Flight from Wanaka around Mount Aspiring

April 25, 2011

On the way from Franz Josef glacier to Queenstown, we stopped at the Wanaka airport. I flew a Piper PA-28 Cherokee up and around beautiful Mount Aspiring under the watchful instruction of Peter Hendriks at Wanaka Flight Training.

Flying around Florida, Bristow Academy

February 7, 2011

Schweizer 300CBi (N20826) during Flight Training at Bristow Academy in Titusville Florida.

Air to Air – SparrowHawk Gyroplane flying around the airport

December 19, 2010

Flight training in gyrocopters is super fun. The flight time counts as rotorcraft time, and is a great way to have some fun and get some rotorcraft hours for way less than flying helicopters.

Scenes around Flagstaff

November 20, 2010

Family trip to NAU and surrounding areas.

Flying Around the CN Tower in Toronto in a Cessna 172

November 6, 2010

This is me flying a C-172 from Brampton airport to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for downtown sight seeing around the CN Tower. The video was made and edited by my good friend Kasper Piatkowski. Made in the summer of 2003. From www.cntower.ca Astounding Celebrating the History of Canadas Architectural, Engineering and Construction Wonder Defining the Toronto skyline, the CN Tower is Canadas most recognizable and celebrated icon. At a height of 553.33m (1815 ft., 5 inches), it is the Worlds Tallest Building, a Wonder of the Modern World, an important telecommunications hub, the centre of tourism in Toronto and a first class dining and event centre. Each year, approximately 2 million people visit the Canadas Wonder of the World to take in the breathtaking view and enjoy all of the attractions the CN Tower has to offer. After 40 months of construction, the CN Tower was opened to the public on June 26, 1976 and it was well on its way to becoming the countrys most celebrated landmark. It is the centre of telecommunications for Toronto serving 16 Canadian television and FM radio stations, the workplace of 550 people throughout the year, and one of Torontos premier entertainment destinations. Although the CN Tower inspires a sense of pride and inspiration for Canadians and a sense of awe for foreign tourists, its origins are rooted in practicality. The 1960s ushered in an unprecedented construction boom in Toronto transforming a skyline characterized by relatively low buildings into

1982 RAM IV Cessna 414AW – Once Around the Pattern

July 24, 2010

Complete circuit flown by a 15 year-old flight student. 1982 RAM IV Cessna 414AW

Flying around Fort Myers Florida in Cessna 172 G1000 Paragon

July 20, 2010

Flying around Fort Myers Florida, from Page Field Airport. Paragone Flight Training. ICAO: KFMY

Day Trips Around Phoenix

June 22, 2010

There are many ways to save money in a trying economy. Many families are choosing to take smaller trips that are much closer to home. This is a great way to explore the area where you live and spend some quality time together with your loved ones. Saving money is especially important during times of economic crisis or hardship. Traveling close to home can be rewarding. It is easy to forget about the special things that lie within driving distance. Even if you do not live in Phoenix but are visiting the area, you will be pleased to discover the many fantastic sites to see in and around this lovely city. 

One amazing destination just two hundred miles north of the city is the Grand Canyon. This is one of those famous locations that everyone has heard of, even if you have never been there. Getting to the Grand Canyon is just as fun as the time you will spend there. As there are two different ways that can be taken to reach it, you can choose to take a train with the family from the Grand Canyon Railways which is south of I-40. Take exit 163. If you take the other route by the smaller city of Tusayan, this is where the Grand Canyon IMAX theater is located. Either way you go, it is fun for everyone. 

If you have children then they will certainly enjoy a visit to the Sunset Crater and Meteor Crater. Sunset Crater was created due to volcanic activity. There are organized tours that one can participate in to check it out. It can be found on Route 66, which is very well known to most North Americans. Take a ride down this infamous road to experience something new. The Meteor Crater is something entirely different and is located east of Flagstaff. It is believed to be the location where a meteor once hit the earth. Sign up for a tour here if it is something that intrigues you. 

Montezuma Castle is a wonderful place to visit and it is not all that far from Phoenix. It can be found nestled in the Verde Valley and it is open for tours every day of the year. This fascinating five story structure is said to have been inhabited by the Sinagua Indians in the 12th century. It is a national monument and definitely worth bringing your camera along for. If you continue on north from here, you will reach the well known and loved city of Sedona. It is known for being home to some of the most gorgeous landscape in the region. 

The Pima Air and Space Museum is perfect for museum lovers. There are more than 250 aircrafts on display in this museum. It has been in operation since the year 1976. The museum is located about 110 miles south of Phoenix. It is actually not far from Tuscon. There are so many places to visit around Phoenix. Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, there is something that everyone will enjoy.

Golf Around Bullhead City

June 18, 2010

www.tourfactory.com For more information, contact: John R Hastings 928 210-0105 Bullhead Laughlin Realty

Boot Camp for New Dads Offer Tips for Keeping Your Baby Safe around the Holidays

June 7, 2010




 One of the most important concepts they teach new dads is how to provide a safe environment and keep the baby safe.  The holidays are busy and it’s more challenging than ever to keep the baby away from choking hazards and other dangers.


Greg Bishop, founder of Boot Camp for New Dads and author of two fatherhood books, shares tips from his second book, Crash Course for New Dads – Tools, Checklists and Cheat-Sheets for keeping your baby safe around the holidays:


Toxins.   Sprucing up the house before the holidays?  Giving yourself a manicure before heading out to that holiday party?  Paints and lacquers, even nail polish and remover should not be used in the vicinity of your baby.  A newborn’s immune system is not fully developed, and these substances can be harmful even in small doses.


Smoking.  Though you and your spouse may not smoke, visiting relatives may not have a problem with lighting up around your baby.  Unlike you, your baby can’t move out of harm’s way.  Ask visiting smokers to take it outside or to the garage, far away from your baby’s lungs.


Pockets.  It’s always merry with a houseful of family and friends at the holidays.  But, with so many people moving around; sitting down and standing up – be aware that things can fall out of your guests’ pockets without anyone noticing.  You’re may grab hold of a small item and have it in her mouth before you know it.  Even swallowing a single penny might require your baby to go through surgery.  Stay aware and don’t be afraid to ask your guests to empty their pockets before holding your baby.


Salt and Honey.  Though you know the rules about not feeding salt and honey to your baby; family and friends may not.  Although you can’t keep sodium out of your baby’s food, excess salt is detrimental to his kidneys and blood pressure.  And, up until your baby turns one year old, babies should NEVER be fed honey.  Honey can cause infant botulism, which could lead to death.  Be sure that well-meaning relatives who may not be aware of the rules don’t allow your baby to sample even a bite of holiday cuisine without checking with you first. 


Decorations.  Holiday decorations are a feast for the eyes.  Unfortunately, they are also a choking hazard to babies and toddlers who may find small pieces and put them in their mouths.  When decorating your home, use the “slide-and-hide” technique.  Take a toilet-paper tube and use it as a measuring device.  If an object can slide down the tube, it can also slide down your baby’s breathing passage.  Put those decorations that don’t pass this test away until your baby is much older.  And, of course keep a watchful eye on your baby when visiting relatives or friends with older children who may have decorations and small toys around their home.


About the Boot Camp for New Dads Program

Boot Camp for New Dads has worked with more than 200,000 new dads at their workshops held over the past 19 years.  After attending a Boot Camp for New Dads “hands on” educational workshop, dads-to-be are better equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of fatherhood.  Men attend the class when they are expecting their first baby, and are joined in the workshop by “veterans” who had previously attended and have returned with their two to four-month-old baby in tow.  They are able to give the dads-to-be a realistic idea of what to do and what to expect when their first baby comes.  For many men attending, it’s their first time holding a baby.


Boot Camp for New Dads        

Now celebrating their 19th year, Boot Camp for New Dads is nationally acclaimed as the “Best Practice” for preparing men to be fathers and has been named a U.S. Navy Model Program.  Boot Camp for New Dads has prepared more than 200,000 men for fatherhood over the years. 


With more than 4.1 million births (National Center for Health Statistics), and approximately 1.5 million men becoming new dads every year, it’s more important than ever for fathers to realize that being a “good provider” is only part of the very central role they have in their children’s lives. 


For more information about Boot Camp for New Dads, visit www.bcnd.org.  To arrange an interview with Greg Bishop, please contact sdubin@prworkzone.com, (781) 582-1061.


National and International Locations

Boot Camp For New Dads locations include ALASKA (Anchorage); ARIZONA (Chandler, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City); ARKANSAS (Jonesboro, Paragould, Springdale); CALIFORNIA (Apple Valley, Bakersfield, , Fresno, Garden Grove, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Madera, Merced, Mission Hills, , Oakland, Orange, Pomona, Port Hueneme, San Diego, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, , S. Lake Tahoe, Travis, Valley Springs); COLORADO (Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Fort Carson, Greeley, Longmont, Thornton, Wheat Ridge); CONNECTICUT (Bristol, Danbury, New London); FLORIDA (Brandon, Clearwater, Hollywood, Jacksonville, North Palm Beach, Orlando, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, Tampa); GEORGIA (Atlanta, Elberton, Gainesville, Marietta, Savannah); HAWAII (Pearl Harbor, Schofield); ILLINOIS (Aurora, Carbondale, Champaign, Chicago, East St. Louis, Evanston, Freeport, Geneva, Great Lakes, Highland Park, Libertyville, Moline, Oak Park, Rockford, Springfield, Urbana, Winfield); INDIANA (Anderson, Bluffton, Hammond, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Kokomo); IOWA (Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Jefferson, Sioux City); KANSAS (Junction City, Topeka); KENTUCKY (Paducah); LOUISIANA (Covington); MAINE (Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Ellsworth, Waterville); MARYLAND (Annapolis) MASSACHUSETTS (Beverly, Ipswich, Lowell, Nantucket, Plymouth, Weymouth, Springfield); MICHIGAN (, Ann Arbor, Bay City, Centreville, Iron Mountain, Ithaca, Kalamazoo, Niles, St Joseph, Ypsilanti); MINNESOTA (Brainerd, Duluth, Robbinsdale); MISSISSIPPI (Tupelo); MISSOURI (Jefferson City) MONTANA (Billings, Helena, Miles City); NEBRASKA (Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha); NEVADA (Las Vegas) NEW HAMPSHIRE (Manchester, Portsmouth); NEW JERSEY (Princeton) NEW YORK (Glens Falls, Little Falls, Mineola, Rome, Utica); NORTH CAROLINA (Burlington, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Ft. Bragg, Greensboro, Monroe, Raleigh, Shelby); NORTH DAKOTA (Grand Forks); OHIO (Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, East Cleveland, East Liverpool, Garfield Heights, Lima, Lorain, Mayfield Heights, Middleburg Heights, Orange Village, Portsmouth, Toledo, Warren, Westlake, Youngstown); OKLAHOMA (Claremore, Oklahoma City, Tulsa); OREGON (Corvalis, McMinnville, Salem, Silverton); SOUTH CAROLINA (Columbia, Pickens, Walhalla); TENNESSEE (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis); TEXAS (Amarillo, Dallas, Fort Hood, Longview, Lubbock, Plano, San Antonio, Texarkana, Waco, Webster); VERMONT (Barre, Brattleboro, Middlebury); VIRGINIA (Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Hampton, Richmond) WASHINGTON (Everett, Fairchild AFB, Longview, Olympia, Puyallup, Yakima); WEST VIRGINIA (Wheeling); WISCONSIN (Florence, Green Bay, Madison, Oshkosh, Watertown, Wausau); JAPAN (Atsugi, Yokosuka), ITALY (Sicily); UNITED KINGDOM [a.k.a. Hit the Ground Crawling] (Birmingham, Liverpool)







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