Repost: Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ)

Finding airports with Cafes on the field is extremely challenging in the Mid Atlantic. Even websites like AOPA airports, Airport Facility Directory, Airnav or even ForeFlight don’t contain accurate information sometimes. I unearthed SFQ a few months back through reading some user comments and scouring the web for information on Virginia airports with restaurants on the field.


Attitudes Cafe officially opened last April (2013), but they have unpredictable schedules, are open only Friday through Sunday, don’t answer the phone mostly, and possibly closed during holidays (Dec-Jan). They do have a Facebook page, where the most current information might be posted.

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Repost: Cape May

Five years ago…

The airwaves were quieter on Easter Sunday and the air smooth as we made our way south. There was not a cloud in sight but sadly haze still clung around the area preventing crisp, crystal clear photographs and videos. We flew southbound reporting all the check points along the way: Alpine Tower, GWB, Intrepid, Clock and Statue of Liberty. We descended lower to 800 ft as we practiced our turns about the point over the Statue of Liberty.

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Women in Aviation: Nancy Harkness Love

Nancy Harkness Love was born on February 14th, 1914 in Houghton, Michigan. At an early age, she developed an interest in aviation and earned her pilot’s license at the age of 16 and two years later he commercial license. She married an Air Corps Reserve Major, Robert M Love and together they built a successful aviation company.

During the war, Nancy Love, convinced Col. Tunner of using experienced women pilots to supplement the existing pilot force and was instrumental in recruiting 29 expereinced women pilots to join the newly created Women’s Auxiliary Ferry Squadron (WAFS). Nancy Love became their Commander and in September, 1942, the women pilots began flying at New Castle Army Air Field, Wilmington, Delaware, under ATC’s 2nd Ferrying Group.

The WAFS’ number greatly increased with the addition of graduates of the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. and in 1943 the WAFS merged with the WFTD and became the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) with Nancy Love named the Executive for all WASP ferrying operations. Under her command, female pilots flew almost every type military aircraft then in the Army Air Force’s arsenal.

At the end of the war she was awarded the Air Medal for her Operational Leadership in training and assignment of 300 female pilots in advanced military aircraft. She died on October 22, 1976.

March is Woman History Month and Woman of Aviation Month.

See Also:

Nancy Harkness Love Bio

Fly Girls – Nancy Harkness Love

Woman in Aviation and Space History

Women in Aviation: Lady Mary Bailey

Mary Westenra, daughter of the fifth Baron Rossmore, was born on December 1, 1890 in Rossmore Castle, Ireland. She married Sir Abraham ‘Abe’ Bailey, a wealthy South African mining magnate of British descent, in 1911. Mary volunteered to be an aviation technician when World War I began in 1914, and was stationed in Britain and France with units of the Royal Flying Corps.

Mary (née Westenra), Lady Bailey, 1 September 1911. (Bassano Ltd., Royal Photographers. © National Portrait Gallery, London)

She gained her pilot’s licence in 1927 and embarked on a record-breaking career:

  • Became the first woman to fly across the Irish Sea
  • Set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world height record of 5,268 metres in a light aircraft category
  • Set the record for the longest solo flight and the longest flight by a woman flying 8000 miles from Croydon, South London, England, to Cape Town, South Africa and a 10,000-mile return flight.
  • She won the Harmon Trophy as the world’s outstanding aviatrix in 1927 and 1928.

Mary Bailey was one of the finest women pilots and one of the most remarkable Irishwomen of the 20th century. She died on July 29, 1960, at the age of 69.

See Also:

This Day in Aviation

SP’s Aviation


Women in Aviation: Bessica Raiche

First Accredited Solo Flight by a Woman in United States

The first accredited solo flight by a woman in the United States is attributed to Bessica Raiche. On September 16th, 1910 in Hempstead Plains, NY, she made her solo flight in an airplane based on the Wright’s design, which she and her husband built in their living room. She made five flights on that day. The last flight nosed over, throwing her out of the plan. The aircraft sustained some minor damage and she was uninjured. Two weeks prior to that day, Blanche Stuart Scott, made a solo flight while under instruction with Glenn Curtiss, when the airplane became airborne due to a wind gust.

Born on April 23rd 1875 in Wisconsin, Bessica Raiche was a musician, painter, and linguist. She was also a practicing dentist. Her interest in flying was triggered, while studying in Paris, France. The Aeornautical Society honored her in October 1910 as America’s first woman aviator. She and her husband went on to build two more airplanes using light weight materials in airplane construction.

Owing to health reasons she eventually gave up flying and settled into a career in medicine as the nation’s leading specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. She died in her sleep on April 11, 1932 at her home in Newport Beach, CA.

March is Women History Month and Woman of Aviation Month.

See Also:

Women in Aviation and Space History

This Day in Aviation

Wikipedia – Bessica Raiche

Repost: First Solo

Lights. Camera. Action!

That’s how I always remembered it.

Strobes. Transponder. Throttle.

No pounding heart, sweaty palms or shaky legs as I raced down the runway, applying a little right rudder to maintain center line, eyes glued to the airspeed indicator.

At least not yet.

Airspeed indicator needle gradually turned, as the airplane gained speed. 40, 50, and finally 60 Knots. Gently ease back the yoke and lift-off.

I was airborne.

Oh my God!

It finally sank in. I was all alone in the cockpit having just performed a take-off, for my very first solo flight. I still had to land this aircraft all by myself.

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