Around the Pattern

Ramblings about flying for fun and profit.


I am a no-longer-bullet-proof male pilot. I fly professionally, I fly for pleasure and I’m a retired military pilot. My  certificates include ATP, CFII, A&P, FE, a couple of type ratings and at last count I have logged somewhere around 10,000 hours of flight time. But every time I go flying whether the airplane is big or small, I learn something new about flying or about myself. And that’s why I’m still doing this aviation thing after almost 40 years.

My personal airplane is two-seat (side-by-side) and the little wheel is in the back. It has a single comm radio and a hand-held GPS if I need it. When I go somewhere in it, I look outside and enjoy the scenery.

When something catches my interest, pushes a button, or just sounds interesting, I’ll try and write coherently about it, but there are no guarantees. If you like what you read or even if you don’t, feel free to leave a comment. Just try to keep the comments civil and on topic. We’re here to learn and to enjoy the conversation.

Thanks for putting up with the occasional rants and ramblings. If you want to contact me directly, just drop me an email at


(Yeah, guys spell it that way too,  OK?)

Oh, you can follow me on Twitter as  atp4tr and more of my photos (or larger versions) are available on  Flickr

Or you can join me on Google+ and add me to one of your circles (here is my Google Profile


  1. Nice webpage, and interresting………..happy

  2. bigredlancer

    Reno-Stead fire-fighter story interesting; I was aircrewman in SP-2E and P-3s. Am interested in that photo of the RF-8G; I was an avionics tech in VFP-62 with the photo Crusaders aboard USS Intrepid, now a museum in NYC. Any chance of a larger photo?

  3. Thanks for stopping by. The fire bombers were working all day today. Must be something going on north of here. Most of those photos are from slides I have taken – way before the digital age. I’ll see if I can find the larger version and make the smaller one a link to it. I’ll change the photo title to include “click for larger” when I get it done.

  4. Karl J

    Heh Tracy,
    After several years (looks like your last Jackson writeup was 2008? I just found this website. Are you still writing? good to see you again at Reno and Jackson!

  5. Ken

    Nice post and interesting site, hope to hang here more often, I added you on twitter. Would love to see more and look forward to hearing from you.

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