January 22, 2005
Air Serv International is a non-government and non-profit organization that assists the world's leading relief and development agencies in getting their cargo and humanitarian staff safely delivered to areas of need. According to a recent Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association newsletter, "Air Serv brings badly needed logistics support, equipment and hope to millions of people in some of the harshest environments in the world. Its staff is currently deployed in Sri Lanka and Sumatra, some of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami."
AOPA has selected Air Serv, an approved agency by the USA Freedom Corps, as a partner in its Tsunami relief efforts. AOPA, in conjunction with Air Serv, established the AOPA Tsunami Fund with all funds going specifically to support relief from the tsunami disaster. AOPA has pledged up to $25,000 to match member contributions.
To learn more about how anyone can make a donation and AOPA members can make a donation that will be matched, visit the Air Serv Give a Gift page on the Air Serv Website.
I enjoyed reading a variety of reports from the field that are posted on the Air Serv International Website. Even one that shares how Air Serv came to the rescue of Angelina Jolie while she was on a goodwill tour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can also learn about the fleet of general aviation aircraft used on their missions.
January 17, 2005
The media loves to cover these types of accidents for the pictures and video. Often the stories are reported in a slant that makes general aviation sound like it is a reckless hobby.
I am just always glad to hear when a fellow pilot is able to safely bring a plane down after encountering engine problems. I am sure his Flight Instructor would be proud that his emergency training paid off.
Officials said Daniel W. Hayden, 36, of Anderson Township, was flying the two-passenger plane from Lunken Airport to the Butler County Regional Airport at about 1 p.m.
January 9, 2005
With the holidays, snowstorms and weeks of rain behind me I was finally able to make it out to the Blue Ash Airport today to fly. I last flew in the first week of December. Being so long since I last flew I spent some time this week refreshing my memory on the Cessna 152 and how weather effects flying in the winter. I went back to my Jeppessen books, my Sporty's Private Pilot Flight Training DVD Course and my Cessna 152 manual. I also took extra time with my pre-flight inspection including some time re-familiarizing myself with the cockpit.
I think every pilot in the Cincinnati area today decided to take advantage of the first nice day for flying in weeks. The airport was a buzz with activity when I arrived. The plane I was renting was the only one of six from my fixed based operator that was not in the sky yet. Since the skies above were filled with aircraft working in the pattern, I took off and flew east of the Blue Ash Airport.
The Ohio Valley has dealt with terrible rain for the past week and most rivers are flooding over in amazing form. From the sky, pilots have a unique vantage point of this devastating force of Mother Nature. I flew for almost an hour viewing overflowing rivers and lakes.
When I returned to Blue Ash the airport was still busy with traffic. There was one pilot who had angered two other pilots by cutting them off in the traffic pattern. It was interesting to listen to their argument, I was glad the reckless pilot landed before I entered the pattern. My first landing of 2005 was under cross wind conditions and was a little bouncy but satisfactory nonetheless since I am here writing to you.
It was great to get airborne again. I am hoping the weather gets better allowing me to fly more in January.