“Disco” flights for Payton and Alex

20180808 This morning I bolted awake with a frightening thought: In just a few hours my grandsons Payton and Alex will be at the airport looking forward to their first flying lesson. And they’re expecting me to be their instructor. Gulp. Yes, I’ve been flying for more than fifty years. Yes, I’ve logged five thousandContinue reading ““Disco” flights for Payton and Alex”

Aviation statistics – the beginning for a pilot

190601 Nearly sixty years ago I realized that simply because I was pretty good at math and science . . .  and my father and grandfather were engineers . . . and engineering was the gold ticket for young men (and a few very independent women) . . . didn’t mean I had to beContinue reading “Aviation statistics – the beginning for a pilot”

Another rite of passage – the pilot retires his flight bag

May 21, 2019 It’s really true, GrandpaLyle’s Ark will launch from NW Arkansas again in July. Headed north for a couple days in the Chicago area, then on from there to somewhere. The Ark was sidelined recently so I could take a stab at being young again. Let me explain. About two years ago aContinue reading “Another rite of passage – the pilot retires his flight bag”

Oshkosh – The world’s busiest airport – part 2

Originally posted May 6, 2016 More than a year ago I posted part one of this story with the promise of “more to come.” But I never finished. Just a week ago Bill, my partner in the adventure, shared his version. He tells it better than I ever could. Thanks, Bill. Not only for theContinue reading “Oshkosh – The world’s busiest airport – part 2”

Oshkosh – The world’s busiest airport

Originally published February 11, 2015 While tooling down the road in GrandpaLyle’s Ark, I thought of Bill Reyer, a dear friend who lives in New York, and how much I thought he would enjoy being on the road like I was. It wasn’t long after that that we talked and I shared these thoughts withContinue reading “Oshkosh – The world’s busiest airport”

Situational awareness

Originally posted to ontheroadagainagain.com on October 22, 2014 A dear friend and operator of a top quality flight school posed this question in a lesson. Although he was teaching aspiring pilots, the lesson applies to a host of life situations: “You are driving down a four-lane highway. There are high curbs on either side ofContinue reading “Situational awareness”