ABOUT THE WEB DEVELOPER
I am originally from Bangor, Maine. I lived there nearly all my life, until I
joined the US Air Force. My last assignment in the military was at Keesler AFB on the Mississippi
gulf coast. After retirement, I stayed in the area and worked as a contractor.
I lived in Ocean Springs, Mississippi for nearly 20 years. As you may remember,
Hurricane Katrina hit the area very hard. The quality of life took a severe
nose dive, so I pulled up stakes and moved back to Maine. Unfortunately, Maine
is not exactly a high tech region. Not many computer jobs here, so I am working
in any job that will have me.
I got my private pilot's license back in 1995. I learned from an excellent
instructor who didn't let me get away with much. She pushed me so hard that I
aced the written exam.
I have not completed my instrument rating, yet. I started on it several
years ago. Once again I aced the written test. I did a lot of "on-again
off-again" training. The school I was attending closed and my instructor moved.
I took a break. I had to drop the next instructor because I didn't feel
comfortable with him. I took another break. I started with another instructor
and he changed jobs.
By now, my written test has expired and I have taken so many breaks that I need
to start over. Now that I don't make much money, I just can't afford to get back
into it. Someday!
One of the ways I keep the knowledge of the instrument rating fresh is to
develop these lessons. I learn a lot when I am researching a particular
subject. I just hope they are as useful to some of you as they are to me.
I use to fly a Cessna 172 out of Ocean Springs airport (5R2). Flying on the gulf coast
is quite nice. The only problem is the frequent pop-up thuderstorms. You can
count on them just about every afternoon. That's one thing even an instrument
rating will not help in a small GA plane.
I concider myself a professional instructor. I have professionally taught
subjects ranging from computer programming to CPR to dog obedience. I
enjoy teaching. There is real joy in giving knowledge to others. That is one of
the reasons I started this site. The other reason is to help me understand and
remember these concepts.
With that said, let me reiterate the fact that
I AM NOT a
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). I am just another private pilot. These
pages are to be used WITH your CFI, not in place of the CFI. Please read the