Flying

Sea of clouds, Mission Mountains, Montana (c) Daryl Greaser

Sea of clouds, Mission Mountains, Montana (c) Daryl Greaser

Probably the most amazing thing I’ve done in my life is learn how to fly airplanes. I received my private pilot’s certificate in October 2001 at Minuteman Aviation in Missoula, Montana. Art Dykstra was my instructor. I completed the Cessna Pilot Center / King Schools curriculum. The training was excellent. I cannot understate the value of programmatic training. It works!

Self-portrait while flying to Hot Springs, copyright Daryl Greaser

Below are some memorable flights I’ve taken over the years. I love flying! For more Flying posts, Click “Flying” in the Category list on the sidebar!

Captain D's Memorable Flight Log
Date Aircraft Airport Flight Name Passengers
3/22/2014 Cessna 182 MSO Bitterroot Flight Katt Mike and Chad
2/3/2013 Cessna 172S MSO Hot Springs (for real) Katt
10/2/2012 Cessna 172S MSO Hot Springs (almost) Katt
6/25/2011 Cessna 172 Floatplane 0W0 Flying a Floatplane off Lake Union Katt
5/1/2011 Cessna 150 AST Pacific coast flight Katt
9/5/2009 Cessna 172SP AST to GPI Glacier National Park tour Katt
5/16/2008 Cessna 150 AST to MSO Oregon to Montana solo
11/12/2007 Cessna 172 HNL Oahu Hawaii solo
5/4/2005 Piper Super Cub MSO to 1U1 Moose Creek Idaho Art
12/17/2004 Cessna 182 Turbo APA to LXV Leadville CO Highest airport in North America .
8/3/2002 Cessna 172R 5S0 to EUG Flying my Mom Mom
8/2/2002 Cessna 172R MSO to 5S0 Montana to Eugene Oregon Mike
11/5/2001 Piper Warrior II JEF to COU Flying my Dad Dad Kevin Mike Monica Lee

I flew this Cessna 172 on floats off Lake Union in Seattle. Katt looks great on floats!

Stats:
Certified Airplane Single-Engine Land
High Performance Endorsement
Complex Airplane Endorsement (retractable gear)
Approximately 375 hours total, soloed at a “lucky” 13 hours

Airplanes:
Cessna 152
Cessna 150
Cessna 172, (M,R,SP,R/G,floats)
Cessna 182, (standard, Turbo, and Turbo R/G models)
Piper Cherokee Warrior (Jefferson City, MO)
Piper Super Cub

Airports I’ve flown to: (this is a long list that will take me awhile to complete!)

Hawaii
Barber’s Point – Kalaeloa Airport
Honolulu International

Idaho
Moose Creek (Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness) (grass)
Salmon

Missouri
Columbia (COU)
Hermann
Jefferson City (JEF)
Osage Beach

Montana
Anaconda
Benchmark
Boulder (uphill gravel)
Butte
Clinton (grass)
Deer Lodge
Florence
Hamilton
Helena
Hot Springs
Kalispell – City
Kalispell – Glacier Park International (GPI)(also FCA)
Lincoln
Missoula (MSO)
Philipsburg
Plains
Polson
Ronan
Seeley Lake (grass)
St. Ignatius
Superior
Thompson Falls
Townsend – Canyon Ferry (gravel)

Oregon
Astoria (AST)
Eugene (EUG)
Florence
Pendelton
Portland- Troutdale (TTD)
Portland – Hillsboro
Seaside
Tillamook
Oakridge

Washington
Ilwaco
Longview
Pasco – Tri Cities Airport
Seattle – Lake Union Seaplane Base
South Bend – Willapa Harbor Airport
The Dalles (airport is in Washington)
Walla Walla

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