The Gone Flyin' table of contents is reproduced below, and titles which appear as links can be clicked to view the pictures which accompany the story. I have tried to include a paragraph or two to help you remember the story, and in many cases supplemental information has been included. The picture pages will never be complete, because I will contniue to add background information and pictures when appropriate.
Danielle September, 1994
The author solos his 16 year-old daughter.
On a Midsummer's Eve August, 1993
A flight on a fairy-tale perfect August evening.
A Change of Weather September, 1997
The author's wife consents to the purchase of an airplane while distracted by views of fall foliage.
Three Men and a Checkbook October, 1997
Three guys fly to an aircraft auction, and what do you think happens?
Phil's Wisdom January, 19984
In just half a decade, you can restore an old airplane for less than a hundred dollars a week.
Mystery Lady January, 1998
The more you learn about an old airplane, the more questions you have. That is why airplanes have female names.
Ben Franklin Fixes A Starter January, 1998
A few good mechanics are our last defense against the throw- away economy.
A Sensuous Visitor February, 1998
A cute and shiny airplane catches the author's eye, but his heart remains faithful.
Bits and Pieces April, 1998
A mind wanders while breaking in a new engine.
Talking to Ghosts May, 1998
Walking among warbirds on a dark and foggy ramp.
A Record of a Simpler Time June, 1998
Dad's logbook emerges from decades in the attic.
See 'Ya, Dave July, 1998
A student becomes a pilot, and the instructor bids a farewell.
The End of Romance? August, 1998
Will a long comfortable trip in a real airplane spoil me?
Tim September, 1998
Once a tongue-tied student, a brand-new pilot moves effortlessly through the system.
Let The Rock N' Roll Begin! September, 1998
The first winter cold front sweeps through the area.
A Change of Pace October, 1998
Playing second-fiddle, sitting to the right of a former student.
A Picture of Perfection November, 1998
Flying through a Norman Rockwell painting.
Theirs Not To Reason Why December, 1998
Night instruction for student pilots.
The Gift of Flight December, 1998
A few days before Christmas, a brand new Private Pilot.
The Quest March, 1999
Sometimes you have to work very hard to discover how simple your task really is.
Donuts for the Navigationally Dysfunctional April, 1999
GPS at its final frontier, guiding pilots from the FBO to the donut shop.
The J-3 Simulator May, 1999
An unconventional training aid helps a student make better landings.
Just a Can-Full of Gears June, 1999
The airspeed indicator cannot replace a "feel" for the airplane.
Be Careful What you Dream For September, 1999
...Six munce ago I cuddn't evn spel "captin"...
Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Pilots September 1999
After the business of aviation, a pleasure flight.
Bedtime Flight November, 1999
An hour's flight to nowhere as the earth below prepares for its winter slumber.
Balmy in Newark December, 1999
A grown man is captivated just watching airplanes land.
Our Debt to Romantic Fools January, 2000
Rosie opens her airport restaurant on a beautiful New Year's morning.
Among My Souvenirs January, 2000
Cruising in the dark of morning, listening to oldies on the ADF.
Ground Hog Day Comes Late February, 2000
The author sees his shadow and runs back below the clouds.
Opening Day March, 2000
An early March warm-spell hints the promise of the summer flying season.
Fire and ice March, 2000
A March mixture of snow and lightning gives way to a spectacular dawn.
Wilbur the Iron Man March, 2000
It takes a man with strong dedication to put 250 hours on an Aeronca every year.
A Trip to the Doctor's May, 2000
The author and his airplane both feel better after passing their annual inspections.
No Place Like Home May, 2000
After visiting two other airports, good conversation is found at the home field.
The Parade of Weather June, 2000
The weather changes from foul to fantastic as the morning sun breaks the horizon.
A Bad Day Fishin' is Better Than a Good Day at Work June, 2000
Obstacles are overcome on a pilgrimage to Lock Haven.
Fruits of Freedom July, 2000
A walk through a small town on the 4th of July.
Sailing November, 2000
It's not the greatest job in the world, but the view from the office is great.
Cozy November, 2000
The stars above, the lights below, and the voices on the radio are friendly companions at night.
A Decisive Victory November, 2000
An Election Day jaunt in a little plane scores a victory over the week's dull routine.
Too Much Stuff, Too Little Time December, 2000
Just another flight that was too beautiful to have witnessed alone.
A Surprise Visit January, 2001
A good cup of coffee is found five minutes after takeoff.
A Turn of the Tables January, 2001
Having the airplane on the ice is more enjoyable than having ice on the airplane.
Bad News From the Mockingbird March, 2001
A sullen mockingbird accurately predicts the worst month of our winter.
Barn Rats March, 2001
The quick brown rat skittered between the hooves of the lumbering bovines... oops... Boeings.
Wildlife April, 2001
Nature displays her creatures' adaptive ways.
Scratchin' the Itch April, 2001
The Commonwealth visits a few airports it once called home, and I enjoy the scenery along the way.
Rosie's Bird Feeder May, 2001
Some old birds fly south for the winter, and Rosie feeds the rest of us.
W1 X 1/4 F May, 2001
Early morning valley fog can be beautiful - if you keep an open mind.
Long Shadows July, 2001
An evening flight "on the clock" is almost as good as having fun.
Doug's Second Annual Fish Fly August, 2001
It was such a treat that we brought our wives!
Quality Time September, 2001
Taking the cure on a sparkling Sunday morning.
Spoiled Fruit October, 2001
The last fruit from the tree is usually a disappointment.
Bargain Flight November, 2001
A short flight to a previous "home airport" proves that you don't have to fly far to find contentment.
Lucky November, 2001
Do not read this story if you are annoyed by people who enjoy their work.
IFR at 500 feet November, 2001
Purple Mountains' Majesty December, 2001
A company-sponsored sightseeing tour of New York State.
Flightus interuptus January, 2002
A pleasure flight is frustrated by weather.
Thwarting the Rule of Dull , 2002
How to avoid having "too much fun" too often.
Contentment, the Key to Serendipity March, 2002
Often, the best things are found when you aren't looking.
Kumo ni Noritai July, 2002
Riding among spectacular clouds on a summer evening.
Old Men Drag Their Tails August, 2002
A lumpy summer day chafes the bond between a pilot and his airplane.
Forces of Nature December, 2002
The never-ending battle between mankind and critters.
A Christmas Sleigh Ride December, 2002
Just another kid, out playing with the clouds.
The Best-Laid Plans March, 2003
The cruel month of March grudgingly yields to persistence.
Renewal March, 2003
The first deep breath of Spring's sweetness.
A Time In-Between March, 2003
Winter is not quite gone, but the first summer cloud is sighted.
A Time for clouds April, 2003
Clouds are the seeds of our April showers, and stationary fronts have lots of them.
A Spectre of Infidelity April, 2003
For a moment, the chrome is shinier on the other side of the fence.
Miracle of flight May, 2003
Flight isn't much of a miracle anymore, but what about the stuff we carry with us?
Cheap Escape May, 2003
The world's problems are put on hold while I take a breakfast flight.
A Gift June, 2003
A forecast for a rainy day holds off long enough to make a quick breakfast flight.
Bob June, 2003
A pleasant flight, a quiet town, and a nice conversation.
Thousands June, 2003
Thousands of images flood my eyes on a trip along the St. Lawrence River.
Nothing New Under the Sun June, 2003
An impromptu trip through unfamiliar territory produces no new nuggets of wisdom.
Thanksgiving July, 2003
People far and wide pause on a perfect summer evening.
Places and Names and Places July, 2003
After two years of looking down at Syracuse, I enjoy a day of touring the city.
Oh Yes, I Had Breakfast Too December, 2003
I "discover" a delightful grass airport that had been waiting for me all my life.
Priceless May, 2001
... but lunch with old friends? priceless!