|Good Morning CYNJ|
As many of you know, I made a big change in my employment recently. I left behind a job of 11 years working at a grocery story, to work as a full-time flying instructor at SkyQuest Aviation Ltd. at Langley Airport. Now that I'm flying for work, I'm doing way more flying than I'm used to, but I'm absolutely loving it!
The only catch, is that with flying all day, 5 days a week, I am really getting my flying fix, when before I would constantly feel the need to escape work as quickly as possible and run to the airport and hop in the Jodel, to go for a quick spin. It's now much more rare for me to find the time to put hours on the lovely little Jodel, but love her less, I do not.Because I'm flying for work more, and adventuring in the Jodel are happening less, you may see fewer posts from me, but don't fret, the "Author" will do his best to entertain you when he's able. For those not in the loop, Leon nicknamed me the "Author" because of my overly elaborate blog posts, which in truth could all be summed up in a couple of sentences and with a few pictures. Needless to say, I enjoy writing, so I hope you don't mind my stories.
|Me and Ritvik|
With our walk around done, Ritvit (my student) and I blasted off in our trusty Cessna 152, C-GTYR. Eastward we climbed towards the smoke obscured mountains barely visible past Chilliwack. As we passed through the Glenn Valley practice area, we observed an old friend, Mike practicing stalls in his beautiful Stinson 108. It was very cool to see such a seasoned pilot practicing seemingly simple maneuvers solo. It goes to show, that as aviators, we must always practice, regardless of how many hours we have in our logbook.
|Tulips in full swing|
When we tuned up Chilliwack Traffic 122.7 we learned very quickly that the active runway was 07.
We crossed midfield, and as we did I spotted an old friend's hangar doors were open. We stuck in the circuit for a couple touch-and-goes before making a full stop. Once on the ground, I got a hold of the friend with the hangar and he invited us to visit his hangar. But first, we needed to pick up some pie. The restaurant was packed, and thankfully we didn't need to wait for a table, since we were just getting pie to go. But, as we walked in to the waiting area for the restaurant, I recognized two faces I hadn't seen in over a decade. Riesa Kyne and Aidan Kyne (and their two young boys), who I knew both from way back in the Air Cadet program. After a regrettably all too brief greeting, we rushed to get our pie, and then put it in the back in the plane.
|The "Pie" menu|
|The C-140 cockpit|
After we started up, the first voice we heard was that of my good friend James, coming in to land at Chilliwack in his Rans S-6 Coyote. As we taxiied past each other, I could also see that he brought along our good friend Greg "Stumpy."
|James and Stumpy taxiing by us as we're leaving|
|The pie got first class seating|
So, I thought to myself, "Why don't I try this with Ritvik?" Of course, I discussed the idea of doing so with him before hand, and to my surprise he was actually quite eager to give it a try. So, starting at higher, safer altitudes I gave him a few practice "whacks" on the controls, and as he proved himself more and more capable, I increased the frequency, and did so at lower and lower altitudes. But, once in the ultra sensitive phase of the approach I told him I would stop doing so, and ceased the onslaught. He seemed to really enjoy it, and I feel that by doing so, I have made him more ready to face gusty conditions of which he may encounter when I'm not in the plane with him.
|A little worse for wear (Bumbleberry Pie)|
After going around, and around, and around we decided to land and finally get a chance to enjoy the pie we had carefully transported back to Langley. All I can say is YUM!
Until next time, Fly smart and fly safe!
Written by: David McIntosh