The allure of an open door

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Amazing things can happen if you just take the time to open your door, invite the neighbors over for a burger, and let them experience for themselves what lights a fire in your belly.

Case in point…Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW) is located smack dab in the middle of the Florida panhandle. It’s not far from the tourist draws of Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland, or the miles and miles of pristine beaches that stretch out on the east and west coast of the state. But it’s far enough from those population dense destinations that it’s surrounded by green landscapes, open spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere that has an undeniable appeal.

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Teaching a homeless man to fly

CFI and blogger Ron Rapp notes that a lot of people say they want to learn to fly, then pull out the old excuses of no time or money. That brings to mind the time he taught James, a man without a permanent address, cellphone or car, how to fly. James was couch-surfing to save money and rode his bike to the airport for lessons. “Whenever someone tells me they could never possibly find the time or money to pursue flying — or any dream for that matter — I always think about James, and I know the truth: If there’s a will, there’s always a way,” writes Rapp. Check out the full post here.

Book: The Day I Learned To Fly

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Do you remember being a kid? Do you remember running all over the neighborhood until you heard the faint voice of your mother calling you home? I sure do…

When I opened Jeffrey Kennon’s book, “The Day I Learned To Fly” and started to read, those long summer days of yesteryear came flooding back. [Read more…]

Nose-first landing bends Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: McKinney, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that windy conditions existed during the flight, but the wind was not a crosswind during landing. However, the airplane touched down hard on the nosewheel, bounced, and then settled onto the runway.

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