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Glenn Norman, Michelle Goodeve, and Francois Dumas
Truly awesome footage from a helicopter
We live in amazing times: we can fly an old airplane, capture the experience using modern technology, and relive the flight again and again. Happy Birthday Hal!
In Episode 8, Glenn’s $100.00, 2-week trip to Florida evolves into a tour of the Caribbean. After a “night on the town” in Nassau (which never got farther than the hotel room for our 19-year-old, over-imbibing hero), Glenn awoke to a truly troubling sight.
You might think that finding an airplane of your own to buy is a logical matter of prioritizing needs and wants, then looking through online listings. But in Glenn Norman’s experience, seller and buyer are often brought together in a decidedly more mystical manner.
In Episode 7, Glenn’s former instructor calls with the opportunity of a lifetime: a two week trip to Florida for only $100.00! Little did either of them know that this trip would go much further … and change both of their lives forever.
It was supposed to just be an easy flight to an air show. The first sign of trouble came in the form of a strengthening headwind about 45 minutes into the flight. Something felt wrong, but 13-year-old ultralight pilot Scott Burris didn’t know exactly what it was. Then he looked up …
If there are two things pilots like almost as much as flying itself … they are airplane stuff and airplane people. There was a generous supply of both on hand at this year’s Canadian Aviation Expo, and Michelle Goodeve captured the best of it all with her camera.
Meet Jon, Paul, Gorgeous and The Floozy in this seemingly supernatural airplane story with a surprising twist. A few of them, actually!
In Episode 6, it’s finally time to see if our hero is ready to go for his license. A pre-flight test is arranged and—for the most part—things go well. Which is not to say that the exercise goes without a surprise … and a most unexpected ending (which may, or may not, have actually happened)!
Are you planning on buying your own airplane soon? If not … why not? No matter what your particular excuse, you may just begin to think about aircraft ownership a little differently after reading this motivating piece by Glenn Norman. It’s not as hard as you think, he explains. And owning your own airplane will transform your flying experiences forever!
A pilot’s first solo cross-country flight is usually rather exhilarating in and of itself. With the instructor on the ground, it’s the first opportunity to actually go somewhere … alone. In this episode of “Those Thrilling Years,” our hero confidently departs Buttonville for Peterborough, as enthusiastic and proud of his new skills as any student pilot ever was. What he encounters 30 minutes into the flight though, would make even a seasoned aviator sweat!
“When darkness falls, I dream of you …” begins Michelle Goodeve’s poem “Love Letter to the Sky.” Any pilot who has flown through the dusk toward a setting sun will understand.
Pilots tend to focus on their first solo flight as the event that changes everything. There’s an argument to made though that the real milestone is when you simply take the controls for the first time, and experience the thrills of controlling an airplane for yourself. A lifelong aviation fanatic, François Dumas was pretty excited when he took his first flight—in a jet—in 1985. But when he actually got some stick time in an Aviasud Mistral ultralight a few years later, well … that was really flying!
When we last left our hero in Episode 3 he was reeling from a brush with acrophobia during his first flying lesson. In this story, he stares down a different demon—stalls. He then discovers that while flying itself is thrilling (and not as scary as he thought), the places it takes you are often the real reward … if you can find them!
It’s a rare airplane story that’s told from the perspective of the airplane itself. This terrific story by Robert Bach is rare in other ways, too. His words will gently grab your imagination, transport you back in time, and then take you forward through the years alongside a certain TravelAir 4000. If you don’t already believe that airplanes are living breathing beings with hearts and souls, you will …
Given the phenomenal response to Michelle Goodeve’s moving essay, “A Memory of Choice,” we thought we’d let you experience a flight in “T.J.” for yourself. Sit back and enjoy the view as Michelle takes you flying in The Tiger Boys’ Thruxton Jackaroo!
A very special, and personal, piece by Michelle Goodeve. That’s all that really needs to be said. Michelle will explain the rest.
The problem with turning big dreams into reality is that reality is never quite like what we imagine it will be. In the case of a wannabe pilot’s first flight, the experience can be wonderful … or terrifying . If you’ve ever taken a bold leap only to find yourself asking, “What the hell was I thinking?” you’ll identify with Glenn Norman as he recounts his first—humbling—flying lesson.
It’s not often you find an airline pilot whose skill in a cockpit is balanced by creativity and eloquence behind a keyboard. We believe we’ve discovered such a talent in Scott Burris, and we’re happy to present his first Why Fly contribution to you. It’s the stirring retelling of his first solo flight—in an ultralight—at an age you won’t believe!
For Part Three of “Great Canadian Anomalies,” Michelle Goodeve takes you to an event that’s near and dear to her heart. Each fall, Tom Dietrich’s “Tiger Boys” throw an Open House for friends and family at Guelph Air Park in Ontario, Canada. Michelle’s been flying their antique aircraft for more than 15 years. The 2009 event was particularly special as Ed and Kathy Lubitz brought in their Silver Dart Replica (Canada’s first aeroplane) to celebrate the country’s Centennial of Flight.
When Glenn Norman bought a steal of a 1955 Piper Tri-Pacer in 1994, he intended to fix it up to resell at a profit. It took a few years for this pilot with an “extreme tailwheel bias” to admit he actually liked flying “the best-kept secret in aviation.” His epiphany came during an uncharacteristically utilitarian trip from point A to point B, in which he learned that while a Tri-Pacer is no jet … speed is relative.