Yikes... time flies. And it seems that time flies more than I do.
It's somehow been 30 years since I sold my Super Decathlon (model 8KCAB s/n 540-79 N5041U). For about 10 years after that, I didn't fly at all. But now and then I get checked out in a rental plane at the Longmont airport. So far nothing major has fallen off of the rental planes, and it's fun to go flying now and then, but the cost has become prohibitive.
Over the past 35 years I've enjoyed a lot of hours of basic aerobatics, and mountain flying in Colorado. I certainly don't want to work hard enough to get into competition aerobatics again, and I'm probably getting too old to learn new tricks, so any flying I do now is just for the fun of it.
My fascination with flying airplanes all began a few days before Christmas in 1979, when someone knocked on my door, asking for donations for flying missionaries in Central and South America. As he described their challenging missionary flights in the mountains and in jungle clearings, it kindled a sudden whim in me to become a pilot. So I gave him a nice donation in return for the exciting idea, and the week after Christmas I began taking flying lessons. I received my Private Pilot Certificate a few months later.
I learned to fly in a Grumman Cheetah, a delightful airplane which handled like a sky-worthy sports car. Very light on the controls, very responsive and overall very sporty. After getting my Private Certificate, I took Mountain Flying courses in Boulder and in Glenwood Springs. Then I took an aerobatics course in Boulder, and got hooked on aerobatic flying.
Aerobatics was so much fun that I bought my own aerobatic plane. That was great fun!
Over the years I've rented a variety of aircraft, including Grumman Cheetah, Grumman Tiger, Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Pitts S1, Bellanca Citabria, Bellanca Super Decathlon, Great Lakes 2T-1A bi-plane and a fun little Taylorcraft F19.
One of the rental planes that I've used:
Over Boulder, Corona pass is 25 miles ahead:
Over Corona pass, at about 13,000 feet:
Mountains near Breckenridge: