Is it that time of the year already? Like every other pilot I wish I flew more than I did but I had a great year overall. My non-flying adventures certainly added up to a year well lived. It seemed like this year the planes were down for extended periods throughout the year. Throw in some lousy northeast weather and the weekends quickly drifted away. I am happy that I did get to take two great day long trips with my girlfriend. There weren’t as many firsts as 2012 but I did get to take my older sister up for the first time. It was just a lap around the pattern but something I have been wanting to do for some time.
- I flew 28 hours. Down 10 hours from 2012.
- Took my older sister up for the first time
- Visited Ocean City, Maryland
- Finally went to Block Island, Rhode Island
I already know there will be at least one first for 2014. This Christmas my girlfriend conspired with my parents to surprise me with a gift that is a major bucket list item for any aviator. I will be flying a P-51 Mustang! Exact time and place are still to be determined but you can bet I will be blogging about it. To say I was surprised with this gift is an understatement. It’s something I never thought I would do until I was in my 50’s and was lucky enough to have money burning a hole in my pocket. Let’s just say she is a definitely a keeper and I have the best parents a guy could ask for.
2014 is looking very promising!