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.