Aviation

I've loved airplanes and flying since I was five-years-old. The following, in no particular order--and always a work in progress--are some visual depictions of various journeys and experiences on the ground and in the air with airplanes, fellow pilots and friends who came along for the ride.



Taking off from Granbury (KGDJ) with my wife after some world-class BBQ at The Rib Shack. Best ribs we've ever had anywhere in the country.


Taking the oldest grandson up for a flying trip to the Red River and into Oklahoma. This is at a brief stopover in Bowie (Texas).


I donated my business library to my alma mater, the College of Media & Communications at Texas Tech University. There were a lot of books and books are heavy. I hauled everything out to the hangar the night before I was leaving to load the plane up and ensure I stayed well within W/B (weight & balance) limits. I wasn't so much concerned about being over gross weight as I was where the CG (center of gravity) was going to be.


Snapped a quick pic of the Cessna during mine and Dylan's pit stop in Bowie (Texas).


 This is a friend of mine's recently completed RV-12. He did an absolutely beautiful job building this plane. I can't wait to fly it.



That's about the cleanest panel you're ever gonna see.


 

Several years back, I used to do volunteer flights for the Ulster Project. Here is a snapshot one of the parents took of me and two of the kids after we'd just landed from their first ever small airplane adventure.



Snapped this pic on my way back home from the Texas Tech trip out to Lubbock in 2015. Those little squares each have a pumping, active oil well on them--or pump-jacks as we call them.



Turning to short final back at the home airpatch.



Dylan had wanted to see what The Ballpark where the Texas Rangers play looked like from the air, so since the Goodyear blimp wasn't available, we did a little negotiating with Fort Worth Approach and made a few circles around both the baseball stadium and the stadium where the Cowboys play. The Cowboys' stadium is in the upper left-hand corner of the picture.



Bird's-eye, or blimp-view of The Ballpark.



Picture of me and Dylan right before securing the doors and cranking the prop.



Dylan's actually a pretty decent pilot and can hold a heading fairly well. Holding a steady altitude. . .  we're working on it.



Here he's strapped in the back seat of the RV-8 ready for his first ever hot-rod airplane ride. The expression says it all--he's fearless and thrives on adventure.



His dad, Ricky, is snapping a picture of Dylan ready to go.



Took this picture at 10,000' msl on my way to a book signing and fly-in at Natchitoches, Louisiana (KIER), one of my favorite all-time small Southern towns. Awesome place, awesome people.



1941 Taylorcraft BC-65A the day the complete and total restoration was finished and signed off in the aircraft's log book.



Completely restored 1941 Taylorcraft BC-65A.