|Flying has always been a part of my life. During my childhood, the |
weekends could never come quick enough. My cousin and I would ride in the
rear seat of my father & uncle's airplane, a 1946 Fairchild 24R. We
would never fly too far, but the airports we visited were always quite
memorable with much camaraderie between the various pilots we met.
I remember one special weekend day when we flew into Sky Manor
airport in Pittstown, NJ. There were many aircraft present and previous
arrangements were made for them to perform a "fly-over" of the Solberg
Balloon Festival in Readington, NJ. Soon, my father and uncle were asked
to join the parade of aircraft. This was my first time seeing the
festival, though from the air, and what a sight it was. We flew one low
pass over the event then all headed our separate ways.
After I graduated from college I began my flight training at Lincoln Park
Aviation, located at Lincoln Park airport in New Jersey. I first took
classes and studied for the "ground" portion of my training. Next, I began
my actual flight training at the controls of a Piper Cherokee. After
roughly 6 hours, I soloed in that aircraft. I then graduated to
larger and more complex aircraft; the Piper Warrior and finally the
Piper Archer. My final flight test was with an FAA flight examiner from
Robert J. Miller Airpark in Toms River, NJ. She flew to Lincoln Park and
we boarded the Piper Archer. After a 1 hour flight, I was back in the
office as she signed my logbook stating that I was now a Private Pilot.
What a special feeling that was !!!