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Archive for August, 2013


A lot has changed in 40 years. Welcome Back Rick!

The old saying about “It’s like riding a bike” in reference to being able to do something you may not have tried in a long time does apply to aviation!

I had the privilege of flying with Rick Marshall who earned his pilots license at the age of 17, then didn’t fly again for 40 years.  He thought it might take 20 or more hours to get back in the game, but after one flight I knew it wouldn’t take that long as I saw those skills acquired long ago quickly coming back.  I think I assisted him on the first landing, and maybe a little on the second landing, but after that I don’t think I touched the controls other than to demonstrate tasks that he hadn’t practiced in decades.

Radio communications was his biggest challenge, having not flown at a busy towered field very much during his original training.  But that skill came with a little practice both on the ground and in the air.  Over the course of five or so lessons we reviewed all the core airman tasks required by the FAA’s current Practical Test Standards. We visited multiple uncontrolled fields as he learned the new art of GPS navigation in addition to brushing up on old-school VOR navigation.

On the ground we spent a couple of hours reviewing regulatory changes that have occurred over the past 40 years, including airspace, new airport signage, etc. He also learned to use the latest and greatest technology tools available to pilots today. He is now setup for flight planning on his iPad, including doing weight and balance calculations with the leading apps for those tasks.

Congratulation, Rick, on your return to the sky!  Fly safe!                        (Story by Loren Jones)

Category : Activities | Blog

Check Ride on a VERY Windy Day!

Paul Peterson completed his Private Pilot Helicopter check ride in less than ideal weather while wife, Jennifer, recorded the event for later critique. Wow, that wind was strong! (Makes for an easy autorotation, though.)

Congratulations, Paul. You are on your way to a new career!

We wish you the best!

Category : Activities | Blog

I want to fly HELICOPTERS!

To the crew at Hummingbird Aviation,

I want to thank you all for a fantastic first flight for my Hannah. I would also like to add a big thanks to Bill (our pilot) for making it a smooth flight. And a very special thanks to Chris and Beverly for helping Hannah work through her fear of flying over the last 2 years.

She was so excited about the flight, she is telling all “I’m gonna fly helicopters when I get older!”

That puts a huge smile on her daddy’s face.

Thank you,  Dean Lyle

Category : Activities | Blog

Blue skys, clam winds make a great day for SOLO flight!

Jim Griffith is working on his Private Pilot certificate in our Jabiru J170-SP aircraft.

Jim is one of those students who likes to study and must understand all aspects of his flight training. (He asks lots of questions.) We like students who have a thirst for knowledge. Jim completed our FAA-Approved pilot ground school in June and is progressing toward certification as a pilot.

Congratulations, Jim!

Category : Activities | First solo | Blog

Nice Flight George!

Check this out. George Lichty is adding a commercial helicopter rating to his private pilot airplane certificate. He enjoys flying our new (to us) Schweizer 300C helicopter. The extra power is great in those warm Minnesota summers. Way to go, George!

Category : Activities | First solo | Blog