Hello, and welcome to East Coast Flying. This website is for aviation enthusiast, pilots, and anyone who wants to learn more about aviation and flying. Flying in and around the Baltimore/Washington area presents its own set of unique and exciting challenges. That is why most of the information contained within this site has special emphasis placed on operations in and around the Baltimore/Washington area of the East Coast. However, as the site matures, more information will be posted and will expand to include other parts of the east coast. This website will also follow the lessons learned of a young pilot as he experiences general aviation and aerospace first hand through flight. This website's goal is to have lots of resources for those who want to learn to fly and for those who already fly.
My name is Aaron and I am a private pilot and aircraft owner. I have been flying for almost three years and obtained my license in 8 months of training with approximately 70+ hrs in my logbook at the Baltimore Washington International Airport. I have since accumulated over 230hrs and take every trip as an opportunity to learn something new. My wife Shannon and I love to share our love of aviation and we enjoy taking friends, family, and especially kids flying in my 1975 Cessna Cardinal. My passion for aviation stems from my childhood where, at the age of 5, I was a regular at the local airport (Suburban Airport in Laurel, MD) along with my grandmother. Every Friday, we would sit with tuna sandwiches and talk with the pilots and watch the airplanes take off and land. I have been hooked ever since. For my 13th birthday I received a gas powered remote control airplane kit. I quickly built it, joined a local club and started flying RC. I love flying RC airplanes whenever I get the chance and I have been actively flying RC airplanes for nearly 12 years now (half my life!). In 2009, I received a Bachelors of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and Masters of Science in 2011 in the same field with a focus on rotorcraft and unmanned systems. I always knew I wanted to fly and when I turned 16, I begged my parents to let me get my pilot's license before my drivers license. My plan failed and until recently, this goal has been out of my reach. But, in 2010, I took my checkride, passing it with flying colors.
I created this website for all the other aviation enthusiasts out there. Through this website, I wish to convey the magic that I see in flight and hopefully encourage others to take up this amazing and rewarding hobby. Once again, welcome to East Coast Flying.
Final Approach to Easton Airport Runway 4 - ©2010
Cruising along at 2,000 ft or even 1,000 ft can give you a completely new perspective of the world we live in. It starts to remind you of how truly small you are compared to the wold. The beauty of our world really starts to sink in, and this is why I like taking pictures while flying almost as much as I enjoy flying itself. Please check out my photos page and if you see something you like, you can buy a print at a very reasonable price. I am not out to create a photography business but I need to recoup my own costs. I also have links to other aerial photography sites in the links page. If you have any tips or suggestions please let me know. I welcome any and all constructive criticism.
Pre-flight for night flying - ©2011
It is no secret that I am a total aviation nut. I love anything to do with airplanes. I just love being around airplanes. I also love television shows about airplanes. There have been some really good shows out lately and I have included some links and descriptions about some of the shows here. Enjoy everyone! The show names below are clickable by the way!
The Aviators is a show about aviation in all its glory. They have something for everyone. From ultra-lights and light sport aircraft to the Goodyear blimp. They span the spectrum of just about anything to do with aviation. Finished with their first season, they are gearing up for Season 2 and it is bound to be as good as the first. My only complaint about the show is that they tend to re-use footage every once in a while but hey, it is still a great show.
Flying Wild Alaska is a show that also just finished its second season. Hosted by the Discovery Channel, the show follows the lives of the Tweeto family and their business, Era Alaska. Era does all sorts of mundane flying jobs, just 1000X more exciting due to the unpredictable nature of flying in Alaska's ever changing weather. It is not uncommon to see a Cessna 206 landing in a 30kt cross-wind, something I couldn't even begin to imagine doing. Season two follows the lives of some of the pilots but the overall theme is Arial Tweeto's adventures while working towards her solo (the season finale) It is a real awesome show and I hope it comes back for a third season.
Whoever came up with Ice Pilots, was obviously the genius behind Ice Road Truckers and probably Flying Wild Alaska. Ice Pilots is a Canadian show on their version of 'The History Channel'' which similarly is called 'History Television'. Out of the other two shows I listed above, this one is absolutely my favorite. They fly World War II era planes like the DC-3, DC-4, and C-46. You thought Flying Wild Alaska was amazing, you haven't seen anything yet. Temperatures that reach -30 Celsius (-22F) are just crazy. These guys are hard core pilots. Buffalo Joe, the owner of Buffalo airlines is a short fused teddy bear. He loves to pull surprises on people and makes his employees work hard. I think just about every show has had something go wrong either mechanically or operationally and I can't begin to imagine how the company stays afloat (knowing myself how expensive aviation can be) There have been 2 seasons of the show (and I think they are in season 3?! not sure, I don't get Canadian television here in MD) and the most amazing episode has got to be Season 1 #11 where a pilot forgets to put the gear down on a 30,000 lb water bomber airplane and skids it along on the runway. This show will get your heart pumping for just about any pilot out there who has had an 'interesting' flight, if you know what I mean.
UPDATE! The Weather Channel (here in the US) will be showing Ice Pilots soon and I have seen a few episodes on National Geographic channel, however, the narrator is different than the one on the Canadian version. Watch the Canadian one if you can, the jokes are better and the narrator is more dynamic.