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Pilots N Paws rescue flight

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Steve DiLullo
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#1 Posted: 2/22/2011 09:40:56

A friend of mine (who's a pilot) has flown rescue missions for Pilots N Paws a couple times now. He asked me to ride along earlier this month on one leg of a rescue flight - from Wapakoneta, OH (AXV) to Morgantown, WV (MGW).

 

Here's some video of our adventures:


 

 

 

 

If you'd like to see more photos or read more, there's a post on my blog:

http://amileofrunway.blogspot.com/2011/02/riding-along-on-pilots-n-paws-rescue.html 

 

Article from the Wapakoneta newspaper that appeared over the weekend:

http://www.wapakdailynews.com/content/view/300457/ 

 

 

I've known about Pilots N Paws for a while myself but haven't yet had a chance to fly for them. The mission was a lot of fun and definitely made a run-of-the-mill $100 hamburger trip a whole lot better. Seeing and hearing from the happy family at the end was awesome.

Have any of you flown for PnP before? Anyone else thinking of starting to do so?



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Jerry Rosie
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#2 Posted: 2/22/2011 10:14:06

Nice pics.  And a well behaved dog!  Did you ever consider a dog crate for transport?



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Steve DiLullo
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#3 Posted: 2/24/2011 12:34:06
Jerry Rosie wrote:

 

Nice pics.  And a well behaved dog!  Did you ever consider a dog crate for transport?

 

Thanks! It was my friend doing the flying so his call there, but (though you may not have been able to see it in the photos) we did have her collar harnessed into the rear seatbelts. It allowed a little more movement than expected, but she couldn't get into the front - sticking her head in between the front seats is as far forward as she could make it.

 

 



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Brent Bunch
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#4 Posted: 2/24/2011 22:02:27

I haven't flown for PNP yet but they did ask me last year to fly a dog from here in Georgia to Montana. I had to tell them no, a little too far for a donation. I did fly hundreds of sled dogs while I live in Alaska. I would fly for the Ididarod Dog Sled Race (Anchorage to Nome1149 mi)  All of the dogs were well behaved. We never crated any of them but they were use to flying in small planes. If they ever got a little out of hand, all I would do is shake the plane and they would settle down.

   Your right..It does make a $100 hamburger more rewarding.  I would fly for PNP no problem...

Brent



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#5 Posted: 3/14/2011 14:13:59

I'm a spankin' new member of EAA, and I have flown about 10 dog rescue flights.  They are very rewarding.
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Jerry Rosie
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#6 Posted: 3/15/2011 16:02:43

Good Oh, Gene!  And an hearty welcome to EAA....



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#7 Posted: 3/21/2011 14:08:45

I've flown 14 dogs for PnP.  I did my first flight back in August 2010.  I find it to be a very rewarding experience and a better excuse to fly than to go get that $100 hamburger.  Here's a pic of a border collie mix I flew recently.  Larger dog crates won't fit into my 172 without removing the backseat, which requires paperwork.  I typically run a seat belt through their harness (if they have one) or use a seat belt strap that engages in the seat belt buckle and attaches to their collar.  I use the quilt pictured to protect the seat.  I've also flown dogs in the cargo area and restrain them using straps attached to the rear seat belt attach points.

 


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Jerry Rosie
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#8 Posted: 3/21/2011 16:53:43

Now that looks like a typical Border Collie - pure devil, unless properly trained....

 



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Janet Davidson
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#9 Posted: 3/22/2011 07:21:10

Gene,

 

I hope you did a careful weight & balance calculation with that extra large passenger on board! 
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Timothy O'Connor
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#10 Posted: 3/22/2011 15:46:37

My wife and I would love to fly PnP flights but our aircraft are not suited for it.


Great thread! Thank you for posting!



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Steve DiLullo
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#11 Posted: 3/22/2011 22:01:17
Timothy O'Connor wrote:

 

My wife and I would love to fly PnP flights but our aircraft are not suited for it.


Great thread! Thank you for posting!

 

Thanks, Tim.

I believe we've met (or seen each other across the room) at an EAA 284 gathering at 40I in the past year!



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