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Some photographs from my piloting experiences

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posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 04:52 PM
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Hello ATS friends

I began flying about 13 months ago after I went up with a friend in his LSA and fell in love with aviation on the spot. Decided shortly after that I wanted to pursue my Private Pilot's License. I did all my training in a PA28-161 Piper Warrior and then once I passed my check ride I moved on to a Cessna 172L Skyhawk. I flew all around New England and logged landings in over 20 airports! Recently I've moved to Iowa and I'm now flying a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk.

Flying has transformed from a hobby to a passion and every time I go up in the air I find myself enjoying it more and more.

Over the past year myself (or my passengers) have taken quite a handful of pictures while out flying and I thought I would share some with ATS. Some of them are poor quality due to cell phone issues and I do apologize for that.

I bet a portion of you folks may find these boring but I'm hoping at least some of the aviation guys will appreciate them and understand my love of being in the air. I'll be adding more as I dig them up from memory cards, old phone, etc.

Thanks for looking!



Departing 7B2 for KOXC


Restaurant Parking at KOXC in Waterbury, CT


MA sunset


Hampshire County, Western MA


Snowy sunset in MA


Summer thunderstorm in MA (had to fly around it because our destination airport was directly below it!)


CT River in Western MA (Near 7B2 airport)


Quabbin Reservoir in MA


Taxiing for Takeoff, KBDL Bradley International


Block Island getting closer (you can see KBID airport in the center of island)


Block Island, RI


Sailboats in the Great Salt Pond at Block Island, RI


Downtown Hartford, CT


Panorama, flying into Martha's Vineyard, MA


Stopped for lunch at 6B6, Minute Man Airfield Stow MA


View from Nancys at 6B6 Minute Man Airfield Stow, MA


Mouth of CT River in Old Saybrook CT (we just departed KGON airport in Groton, CT)


KCEF and it's over 2 mile long runway


View from the restaurant at KBAF, Westfield MA


View from the air deck at KBAF, Westfield MA


Boats heading back in to The Hamptons in Long Island NY (this is over Montauk)


Tip of Cape Cod, KPVC can be seen along the sandy shore on the bottom


Panorama of Cape Cod


Final approach into KPVC, Provinetown MA (there was a strong left crosswind)


Eastern Iowa 1 (In between KIOW and KMUT)


Eastern Iowa 2 (In between KIOW and KMUT)


Iowa Sunet 1


Iowa Sunset 2


Short final into KIOW, Iowa City IA


172SP at KIOW


Me in Iowa


edit on 25-8-2016 by charolais because: typos




posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 04:57 PM
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I used to love flying the 172. It was such a fun little airplane, very forgiving. Thanks for sharing, and keep having fun.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:11 PM
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Glad to see you chasing a dream. Nice pics.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:15 PM
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a reply to: charolais

Thanks for sharing - great pics! Envious!



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:18 PM
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Superb! Love the photos.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:23 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
I used to love flying the 172. It was such a fun little airplane, very forgiving. Thanks for sharing, and keep having fun.


It's honestly hard to choose which I like more (the Warrior or 172), but I gotta say you can't beat the view from the 172. It's boring looking out the window at the top of the wing!



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:33 PM
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a reply to: charolais

Schweizer 2-22/23.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:34 PM
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Not boring at all for those with the passion. Thanks for sharing.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:39 PM
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a reply to: charolais


Nice pictures, thanks for sharing those



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:39 PM
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Awesome pics mate, and well done for chasing your passion.

I must say, i'd like to fly one day, but i guess i'll just keep jumping out of them for now



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:46 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: charolais

Schweizer 2-22/23.


That's on the bucket list. Instrument rating first though



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:47 PM
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originally posted by: scubagravy
Awesome pics mate, and well done for chasing your passion.

I must say, i'd like to fly one day, but i guess i'll just keep jumping out of them for now


I've actually never jumped out of one yet heh, maybe some day



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 05:50 PM
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Is the CT River picture (Western MA) of the Oxbow in Northampton??


I love the Quabbin shot; I've been there many times.
edit on 25-8-2016 by tweetie because: clarify



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 06:26 PM
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originally posted by: tweetie
a reply to: charolais

Is the CT River picture (Western MA) of the Oxbow in Northampton??


I love the Quabbin shot; I've been there many times.


Very close! But no, this picture is actually about a mile or two upstream on the Hadley/Northampton line. The bridge in the photo is The Coolidge Bridge - Rt 9.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 06:29 PM
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a reply to: charolais

We lived up in that neck of the woods many, many, many, many years ago. My brother is from Westover.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 06:29 PM
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originally posted by: tweetie
a reply to: charolais

Is the CT River picture (Western MA) of the Oxbow in Northampton??


I love the Quabbin shot; I've been there many times.


Here is another of Quabbin. It's a gorgeous area, I've been many times myself (hiking/fishing).




posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 06:30 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: charolais

We lived up in that neck of the woods many, many, many, many years ago. My brother is from Westover.


Wow small world. I grew up in the one the towns that abuts Westover. C-5s shook the house quite often.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 06:46 PM
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Summer fishing and winter eagle watching. :-)

I can't provide any proof but I was told there is an underwater base in Quabbin. (Tee hee!)

Also, I used to know someone whose family was moved out many decades ago when she was a child to make way for the flooding of the area to create the reservoir.

Thanks for the extra picture!



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 06:59 PM
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Those are some great pics, thank you for posting them. They reminded me of when I was a kid and used to fly with my Dad, he had a Beechcraft Sundowner. It was a ton of fun, especially when he'd let my fly. I sure miss those days and him, but great memories, there's nothing like flying.



posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 07:15 PM
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Awesome, good on you. Thanks.



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