About Me

I am not a pilot and I am not in training to be a pilot. I am not a wildland firefighter, nor have I been any other kind of firefighter. I started writing about wildland fires in July 2008 because I have a couple of friends who were affected by the fires then burning in and near Los Padres National Forest in CA. I soon became engrossed in learning more about the world of wildland fire fighting. Early in 2009 I was introduced to the world of aerial resources used in fighting wildland fires and I was off on a great adventure. I began writing about different types of air tankers and helicopters used by both State and Federal wildland fire fighting agencies in America. As the weeks turned into months and the months turned into years my respect for these magnificent aircraft, those who fly them, and those who provide operational support increased. What these pilots do is very dangerous. Through my writing, their world became my world. I have laughed and I have cried with them.

As time went on I wanted to explore ways that I could get some aviation experience. My options are limited because circumstances prevent me from pursuing in the air flight training and getting a pilot's certificate. But I don't let that stop me from learning all that I can about aviation. I have been to ground school and passed the FAA private pilot written exam. In addition to continuing with my own ground studies on aviation there is one more thing that I can do. That is, I fly when I can as a passenger on scenic rides never taking the flight controls. I average one such flight a month with some wonderful pilots. I frequently come away from these flights with a new experience. From time to time I write about these experiences here.

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