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 cam
araderie between the various pilots we met.

I remember one special weekend day when we flew into Sky Manor
airport in P
ittstown, 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 !!!
My excitement with shooting pictures from the air began when I first
obtained my private pilot license.  I remember the exact flight that
opened up an entire new world of photography for me.  I flew east toward
New York City, then south along the Hudson river, shooting pictures of the
Manhattan skyline and World Trade Center towers.  This brought me
around the Statue of Liberty, over the Verrazano Narrows bridge and on a
tour of central New Jersey.  I remember having the pictures developed
immediately upon returning home, then gawking over them a few days
later, trying to pick out every detail that I could.

When I first began shooting aerial
s it was with a Kodak 35mm Disposable,
and these pictures weren't half bad.  My next film camera was an
Olympus 35mm and I took many hundreds of photos with this one.  
Eventually, the hard copy photos became a nightmare to organize and too
expensive.  After some convincing by a former colleague, I
took a leap of
faith into t
he digital age and purchased a point-and-shoot Canon S110.

I then upgraded to another point-and-shoot camera, the
Canon S2, with a
12X Optical Zoom lens and 5.1 Mega Pixel resolution.  My final and current
point-and-shoot camera is the
Canon SX20 with a 20X Optical Zoom lens
and 12.1 Mega Pixel resolution. With this greater level of performance I
am better able to capture the detail & beauty of the
many more
aerial photos I plan on shooting.
Canon S2
5.1 MP & 12X Optical Zoom
Canon S110 Digital ELPH
2.1 MP & 2X Optical Zoom
Kodak 35mm Film
Olympus 35mm Film
3X Optical Zoom
Canon SX20
12 MP & 20X Optical Zoom