East Coast Aero Club Walkthrough

May 26, 2011

An introduction to helicopter training in Boston

Coast to Coast Spirit of TWA Bullhead City, AZ

May 20, 2010

Westbound stop in Bullhead City, refueling and a quick visit to say hi to my father Ford Chandler.

Holiday For A Surfer ?Gold Coast? Australia

March 8, 2010

the cool breeze bringing the chimes of the sea filling the spiced up air with sunshine and rhythm,  this is Australia. A country of Beauty, Glamour and Surfing!

For Surfers from round the world, Australia is no less than a paradise and for Australian Surfers….The sunshine city of Gold Coast is the first stop.

Gold Coast is located in the southeast corner of Queensland, to the south of the state capital Brisbane. It is the second most populous city in the state and the sixth most populous in the country. The notable attraction “Surfers Paradise” on the Gold Coast of Australia is about an hour by car south of Brisbane. A train service also connects to Brisbane Airport and arrives at Robina just a 10 minute bus ride from Surfers.

For tourists from all the four corners of the globe, cheap flights to Australia are easily available through Brisbane and direct flights like British Airways, Qantas And indirect flights like Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, KLM and Air France operate on daily and weekly basis. Nowadays, all top airlines are offering cheap flights to Queensland from London UK at competitive and promotional fares to boost tourism in the state.

The specialty of Gold Coast, that make it stand out and shine, in comparison to many other beach destination in and out side Australia is the sunny subtropical climate and impeccable surfing beaches. The city is laid with waterways and canal systems, a skyline dominated by high-rise apartment buildings, a rainforest hinterland in the west of the city, nightlife and shopping malls with all top brand shops available.

Gold Coast, consists of a marvelous and vast, 57 kilometers (35 miles) of coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia and the world including, South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broad beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach.

To make your selections easier, let me tell you that for Surfers, Duranbah beach (official name Flagstaff Beach), is one of the world’s best known surfing beaches; it is situated just across the New South Wales state border in Tweed Shire. Also, “The Surfers Paradise” marks the identity of the region.

The beaches at Gold Coast, are not so commercialized yet highly developed, wider, whiter beaches and cheaper to stay and eat. If you want experience the sea at its best, hit the Gold Coast in between October and March when temperatures climb.

For your “peace of mind”, let me also tell you that Gold Coast has Australia’s largest professional surf lifesaving service to protect people on the beaches and to promote surf safety throughout the community. So be fearless and surf up …. Gold Coast Australia!

Nasa Ares 1 Arial Footage Shot From Cessna Skymaster October 28 2009

November 28, 2009


An aerial video crew observed the October 28, 2009 Ares I-X test flight from a Cessna Skymaster aircraft positioned approx. 10 nautical miles away from the vehicle at an altitude of 12,000 feet. The videographer used a gyro-stabilized high-definition camera system mounted to the outside of the aircraft to capture this spectacular footage. This footage provides extremely valuable engineering data, and imagery of the recovery sequence in rarely-seen detail.
Ares I-X is the first flight test of the Constellation Program and provides NASA an early opportunity to gather critical data during vehicle ascent and during booster deceleration and recovery.

If a recognizable person appears in this video, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA employees of a commercial product, process or service, or used in any other manner that might mislead. Accordingly, it is requested that if this video is used in advertising and other commercial promotion, layout and copy be submitted to NASA prior to release.

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My ultralight flight over the Island of Kaua’i (Hawai’i)

December 7, 2008

This was only our third trip to this particular island. We had eight nights planned here before heading to the other islands.

We wanted to do some things that were more exciting than we had previously. And this ultralight flight fit the bill!

We originally contacted another company — which is highly praised in a famous travel guide for this island — that does this same type of tour. However strangely enough, the owner called us back on my cellphone the day before our scheduled flight to say that he had to cancel the reservation. He apologized and said it was “just one of those things”.

Although disappointed, we were not going to let this stop us.

We had seen an advertisement in “101 Things to Do” — Kaua’i edition — and decided to contact them. They had openings and we booked a 60-minute flight.

For insurance and FAA purposes, it is called a training flight. You are actually taught the basics of ultralight flying and it is up to you on just how much you want to learn (I actually got to control the craft several times while in flight).

On the day of our flight, we were talked into a more expensive 90-minute flight that spent more time down inside and around Kalalau Valley. We jumped at it! And, yes, it was a very smart decision because we really found it interesting. At $270 per person, it was a little steep, but it was well worth it.

Our flight started at Port Allen Airport. We flew over Waimea Town and then over Waimea Canyon. We got a bird’s-eye view of the famous Waimea Canyon Lookout — a very neat perspective. We went out over the water near Honopu Valley for a glorious view of N? Pali and then came back inland deep into Kalalau Valley. Then it was back out along N? Pali Coast. We skirted the coastline to Polihale, buzzed 20 feet off the deck of Barking Sands Beach, and then skirted the coast back to the airport.

This was a 90-minute flight that I will never forget!

I took over 100 photos while on the flight. I have used most of them in this video, which has the stills in motion and set to classical music.


We flew with Aero Trek Hawai’i (formerly Ultralight Adventures Kaua’i). The website is: www.ultralightkauai.com.

To see higher resolution stills used in this video, go here: http://bluecollar.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php

Note: We plan on doing this again during humpback season because we feel that the aerial view of the whales would be very intriguing.

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