March 14, 2013

Lunchtime Laps in the Pattern

todd_PBJ.jpgMost pilots are familiar with the $100 Hamburger. This past week though I enjoyed my first $82.50 PB&J. For months I have been trying to think of ways to find more time for flying. Recently, I started wondering whether I could fit a flight in during lunch.

My office is a little over 10 miles from the gate to the airport. With beautiful blue skies forecasted for a few days in a row I booked a plane and decided to give it a try. Here is how things went:

11:41 Left the office
11:48 Called and had the plane pulled from the hangar
11:51 Completed preflight brief
12:04 Arrived at the airport
12:18 Complete preflight and started the engine
12:25 Rolling down runway 16 at KPWK for takeoff
12:50 Engine shut down with three touch and gos completed
12:56 Flight logged in the Leading Edge Flying Club computer
1:25 Arrived back at the office.
I logged 0.5 hours of flying and got three landings for the logbook. Not necessarily the best or most useful flight time but a different way for me to get a taste of flying and stay current without taking away time from the family in the evenings.

I think I will do this again for sure and think this might be an interesting way to share aviation with others. Maybe this summer I will try to do this type of flight once or twice a month and invite a co-worker to join me for a quick tour of the area or a flight along the Chicago skyline.

This is by far the best way I can think of spending lunch. The Peanut Butter and Jelly was average but the ambiance was unbeatable!

Posted by at March 14, 2013 5:59 PM

This is a great idea - way to go in finding another way to fit flying into a busy schedule!

Posted by: Louis at March 15, 2013 5:15 PM | Reply

What a great idea! I used to ditch class in college to do a few laps in the pattern. That's probably why my grades really were horrible. Oh well.....

Next time give me a shout! I'll order us take out!

Posted by: Al W. at March 31, 2013 11:36 AM | Reply

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Posted by: James Ford at April 24, 2013 1:13 AM | Reply

I'm trying to generate interest in a cool t-shirt club ( I hope to highlight those great $100 hamburger places that make us want to fly! If interested, I'd love to let you know when it takes off!

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