Category Archives: Flying

The rate-four turn, and other aerial adventures

As a new pilot, I had to learn aircraft handling in many situations.  An early lesson was to do a well-coordinated turn, which meant learning to use the stick and rudder pedals together so that the plane would smoothly go … Continue reading

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A vacation, and flying lessons

After returning from three months in Bougainville I spent two weeks on office work and handed my magnetic traverse results over to the draftsmen for plotting.  Then I had to take some vacation time.   I had six weeks accumulated and … Continue reading

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Flying in Ely, Nevada, elevation 6500 feet

While exploring for minerals with Newmont near Ely, Nevada, I decided to take some flight training on my day off.  The training aircraft was a Cessna 150. Flying at Ely was different from flying at Danbury, Connecticut.  The Danbury airport … Continue reading

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First solo flight in an Aeronca Champ

While working for Newmont Exploration in Danbury, Connecticut, I began training to get  my pilot’s license.  The training plane was an Aeronca Champ. It had two tandem seats; the instructor sat in the front seat. One of the instructors was … Continue reading

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