I sometimes take a break from flight training by taking FUN flights with my girlfriend Janine. She enjoys flying and we have plans on flying together long after I complete my private pilot training and recieve my Private Pilot certificate. April 4 2014 was one of those flights for enjoyment as well as a learning experience.. So janine and I accompanied by Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Tom Fischer departed Caldwell airport in N811JD and headed towards the Hudson river. We flew east to the first VFR checkpoint at the Alpine Tower and contacted La Guardia tower to get clearance to fly into the (B)ravo airspace surrounding the 3 major airports in NYC. After being cleared into the Bravo airspace and assigned a squawk code and altitude,we continued southward along the Hudson river. You enter the Skyline Route south of the Tappenzee Bridge and fly south following the Hudson River at your assigned altitude. It was a beautiful day and the George Washington Bridge looked amazing gracefully spanning the hudson , I was glad I was flying over it instead of being in bumper to bumper traffic mid-span. LOL Yankkee Staduim was clearly visable to the left in The Bronx, with The Willis Ave and Tri-boro bridges connecting it all together. The Henry Hudson snaking its way along the edge of the river.. Heading south looking for the symbol of the strength of this city ,Our Freedom Tower! Flying past the Statue Of Liberty south to the Verranzano Bridge ,turning around between the towers and heading north.. It was at this time Janine informed me that she was feeling queasy ,and I decided to cut the flight a little short to accommodate my flying partner. A quick call to Newark tower with our request to head back to Caldwell ,and we were in for a treat. The controller directed us to fly north and turn west at the Statue of Liberty and fly across the Numbers for runway 22Left at EWR Newark . Then the controller told us to watch for traffic a Boeing 777 passing under us landing on runway 22Left . Damn that was unbelieveable sharing airspace with a Boeing 777 in my Cessna 172. I cant say enough good things about the Newark controllers and ,how they go out of their way to accomidate us general aviation pilots in and around the Bravo airspace here in our big city. They’re the best ! Then onward to Caldwell and a perfect landing , ending another flight around the city that never sleeps. GOD bless America. God bless the F.D.N.Y
The story begins February 11 2011 when i decided to take my first flight lesson. I googled flight training and the first school that came up is Airfleet in Essex County airport, so I called and made an appointment. In hindsight i should have taken a tour of several schools and viewed the aircraft i would be training in. I immediatly liked the airport Caldwell is a great airport, the fact it is towered and located in Delta airspace introduces the student pilot to radio communications in controlled airspace that is critical in this crowded airspace that is New York and New Jersey. My first instructor was Brian Monga, Brian is an excellent instructor but left Airfleet to fly at another school located at Morristown Municipal. I dedcided to stay at Airfleet ,and started training with Alex Webber , another excellent instructor but I lost him to his new job as an Airline Transport Pilot. Unfortunatly each time i changed instructors my training suffered, because flight training requires your CFI to get to know you and your ability to retain the deluge of information required to become a pilot. After Alex’s departure to the airlines I was forced to find another CFI to help me complete my training. That’s when I contacted Tom Fischer at his newly formed flight school Fischer Aviation. I explained my interest in finishing my flight training and he gladly agreed to help me complete my training. I began flying with Tom and quickly became comfortable with the school and the aircraft and Toms teaching style. Tom has helped me complete the written exam and my long X- country flight. I highly recommend Fischer Aviation to all who want to start flight training as a career or just for recreation. Fischer has the equipment and the people to get you your license. Presently I am polishing up my flying for the Check ride. I plan on blogging the remaining of my flight training and my FAA check ride. Stay Tuned!