Mike's Flying Page

Burning avgas - what a hoot!

Private Pilot

Flight Tracking

Long ago and far away, a friend of mine was building flying hours towards his commercial pilot certificate (pilot's license). One day he invited me to come along - I was hooked! Unfortunately, it was not possible at the time for me to pursue becoming a pilot. Instead I bought a series of boats and my family and I had many wonderful times on the water.

Years later my situation changed and I was able to get my pilot certificate. I started my ground school in January of 2006, my first flight was in February 2006.

It didn't take me long to realize that I wanted my own plane. It's nice to get to know a vehicle, learn all its idiosyncrasies. Once you become familiar with it you feel more comfortable, it is easier to tell when something just doesn't seem right. I purchased my Cessna 150 in February of 2007.

Once I purchased my aviation GPS I have been able to keep track of my flights. The map shows where I have flown since then. Unfortunately I have no record of flight paths before that time. I do, however, have pictures. So have a look at my flying pictures; I hope you enjoy them.

My first meeting with 5437Q - Isn't she a beauty?
I knew what I would name her the moment I met her.
I bought her and named her Li'l Red

Li'l Red

Pictures While Flying Li'l Red

Alas, all good things must come to an end. In August of 2018 I sold Li'l Red. We had a good run, over 11 years, and it was time to say goodbye.

Could this be the end of flying for Mike?
No Way!

Meet Rufus T. Firefly
(sorry Groucho!)

Rufus T. Firefly

Rufus is an Ultralight Vehicle, not a certified aircraft, and as such is flown under 14 CFR Part 103 - Ultralight Vehicles. Though I have a pilot's license, it is not required to fly an ultralight. However, anyone considering flying an ultralight should get training before attempting to fly.

Pictures with Rufus