Captain Tedward's Flying Adventures

My mission: DON'T CRASH!

8/19/2008 05:05:00 PM

Belated Birthday Flight for Finn

Posted by Captain Tedward

Captain Tedward delivered on a promise today to take my buddy's son, Finn, up for a spin in the plane as a belated birthday gift. We finally got a chance to do that this morning and here are some of the photos from the trip. The rest of the photos can be seen here.

Finn and Captain Tedward

On approach to Runway 7 at Beaufort County Airport.

On approach to Runway 3 at Hilton Head.

Finn at the controls!

First Officer Finn making one last check of the weather.

Finn helping to untie the ropes.

Captain Tedward

8/19/2008 04:44:00 PM

First Officer Tedward

Posted by Captain Tedward

Ok. I gave up the reigns yesterday. I allowed someone else to play the role of Captain. :)

Captain Christina took the controls of N2212R yesterday and we flew around the area. She wanted to get a good feel for the plane. Best way to do that is hop in and fly! We departed Beaufort County Airport and flew down to the south end of Hilton Head Island, then down the coast to Tybee Island, a few miles east to Fort Pulaski, and then back to Beaufort for some touch and go landings. As I was the co-pilot this trip, I was able to snap some photos.

Tybee Island, GA

Closer view of the pavilion area.

Captain Christina looking at Fort Pulaski.

Harbour Town on the south end of Hilton Head Island, SC

Turning downwind at Beaufort County Airport.

Turning base for Runway 7.

About to turn final.

First Officer Tedward

8/12/2008 03:33:00 PM

Operation Wheels for Blue

Posted by Captain Tedward

Captain Tedward, being the dog lover that I am, went charitable Monday morning and flew a specially designed wheelchair to Madison, GA in order for a disabled Siberian Husky to "walk" again. The wheelchair was designed by the folks of Maranatha Farm using donations from all around the area.

"Freedom Wheels"

Doesn't Blue look happy?

The flight over to Madison Municipal Airport was a bit cloudy at first, with some occasion light rain at 8,000 feet.

Dark clouds and rain to the south.

Not too bad to the north.

A view of Burke County Airport in Waynesville, GA.

On final for Runway 32 at Madison Municipal Airport.

A view of the stacks from the Southern Nuclear Operating Co‎mpany plant near Waynesville.

A view of the instruments.

Some weather off to the south upon my return.

Captain Tedward

8/10/2008 03:00:00 PM

Lunch at The Flying Machine Restaurant

Posted by Captain Tedward

My friend, Eric, lives in the Atlanta area and we go way back. In fact, it has been 21 years since I last saw him. Well, Kim and I, never needing an excuse to fly, headed out to the airport Saturday morning and flew to KLZU (Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. We met Eric there and ate at The Flying Machine. The restaurant is right there on the airport. In fact, you can taxi right up to the patio and park! Great food and great company. We spent several hours getting re-acquainted before heading back home. Was just a fabulous way to spend a Saturday. I am not posting most of the pictures from the airport since it is in the running for a future Airport Spotlight.

Captain Tedward

Downtown Augusta, Georgia from 8,000 feet.

Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia.

On a right base leg for Runway 7 at KLZU.

On final for Runway 7.

Eric and I posing in front of N2212R.

As you can see, we parked just a few feet away from where we ate outside.

Captain Tedward taking a moment to pose while pre-flighting.

Was cloudy on the way home.

About to fly through one.

Ever wondered what it looks like inside a cloud? :)

8/05/2008 07:14:00 PM

Must have been an "OH SH$$!!!" Moment

Posted by Captain Tedward

Just a couple of updates. For starters, I have posted a new poll. You can now control what airport you would like featured monthly. Please take a moment to vote. If you do not like any of the options and would like to vote for a particular airport not on the list, please post a comment on one of the blog postings with the airport of your choice.

I flew down to Savannah yesterday to get the tire replaced. One of the maintenance techs for the company I work for performed the maintenance after he got off of work. A special thanks to Cliff for donating his time and experience and working in the heat to get her repaired.

While I was waiting, I noticed the following airplane sitting on the ramp of Savannah Aviation.

I've blocked the registration number of the airplane since I am not in the mood to be in a court battle. :) The story, as it was told to me, is that the plane was carrying three occupants and landed in Savannah with strong crosswinds. Rumor has it that the winds were not that strong. Well, you can see the result of a hard landing, whatever the cause.

Captain Tedward

8/01/2008 08:53:00 AM

August 2008 - Airport Spotlight

Posted by Captain Tedward

The first airport to get spotlighted in my new feature is Ridgeland, SC (3J1).

Ridgeland is located just off of I-95 at exits 20/21. The airport itself is a little northwest of town on highway 278.

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History of Ridgeland Airport

A sixty-nine acre parcel of land one mile northwest of Ridgeland, South Carolina, was purchased by Sanders Jenness from J. Lee Dean on March 12, 1938. The property, vacant at the time, had previously been a flower bulb farm. Shortly thereafter, a small group of aviation enthusiasts approached Mr. Jenness requesting that they be allowed to build an airstrip on his property. Mr. Jenness graciously agreed to this request.

With no funds and no experience in this type of project, the group began the task with a borrowed farm tractor and hand tools. After a lot of hard work, they actually completed a workable landing runway early in 1939. Soon, Mr. L.D. Kleckley, Sr. purchased a two-place Aeronca Chief aircraft, becoming the first to begin flying from the new landing field.

Sanders Jenness joined the U.S. Navy as World War II began and as a result, the property was transferred to H.B. Harbade. A few years later in June, 1943, the newly organized Jasper County Aeronautics Commission purchased two parcels of land with a view toward establishing a permanent airport in Jasper County. One was a 48 acre tract from H.B. Garbade and another from Y.C. Weatherbee of 28 acres. Together, the two parcels totaled 76 acres and cost the County $4,850.

The new airport was solidly in operation in 1947 when Miller Flying Service began operations there. Herbert Miller owned the three aircraft put in service and was himself the chief flight instuctor as well. Over 70 local pilots obtained their initial pilots licenses under the tutelage of Mr. Miller.

In 1960, the popularity of the airport attracted funding from the State of South Carolina. A paved and lighted 3,000 feet long by 70 feet wide runway was constructed and put into operation. During that same decade, the training demands of the Vietnam War brought the U.S. Army to the Ridgeland Airport. Army helicopter pilot training was frequently conducted there. After the war, U.S. Army Colonel Oscar C. Mack (Ret) established a flying school at the airport. Mr. Mack operated his very successful flying school for a number of years prior to his untimely death in 1998.

The long tradition of grass-roots flight training begun by Mr. Miller and Mr. Mack continues today at Ridgeland Airport. The Lowcountry Soaring Assocation is home-based at the field and operates two gliders and a tow plane, having provided entry-level and advanced soaring training and flight operations to local enthusiasts for the last 15 years. In addition now, powered aircraft flight training is available from a new operation, Lowcountry Aircraft Management.

Today the Ridgeland Airport is a typical, active county airport with fuel and aircraft repair and inspection services available to both visiting aircraft and the more than fifty light aircraft that call the airfield home. The well-attended, annual "Race to Ridgeland", a light plane fly-in conducted in May of each year, is a highlight of the flying year. Ridgeland Airport is a county-owned, public-use airport. Mr. Claude Dean is the Commissioner of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission and the manager of the airport.

To check out the Race to Ridgeland website, click here.

Fuel price as of 07/29/08

Hope you enjoyed this new feature! Feedback is appreciated.

Captain Tedward