I am a dual-citizen Aussie/American living near Sydney but hoping to one day live the dream in Tasmania, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, or maybe Sapphire Coast.  I decided last year at the age of 42 to learn to fly for 2 reasons:  I have been interested in aviation since after High School, when I served in the USAF for 4 years, but never had a chance to pursue it.  Secondly, I have always tried to pattern my life after the ideal of the Renaissance Man, learning as much as I can on a wide variety of subjects and experiencing as much as I can.

I am married to a wonderful woman who also likes to experience everything life has to offer, and has a great blog on some of our favourite cookbooks here.  I don’t know why she puts up with me, but I’m glad she does 🙂

My List

I borrowed this idea from Evan’s (1000feetagl.blogspot.com) blog, thought it was a cool idea to have a quick reference online to what’s been done and what’s left to come (without having to read through months worth of posts).  Also in no particular order:

  • Log 20 hours  Completed this today 10 Jan 2013!  20 hours is the minimum to achieve certification, where i’d be if I’d stayed on track with instructors.
  • Log 5 solo hours.  Completed 27 April 2013!
  • 1st solo  Completed this on 30 March 2013!
  • area solo  First Area Solo on 13 April 2013!
  • RAA certificate   Completed in July 2013!
  • Passenger endorsement  Completed December 2013!
  • Nav/XC endorsement  Solo requirement and XC test completed 09 November 2013!
  • fly with my wife   AND first passenger, completed January 27, 2014!
  • fly with my dad
  • fly with my mum (not sure she’d go for it though hah)
  • fly with my sis (even less sure about this one hah).  completed 7 June, 2014!!
  • tailwheel endorsement
  • instructor rating (?)
  • own plane
  • Convert RAAus certificate to PPL.  Completed Sept 1, 2014.
  • CAGIT Trophy  (RAAus “Come And Get It” Trophy)
  • CPL
  • $100 Hamburger
  • Fly coastal scenic route
  • Fly 12 Apostles
  • Fly across or around Australia
  • Gliding lesson
  • Aerobatic lesson
  • Weekend getaway with my wife, fly there and back and either camp or an aviation-friendly hotel

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Welcome to the world of aviation. Good luck to you as you learn how enjoyable it is to break the bonds of gravity. It has been a long while since I was in a light airplane but I still remember how exhilarating it was to turn the prop. I am jealous of your adventure and I hope you find it as wonderful as I have.

    If there is anything I can do to help you along with your journey, please ask.


    • Thanks very much Rob, it has definitely been exhilarating at every turn. Thanks for the offer of help! The aviation community at large has been very welcoming, and its a thrill and honour to belong! i know you said its been a long time, but I’d love to hear your recollections (and advice) about the first time you went solo. Cheers,


  2. Adam,

    I have been thinking about your question. I think the best way to describe going solo is like joining a club. The actual event for me was anti-climactic. I was ready, I knew I was ready and it was really a small event in my aviation career. My CFI was great at telling me his timeline. His goal was not to get me to solo but to turn me into a pilot. He did not focus on the solo and always said that it would happen when it happened. We did not focus on pattern work but on flying skills and area work. At the end of the flight we would beat up the pattern.

    One day after a few landings, we were on the downwind and he asked me if I was ready. I said yes and we did a full stop and he got out. He told me to do three patterns and then put the airplane up. I did and afterwards, everyone met me at the airplane. They cut my shirt off and it was nice. But it wasn’t the magic moment I imagined it would be. Later my CFI did make a point to tell me that I was a pilot from that point forward. I had proven that I could fly an airplane all alone and that his job from that point on was more of a mentor than a teacher. I had joined the club and in that respect it was a moment I would never forget.

    • Thank you for that Rob! So it sounds like a feeling like you have passed a rite of passage… joining the club… great way to look at it! Thanks for your wisdom and words of encouragement, stay tuned and hopefully I’ll join that club soon.

  3. Well done Adam… once it’s in your blood it is hard to shake it… but who wants to. I suggest your first trip away with your wife be to the Grampians… great little strip infront of your accommodation… very aviation friendly. Cheers Diana

  4. Thanks for the “Like” on my post named “Earth’s Music”. I agree with the comment above from Diana Jemson. Once it’s in your blood it’s hard to shake it. Due to health problems I don’t fly anymore but that period of time is one of the high points of my life. So keep on keeping on.

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