Perimeter Flight

Observations from Flying Around The Rim!

Observations from Flying Around The Rim!

Observations from our +10,000 mile flight around the rim – not to be confused with trip highlights. 😉 I have a special gift for the first person who responds with a comment posted to this blog post. Not to Facebook –  the comment must be entered below!  The winner will receive a free copy of the book that traveled around the country with us, Miriam Orr Seymour’s ‘The Flight... Read More »

Signing off now, Flight Around the Rim

Signing off now, Flight Around the Rim

It’s official. This afternoon, the flight around the rim crew successfully completed their mission. Woohoo!! The crew of two, me and hubby Boyd Birchler, traded off stick/nav/radio time flying Boyd’s home-built RV-7 around the perimeter of the continental U.S. Our goal was to fly safely, have fun, and watch our amazing country unfold before our eyes. And WOW, that’s exactly what ... Read More »

On to North Dakota!

On to North Dakota!

Hello, Hello, from Minot, North Dakota. Boyd and I are on the move with moments to post an update,  but for what it’s worth — this is it!   Read More »

Flying the Idaho and Montana Mountain Passes

Flying the Idaho and Montana Mountain Passes

Anxious to continue our US perimeter flight, Boyd and I were at the Cascade, Idaho airport bright and early in the morning. Last night had been downright cold and, as guessed, a very light film of frost had formed overnight on our wings. A quick repositioning of our pretty bird, out of the shade and into the sunshine, quickly resolved any potential problem. Our flight goal was Cascade, ID to Kalis... Read More »

WWaa: a Life-Flight Plan

WWaa: a Life-Flight Plan

Cascade, Idaho. Tiny town. Big mountains. And for 5 heavenly days, lady pilots are everywhere.  We are all here to participate in Christina Tindle’s ‘Woman Wise AWEsome Adventures’, a gathering for women pilots where a multitude of advanced flight training options are available. Add to that Christina’s program for developing a personal Life-Flight plan, and it’s a win... Read More »

Into the Cascade Valley

Into the Cascade Valley

The view from our RV7 on our flight around the perimeter continues to impress us. Yakima, Washington to Cascade, Idaho took us from brown hills to high, green ridged mountains. Although we flew over and around some significant terrain, the route we chose always had a highway within view: piece of mind. We’re here at Cascade to attend Christina Tindle’s Women Wise AWEsome Adventures eve... Read More »

‘Yakima’ translated by pilots is ‘Cub Crafters’

‘Yakima’ translated by pilots is ‘Cub Crafters’

Tonight, Boyd and I are in Yakima, Washington, continuing our flight around the perimeter of America. We visited a number of cities along the northwest perimeter including Orcas Island, Blaine, and Bellingham, the northern most airport we’ve visited. As we turned eastbound from Bellingham, Washington, I felt like we were on top of the world. We’d navigated our way from Toledo, Ohio eas... Read More »

Orcas Island and the San Juan Islands

Orcas Island and the San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands. Until a few years ago I couldn’t tell you where you’d find them. Northwest somewhere, or I could be wrong, maybe somewhere down in the Caribbean. My sad lack of knowledge changed a number of years ago when I was forced to figure it out. A group of lady taildragger pilots wanted to fly to the San Juan Islands and I was going to be the person organizing it. Time to ... Read More »

99 Years of Aviation: Twin Engine Glenn Martin Bomber to Experimental RV-7!

99 Years of Aviation: Twin Engine Glenn Martin Bomber to Experimental RV-7!

Prepping for our flight around the perimeter of the U.S., Boyd and I ran the weight and balance numbers. I’d packed all the “necessities” for a whopping 6 week tour, weighed each bag, shrieked, removed items, then repeated. When it was all said-and-done, we were close to the aft CG limit but still within the acceptable range. The reality of dragging around 6 weeks of “neces... Read More »

Lenhardt: Our Gateway to northwest Oregon

Lenhardt: Our Gateway to northwest Oregon

It was music to my ears – lady voices on 122.9 announcing their positions around Lenhardt Airpark. As Boyd and I continue to navigate our way around the perimeter of the U.S., sadly, we’ve only heard a handful of women across the frequencies. As we approached this airpark on the south side of Portland, Oregon, I’m happy to report that quickly changed. Read More »

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