New Year, New Blog Updates!

Well, 2016 is upon us! And good news... even years tend to be good luck for our family. So we're looking forward to that. ;) This year I'll do my best to put even more focus on the blog. The goal is to make this an "aviation lifestyle" blog. That means plenty more flying stories including photos and video, but also more posts about other items like aviation technology, the struggles and triumphs of owning an airplane and more. If it's about aviation and it's directly related to what we're experiencing, it'll be included.

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We’re Skipping Oshkosh 2015!

I know, I know... what kind of aviators are we? No Oshkosh/AirVenture? Well, as you know (if you're a regular reader), we have a new addition to the family. He's doing great, but introduces some new logistical items to the list for attending a large event like Oshkosh. That said, those can be overcome and we likely will in the future. But this year, we're interested in keeping things simple. Let me also say that Oshkosh is very much worth attending. This post has nothing to do with the quality of the event or our desire to attend. EAA does a great job and it's always on our radar as a "to-do" item for the year. But, this year we wanted a more simple experience. Low-key, easy-access and somewhat local. So, we're going to attend the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in!

The AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in (Blakesburg)

Oshkosh certainly has the reputation, but this smaller (but not small!) fly-in has its own following. Focused on the antique aircraft niche, this fly-in is billed as a quiet, friendly fly-in with all the ingredients for a great time. Awesome classic/antique aircraft, new friendships, good food and plenty of activities for families/aviation geeks make up the list of items the Antique Aircraft Association claims to provide. For us, this fits the bill perfectly. Antique Airfield (a beautiful grass airport) is about a two-hour drive from our home. We could fly, but we'd have to drive out of our way to get the airplane, only to fly back the opposite direction. Driving will give us the flexibility of travel in this scenario, but who knows... maybe we'll get the itch, anyway.

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If you'd like more information about this fly-in or the Antique Aircraft Association in general, check out their website at The association is built to support and celebrate classic/vintage aircraft, something we're obviously pretty fond of with our 1950 Piper Pacer. It should be fun to visit this airfield and get to know more about the event that so many call the "alternative to Oshkosh". Bonus? It's nearly right here in our backyard! To get a taste of the Blakesburg Fly-In, check out this video:

Baby Meets Airplane!

It's been a long winter. Any winter is tough on us pilots, but this past winter was even longer for us as our new son, Flynn, was born prematurely and we spent many weeks in the NICU. Fast-forward and here we are! Healthy baby and the promise of great flying weather for the spring and summer months. The other night, we decided it was time for Flynn to "meet" the airplane for the first time! The jury is still out on when we'll take him flying. There are many things to figure out with that idea, not the least of which is safety. That said, we'd love to take him flying as soon as it's practical. At any rate, we took Flynn to the airport and he was able to meet some of the airport friends as well as sit in the airplane. It was great to show him around and he seemed genuinely curious about the entire aviation world. Little does he know that that airplane will be his some day and flying will be a part of his life in more ways than he can imagine! Stay tuned for more adventures of babies and airplanes. [gallery ids="340,339,343,342,341"]

Baby Visits Big Airport!

I honestly don't remember the first time I visited an airport. Some of my first memories are of watching airplanes from the observation deck at the Cedar Rapids airport (now The Eastern Iowa Airport). I do recall aviation being a big part of my childhood, despite the fact that aviation wasn't a huge part of my family or anything. So, when we decided to go for a drive the other evening with Flynn, what better place to go than the airport?

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