Saturday, February 04, 2012

Up & Down with Dad

Fly-boy
After the Photo Plus Expo trade show in New York last October, I decided to layover at my Dad's place in Ohio for a couple of days. While the trip was short, the memories of our take-off and landings in multiple aircraft still standout for me. 

As a life-long pilot, flying to Carl is as natural as driving a car for most of us; maybe more natural and safe given the level of training and concentrated practice he's had vs. the average distracted driver! 

Lancair IV-P parked at CMH
He picked me up at Lane Aviation at Columbus Int'l Airport in the Lancair, a high-performance home-built he completed some 15 years ago. We scooted straight down to Cambridge Municipal and directly after landing went up in a Zenith plane that his friend Bill Yahner built in his workshop.

Dad was in the process of "test flying" it so naturally hopping in a not-yet-certified aircraft was right in keeping with "how we roll." After landing again, he took off on a gas run to Yahner's airstrip which is literally cut out of the forest behind his house.

Over the next day or two, he would introduce me to a deadstick landing on a grass airstrip in his 1946 Aeronca Champ as well as another trip up to Columbus to drop me off for my flight back to San Diego.

Without further ado, here are videos of each take-off and landing of import.  Thanks for the fun and thrills on a short trip, Dad!

Carl La Rue: Pilot
LANCAIR IV-P: CAMBRIDGE LANDING


ZENITH: CAMBRIDGE TAKE-OFF


ZENITH: YAHNER FARM LANDING


ZENITH: YAHNER FARM TAKE-OFF & FLY-BY


AERONCA: DEAD-STICK LANDING


LANCAIR: CAMBRIDGE TAKE-OFF


LANCAIR: COLUMBUS LANDING

1 comment:

Jody said...

It's always an adventure with Dad. Great videos Kev.