Great day today despite the weather - I finally got some time to fly. I flew an airplane today I have never flown before, a Cessna 152 tailwheel version. Despite it's size and reputation this was a great little airplane and I really enjoyed flying it. The engine purred, the visibility sucked, the ceiling was low but I managed to get in a little more than an hour in the air.
Big deal, you say? Well, given the weather in Michigan lately - snow, below zero temps and terrible winds - it is sometimes tough to get into the air. The further North you live and fly, the harder it is. Cadillac can get 12-14 inches of snow a day, and the mounds of snow alongside the runway make you feel like you are in a bobsled run instead of at an airport!
In any case there is more interesting news than my taking a short flight. Captain Sullenberger was honored by being given a lifetime membership in the Seaplane Pilots Association.
Jon Brown, the SPA’s field director, offered Sullenberger a complimentary seaplane rating course at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in Winter Haven.
Incorporated in 1971, the SPA is an international nonprofit organization based in Lakeland. It aims to represent the interests of the seaplane community on federal, state and local levels and handles safety, education and environmental stewardship.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
— George Bernard Shaw