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Aviation Rekindled

My interest in aviation began when I was stationed at MacDill Air Force base in 1970. My private pilot license was issued 1/15/1971, a mere forty years ago. A commerical license followed in 1976 and then an instrument rating in 1977. After moving to Connecticut in 1981, the flying days were over. The topic of […]

Brazilian Adventure – Summary

I did not really have to go to Brazil for the delivery of the Embraer Phenom 100 — JetQuik demonstrated that they could have done it very professionally on their own — but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. No doubt about it, this was an educational experience. Although a somewhat experienced pilot […]

Brazilian Adventure – Day 10

On the morning of Day 10 the three member crew — Captain Bill, Flight Engineer Mark, and assistant navigator John — departed Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airporton the last leg of our 5,000 mile journey and climbed to 41,000 feet in about a half hour. From that point, we were able to fly non-stop […]

Brazilian Adventure – Day 9

A lot of flying would take place on this day, starting out from Belem, which we were all happy to leave and heading northwest along the coast of Brazil to our first stop which was at Georgetown, Guyana. We passed over the country of Suriname on the way.  Suriname is the only Dutch-speaking region in […]

Brazilian Adventure – Day 8

It was good to check out of the Caesar Business hotel for the second, and hopefully, last time. Our luck did indeed turn the corner. All the squawks were cleared. The tail number had been transformed (see photos) and was ready to be inspected for airworthiness. The gentlemen from ANAC arrived on time and completed their […]