Chesapeake, Morning

The best pilots are masters of minimalism who rely less on equipment and more on their brains, but such pilots are rare.

-William Langewiesche

 I was introduced to ultralight flying in 2010, while reporting a story about paragliding with birds of prey in Pokhara, Nepal. When I returned to the States, I learned to fly with Pennsylvania Paragliding and Super Fly Paragliding. In 2011, I received my P2 paraglider pilot rating.  

 

That winter, when the weather became too cold to paraglide, I took an introductory flight at Freeway Airport in Bowie, Maryland. This proved to be a very expensive decision. I began training for my pilot's license shortly afterward, sold my paragliding gear, and eventually passed my private pilot checkride in August 2013. 

In the summer of 2014, I joined the Goddard Flying Club by purchasing a share of a 1998 Cessna 172. I put about 150 hours on the plane and received my instrument rating in it before selling my share. 

For about four years, I owned a 1947 Luscombe 8E, a vintage taildragger that taught me more than I could have ever imagined. 
 

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Luscombe cockpit

Parahawking in Nepal

Bishop Luscombe.1

Runway 18 at Freeway

Goddard Flying Club

N2025K 1947 Luscombe 8E

N2025K Panel

Fern

Milo

Morning W00

Dad at Tangier Island

My private pilot trainer

© 2020 by John Patrick Bishop. All images by John Patrick Bishop.

My private pilot trainer