Bucket List

I am a firm believer in setting goals and tracking progress towards them.... In fact, I think every pilot should have a  bucket list.... Here is mine:

1. Personally land in all 50 states:
When I started flying, I casually thought about flying to lots of different places.  Then in 2010, I decided it was time to start getting serious about it.  I set a goal of personally landing in all 50 states.  While I thought it would take me over 5 years, in reality it ended up being less than 2 years!

On Feb 18th, 2012 I landed in Hawaii, which was my 50th state!  So I can finally say "Mission Accomplished"

You can see a short clip of how I did it below:

2. Personally land in every country in the Caribbean! 
Now this one requires some footnotes.

  • Except Cuba because I have no interest in visiting a Cuban jail ;-)
  • Many of these countries have several islands, or hundreds like the Bahamas.  I certainly won't get to every island.  But each country for sure.

This goal is still in progress.  But, you can follow along on the map below:

3. Get completely trained in flying aerobatics
While this one may sound a bit like a  daredevil item, it is really not.  The discipline required to fly aerobatics requires intensive stuck and rudder training, and a heightened appreciation for safety.  There is no rating involved here because I am never planning to do this as a professional stunt pilot.  However, there is a fairly standard curriculum that covers about 15-20 maneuvers.  I have already started this one, which you can read about here.  But I am certainly NOT done.

4. Get a seaplane rating
This item has been in the back of my mind for years.  I think it would be so wild to land on water, which I obviously can't do in my plane.  Who knows, this might also open up the possibility of some even more exotic destinations in the future.

5. Get a Commercial rating
You may surprised to see this item on the list.  I certainly don't ever intend to fly as a career.  However, like any other training, this will make me a better pilot and possibly enable me to do some unique commercial flying, such as ferrying aircraft, sightseeing flights or maybe even some banner towing.

6. Fly a North Atlantic crossing from US to Europe

7. Get a Flight Instructor's Certificate?
Not entirely sure about this one.  It would certainly be great to be able to share aviation knowledge to aspiring student pilots.  But I am not really sure I would want the headaches that go along with this one, such as insurance, liability, etc.

== T.J.==
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