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Aviation New Year's resolutions

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Adam Smith
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 12/30/2009 08:49:08

Planning a new certificate or rating in 2010?  Ready to start building that dream plane? Or how about a special flying adventure? 

Post your aviation resolutions here and we'll check back in a year's time.

I will be trying to fly more hours in 2010 than I did in 2009... to make meaningful progress on my Sopwith Pup replica... to fly a DH Tiger Moth for the first time... to fly in a DC-3 for the first time... and to attempt to skywrite.  

Brady Lane
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 12/30/2009 12:06:11

- Fly my first Young Eagle.

- Fly to my first pancake breakfast.

- Camp at AirVenture this summer.  Anybody have an extra wing I can pitch my tent under for a couple nights?

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Kelly Nelson
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#3 Posted: 12/30/2009 16:05:54

Oh Brady, come camp with us in Camp Scholler!

I've set a resolution to participate in the Air Race Classic in 2011, so it should follow that my 2010 resolution is to fly more and hone my cross country/navigation skills! Another 50 hours in the logbook would make me a very happy (and poor) girl! Maybe 25 hours would be a more realistic target...

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Heather Gollnow
AirVenture Volunteer
#4 Posted: 12/30/2009 19:09:40

I have only 1 student right now, so my goal to over-prepare her for her checkride and to become a safe pilot.

I'd like to pick up 1 or 2 more students, but no more than that.

Still contemplating the seaplane rating.  Have a few trips planned so that may have to wait til 2011.

Renew my CFI.

CAMP at AirVenture this year.  I am in a wedding the weekend of Airventure so I'm not 100% sure I can swing it, but I'm sure gonna try! I don't care if it's even just 1 night!

The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul. ~Walter Raleigh
Brett Grooms
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#5 Posted: 12/30/2009 22:32:20

Fly my first of many Young Eagles and fly a few pets to better homes etc...via Pilots N Paws organization.

Pierre D'Entremont
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#6 Posted: 12/31/2009 19:19:33

#1.Blow a big wish kiss to the New Years First Blue Moon.

#2.Get Adam a right seat ride in the Save a Connie's DC-3 that miraculously gets finished and makes it to Oshkosh ...and have a Kansas City Blues and Jazz BBQ Jam session dance ...

#3.At least smoke a few slabs of ribs for the gathering at the campsite at Scholler . Your invited ...

#4.Be able and ready to buy all the panel devices for Little Buck ( My BD-5 Project - Nicknamed after Buck ONeal)

#5.Meet Jet Man and see him fly from my plane...in formation with my buddy Maurice in his BD-5...for our reality show...(where'd that balloon come from???)..

#6.Get to fly with Hillary Swank...down to New Orleans to go visit friends and hook up with Angela and Brad...no big deal.

#7.Get to meet Lesley and tell her personally thanks for all her help for the add...it really meant a lot just knowing that it went through her...like Paul says " We are all family"  ... even if I am a stepchild...

Happy New Year to you all ...May your best dreams and wishes come true...and may this year exceed all our expectations...with purpose and meaning...   

And dear Lord...let my Gilligan's Island movie script get picked up and I get paid and get an Academy Reward ...Amen

Tooky or Pierre
David Gray
IAC MemberHomebuilder or CraftsmanUltralight EnthusiastAirVenture Volunteer
#7 Posted: 1/3/2010 23:31:47

#1 Tailwheel endorsement

#2 Become a Young Eagles Pilot

#3 Fly to Oshkosh

Bob Meder
NAFI MemberAirVenture Volunteer
#8 Posted: 1/4/2010 11:59:50

#1 Continue to promote safety and professionalism in aviation.

#2 Continue to make new friends and re-new the friendships I've made through aviation.

#3  Learn to fly - as a CFII with ASEL and AMEL privileges and about 3700 hours, the more I'm in an airplane, the more I know that I have a lot to learn.

#4 Work to advance General Aviation.  Young Eagles is nice, but we need to do more to get pilot starts and retention.

#5 ATP (no, I'm not going to work for the airlines - see number 1 above).

#6 Write more articles.

#7 Sit down and start that book.

#8 Fly to Oshkosh

#8a Keep the people who's house we rent at OSH happy (OK - I've camped at OSH - a lot.  My old back and being a volunteer demand that I have access to a real bed and better laundry facilities wink).

#8b Rent a car a lot earlier this year!

Bob Meder "Anxiety is nature's way of telling you that you already goofed up."
Erin Kotlarczyk
#9 Posted: 1/4/2010 19:29:28


I have many goals this year but this will give me a head start towards my dream Career.

1) Complete ground training

2) Take flight lessons

3) Get my private pilots license

4) Attend WAI Conference

5) Go to Oshkosh


Steven Schofield
#10 Posted: 1/5/2010 16:08:19

Here is my list for 2010..... I've enjoyed reading the other posts on this!


- fly at least 100 hours

- start my Instrument rating

- get involved with the young eagles program

- get a ride in a Vari-eze / Long-eze to see if it's something I really want to build / fly.

Andrew Ovans
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#11 Posted: 1/5/2010 20:30:41

I would love to fly 75 young eagles this year, but I will settle for 50. (25 in 09)

See more of this great country and experience new kinds of flying....to get me out of the mid-west

More actual IFR time

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Barry Elk
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#12 Posted: 1/12/2010 15:49:08 Modified: 1/12/2010 15:50:21

#1 - Have an "infinite" increase in flight time logged (that should be easy since my logbook shows a big fat goose egg for hours in 2009)

#2 - Finish my tailwheel endorsement with Steve Krog down at Hartford ( hey boss - does that note in the Christmas card include a "sunny spring afternoons" hooky pass!)

#3 - Log ANY amount of flight time in the Oshkosh Aircraft Builders Club tri-gear Sonex. (that will require that it actually be finished and found airworthy!)


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Joe Norris
Vintage Aircraft Association MemberYoung Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or CraftsmanAirVenture Volunteer
#13 Posted: 1/12/2010 15:57:17

For the third year in a row my resolution is to (finally) get my multi-engine rating.  Maybe this year I'll actually do it!



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