The Hawaiian Experience

The Hawaiian Experience

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Chris Reynolds Vimeo page. Last time I enjoyed his visit to Hatcher Pass. Since then, he’s been paragliding in Oahu, another place of my dreams. The scenery and especially the chickens brought back some pleasant memories made while visiting my son there. Have you been to Oahu? If so, I’ll bet you’ll recognize some of the sites. South Florida […]

What a Flying Machine!

What a Flying Machine!

These machines nostalgically transport me back to my youth. Back then, the startup and sound of those radial engines enthralled me. Every Sunday, after our afternoon drive, my father would stop at the airport and we’d watch Frontier Airlines depart. In those days, there wasn’t an airport fence. And an aspiring, pre-school pilot like myself, could freely interact with the flight crew. In fact, it wasn’t […]

Another Kind of Dream Flying

Another Kind of Dream Flying

Yeow! This brings back some memories. Up till now, I’ve shared what my dream flying was like when unaided. Just me and the sky. But I’ve dreamed of another kind of flying. The kind that requires using a flying machine. Unlike my real airplane piloting based experiences, my dream flying machine was never an airplane. It was always a unique, often muscle powered apparatus. And regardless […]

Dream Flying

Dream Flying

This is exactly how the world looks when I’m flying, unfettered in my dreams.  Looking down or backward, a spherical world rolls by. Looking out, I see the more traditional perspective typical of my piloting days. Things get interesting when my dreams take me mountain flying, on a dark star-lit night. It is sometimes confusing, But the freedom and the experience are exhilarating. I love […]

Amazing Surreal Base Jump

Amazing Surreal Base Jump

Although risky, not all crash and burn. Amazing! -dM

Striking the Cliff

Striking the Cliff

There’s something to be said for the old preflight, just to make sure the wings will work, and then a run-up to make sure they’re pointed in the right direction — before takeoff. Although certainly more exciting, doing the takeoff part first, and then the wing and direction part after, has its draw backs. For folding wings, I think I prefer an inflated paraglider flying […]

Folding Wings and Wings Folding

Folding Wings and Wings Folding

Phenomenal footage! No lives lost in the air or on the ground! Watch the Cessna’s wing wrap around the skydiver!!! It was the perfect storm with distracted pilots and each plane in the other’s blindspot. Back in my pilot days, I flew a few flights photographing other aircraft. Didn’t like it at all. the workload and risk increased astronomically lots of distractions for both pilots […]

Too Big to Catch Air

Too Big to Catch Air

I think not. Watch this lighter than normal 747 catching air. I suspect that paraglider and 747 jockeys would have about the same kind of reaction when the wind suddenly lifts them 30 feet in the air. -dM

Working an Approach

Working an Approach

This is what an approach looks like when you have your hands on the throttle. Not much time for gawking at the scenery, beautiful though it may be. -dM

Most Beautiful Approach Ever

Most Beautiful Approach Ever

There’s something about flying an approach that just can’t be matched in my dream flying. Here’s one of the most beautiful approaches I ever seen. That beauty is best experienced flying in a jump seat or in a video like this one. It’s just to easy to get lost or fixated on the flow of things and loss situational awareness So I know that the guy […]

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