Actor Pilot Harrison Ford
While many of us putter around the sky in a Piper Cub, those with greater means fly higher and farther than we ever will in our own private airplanes.
But that's O.K.
During my career I have had the opportunity to fly jets, and I must say that they are not nearly as interesting or fun to fly as the DC-3 I flew for a few years.
The DC-3s were never hangared, so in the winter it was out there early to sweep off the snow and deice the aircraft as best we could. Pull the props through a few times, heat up the oil with an engine heater blanket, and a few hours later you were ready to start those radials.
And the sound of those great engines still rings in my ears. But I digress.
Harrison Ford has taken flying the way it should be taken, in baby steps.
Starting with a Cessna Caravan and remaining a Cessna fan he now flies a Citation 680 Soverign.
But not as a single-piot aircraft.
Nope, instead Harrison employs a full-time 20,000 hour experienced pilot to ride shotgun.
Wealth carries its benefits, but common sense - as my wife reminds me all the time - is not so common.
But Ford certainly has his priorities right about aviating.
Let's hope he continues his safe flying habits and doesn't bring a black eye to our passion.
While Mr. Ford has had a few incidents (haven't we all) he has only had one serious accident.
On March 5th, 2015 Ford lost engine power in his Ryan ST3KR Recruit aircraft and, uable to return to the Santa Monica airport, put the aircraft down on a nearby golf course:
This just to show us that no matter how careful we are things can go wrong.
Experience counts which is why he was not injured.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
The three worst things to hear in the cockpit:
The second officer says, "Oh shit!"
The first officer says, "I have an idea!"
The captain says, "Hey, watch this!" — anon.