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How Towing Gliders Taught Me to be a Better Pilot

Posted by Aaron Harrington on September 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

More than a year ago, I started towing gliders for Atlantic Soaring Club at Harford County Airport (0W3). It was quite on accident that this happened. I own a 1975 Cessna 177B Cardinal and for a year, it was tied down outside. My tiedown spot was directly across from the glider club's clubhouse and base of operations. Over the course of that year, I became pretty good friends with a few of the club members and they would routinely invite me over for hamburgers and hotdogs when i'd return from...

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The IFR Checkride

Posted by Aaron Harrington on April 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (2)

I know I havent posted hardly anything lately, but that is because I have been working on passing my IFR checkride! YEAY! I wrote up a nice IFR Oral Exam and Checkride thing just like I did for my private and that will be in the Useful Information section again but I thought I would post the d...

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NEXT TIME NOTAM

Posted by Aaron Harrington on March 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

All of us, one time or another, are going to make a mistake. It might be a big one or a little one, but its gonna happen. Today, I had my little mistake. I am currenly working on getting my IFR rating and only have about 6 hours of simulated instrument time left before he checkride. So today, I set off with Shannon and Mike on a cross country trip to KUNV, State College Airport at Penn State University. It couldn't have been a more perfect VFR day, I was dissapointed i'd be under 'the hood' f...

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What Real Pilots Do in Hard IMC

Posted by Aaron Harrington on December 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

So since I have started my Instrument Training, I have found the entire business of holding and approach procedures and SIDs and STARs and etc etc etc ... all of it really, quite facinating. Its just amazing to me that we as humans have developed a method (that in essences is really quite simple) to allow us to take off in an airplane in bad weather and fog, fly somewhere, and land. Obviously the 'heavy iron' pilots can do a little more than I can do in my Cardinal, but they impress me even m...

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Cardinal Flying

Posted by Aaron Harrington on November 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello faithful followers. I appologize for not posting in a long while, but i've been busy! Yeah yeah, likely excuse, but its true. I bought an airplane, got married, started my Instrument training, and now its 'the holidays.' Any free time that I have had, has been focused on either my photography, studying for my instrument written test, or actually flying!


I wanted, however, to give an update on my 'new' airplane. I am thoroughly enjoying being an aircraft owner. The Ces...

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Let Summer Flying Begin

Posted by Aaron Harrington on June 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, it sure has been a while since my last post and to my faithful followers (Duane, Rob, Mike, Roy, etc) I have a new post! (and there was much rejoicing).


If anyone is excited for summer, it is definitely a pilot. No more icy mornings spent removing the frost from the top of the wings of a high wing airplane. No more frozen fingers durring preflight (for those of us who always seem to forget our gloves....yeah, im guilty) and now we can use the grass runways! However, s...

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A Flight to Hatteras

Posted by Aaron Harrington on May 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Airplane: Citabria N1138E

Saturday May 5, 2012

With Steve Kauffman

My logged flight time: 2.7 hrs


Saturday, I had the chance to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time. A long cross country trip to the outter banks of North Corlina. Steve Kauffman, a friend and fellow pilot at Harford had invited me along and I jumped at the chance.


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Why I Fly

Posted by Aaron Harrington on April 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated with airplanes. Like many other people, I wondered what kept that big heavy machine in the air. I knew that the air kept it up but I didn’t know how. It was like magic to me. As I grew older, my curiosity only increased. I always wanted to keep learning about them. I would look at pictures, read books and magazines, drew them, and even dreamed about them. My infatuation grew and I went to college to become an aerospace engineer. I wanted t...

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Tough Decisions ? Go/no Go

Posted by Aaron Harrington on April 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It doesn’t happen often but there are times when I haves cheduled the airplane, planned the flight, and right at the last minute, I have to make the go/no go decision due to weather that is already happening and in the rare occasion, weather that will possibly be happening during my flight.My trip up to Summerset airport in NJ to pick up Shannon was such a flight.This 95 nautical mile trip (each way) would be starting just before dark with a planned,beautiful night flight back to Harfor...

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Night Currency

Posted by Aaron Harrington on April 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This past Wednesday night, April 11th, I scheduled N12334 with the intention of going up for a few circuits around the pattern to do my required 3 take-offs and 3 full stop landings to maintain night currency. This coming Wednesday, April 18th, I am doing a cross country flight to upper NJ to pick up Shannon and bring her back home for a meeting she has early Thursday morning. She doesn't get out of class on Wed till 6:30 so it would be cutting it close if I tried to race back to Harford coun...

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