?

Monday Morning Inspiration


Each year, I look forward to my trip to Oshkosh, not the least because I look forward to being inspired. See Oshkosh: An Inspiration.

Since 2002, when I first made it to Airventure, I looked forward to my trips to Oshkosh as an inspiration, to rejuvenate my spirits, to take a day or two or a week off, so I could handle the rest of the year.

osh15The last couple of years my trips to Oshkosh were exhilarating, not the least because I flew in, but sadly Rutan’s absence was deeply felt.

On Friday, February 19th, 2015,  EAA announced the return  of Burt Rutan to Airventure 2015 for the 40th anniversary of the VariEze. Lookout for a flyin of Rutan designs!

2015 promises to be a year to look forward to…See you at Airventure 2015!