Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Descent, eh? Yes, we know a thing or two about descent in this house.

It wasn’t the best weather for flying this weekend, but we went anyway. Not unsafe, of course, just not ideal mostly because of wind.


Beloved Husband has to keep current on his flight ratings, and he likes to practice landing in windy weather. I am happy to report he landed that plane like a pro in a 19 knot wind with gusts to 29.

Part of my job as co-pilot is to read the checklist off to the pilot. Every time I read an aviation checklist, I gain a new appreciation for how much goes on in my pilot’s head as he keeps that plane aloft.


One of the checklist categories is descent:


And speaking of descent, here we are this summer landing on a blazing hot day in North Carolina. This particular plane has an overly-sensitive stall warning.

The high pitched whine you hear is not me!! Really.


Thanks for flying with us,





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66 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

  1. John says:

    Nice touchdown! So what is the whining sound? Is it a Minimums warning indicator?


    • No, John, this is an overly-sensitive stall horn. Roger says this particular plane will actually alert you to “minimums’ by saying “minimums! minimums!”

      All things I don’t particularly want to hear while flying!


  2. nrhatch says:

    That whine sounded like a squeaky toy being gripped tightly in the co-pilots hands! Thanks for taking us flying with you.

    It’s been windy and cold here this weekend. I can imagine the challenge of landing a small aircraft in the gusty gales.

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  3. How wonderful to fly. It is my most common dream. I get pursued by danger but fortunately I can get away by flying. No one else can. ( there is a lot there)
    What an adventurous life having to keep up ratings by flying.

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    • Gerard, the question that springs to mind for me is are you flying without the aid of an aircraft ala Peter Pan? I had that dream often as a child. Yes, my husband absolutely loves flying and all of its challenges. He mentioned today he wants to perhaps go on to earn his commercial flight rating. All fine by me!!


      • I fly unaided. I just take off and look down on my pursuers. An overwhelming relief is the reward. Helvi reckons I have something unresolved. At my age, a career as a pilot has been left too late. Steering the curry to a successful finale is as far as it will go.


      • Of course you fly unaided! YAY! That’s what I was hoping to hear. Unresolved issues or not, what a great escape from what ever might be plaguing your dreams. I lost this ability to fly as an adult and I miss it terribly. Lucky you.


  4. Diane Ahlberg says:

    You are certainly a trooper! But as I have said before Roger is the
    only one I would fly with- I worked with several Pharmacists that also have a flying club and was asked many times to fly with them – waiting to get up the nerve Roger!


  5. Barbara Stevens says:

    While the challenge word was descent, you two are thoroughly decent human beings.

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  6. bkpyett says:

    Terrific post Barbara! I like Gerard’s comment above, as flying is such a wonderful dream experience I share with him, though I’m not being chased. It must be lovely having to keep up the hours flying, as it gives you an excuse to visit places and avoid the traffic!


    • It’s reassuring to know that pilots have to keep their currency, isn’t it? My pilot has been flying now for only two years, but he has really put in lots and lots of hours of additional training and skill-building. Like landing in high winds, for instance. Makes me a much more comfortable co-pilot knowing how seriously he takes all of this.


  7. Wowsers! Thank you for taking us flying – what an adventure! I haven’t been in a plane that small since I was about 5 or 6. My dad had a friend who flew a 3 seater SkyHawk, and he took us kids up in batches for a spin around the sky. It. Was. Awesome! Great post, Barbara! xx Dorreen


  8. dogear6 says:

    Your pictures were wonderful! And that checklist looks fierce.

    I probably don’t live too far from you in Richmond. There’s quite a few Virginia bloggers and it’s nice to meet another one.



  9. Happy landings; they’re always preferable. 🙂


  10. My how far you’ve come 🙂


  11. Jodi says:

    What a fun post for the photo challenge!!! You are a brave and adventurous one! Xo. Now get that Roger to fly to Mars….. PA that is. 😄


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  13. Thank you for taking us through your duties as co pilot. I was sitting behind the co pilot on a light aircraft flight down to the south of Costa Rica when he started pulling out a manual and going through stuff…I wondered what on earth was going on.


  14. Eliza Waters says:

    Perfect post for the challenge, Barbara!


  15. joannesisco says:

    I have a deep and abiding respect for you and your marriage!! If Gilles had been a pilot, it’s unlikely our marriage would have survived :/

    Unfortunately I can’t hear the warning on your link … and maybe it’s just as well. I already have too many ‘issues’ when I fly!


    • Our marriage survived his teaching me to drive a stick shift. After that, we can endure anything together. “How many times do I have to tell you…..” involved me bursting into tears and storming out of the car. I was more high strung in my youth….


      • joannesisco says:

        LOL!! I can relate to that scene 😀
        On a road trip, I was once banished to the back seat of the car. Now when my gasps and foot searching for the brake pedal annoy him, he just threatens.
        Thankfully I learned how to drive a stick before I met him!


      • We can’t help it if we are better drivers and see things before they do. I swear my husband has two speeds while driving: accelerating and braking. And the braking part never happens soon enough for me. I’ve never been banished to the back seat….not yet anyway. LOL!!!!

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  16. Stall horns always make me flash back to stall recoveries in lessons. Hated it, mostly because of how freaking hard it is to stall anything with a STOL kit. You end up feeling completely vertical, which is beyond weird


    • I’ve never flown, Cherity, during the lessons so I don’t know what stalling feels like. The next step in all of this flying is me learning the basics in case….you know….something happens to the pilot. I’ve forbidden him to have a heart attack or anything else while we’re in the air, but stuff happens and he wants me to start learning things. Step number one: the radio, I guess.


  17. dorannrule says:

    How exciting to fly at will! And what a great pilot and copilot. I can’t imagine going up and coming down in all the wind we have had lately. It practically blew my car off the road. You two are true adventurers.


  18. That. Is Seriously Cool.
    I’ve never experienced a landing in a small plane. Took off in one once but since I jumped out of it before it came down, I don’t know what the landing was like. (Mine was fine, by the way.)

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  19. Sandra says:

    I’m glad I’d had my breakfast before I read this. I am to flying what Dracula is to daylight… Do your talents know no bounds? 🙂


  20. M-R says:

    I’d spend whatever it takes to get that damned thing fixed ! – the thought of being told the engine’s about to stall, unnecessarily, makes me squirm.
    Yer a brave lady ! 🙂


    • That particular plane is decked out with all the bells and whistles and is my least favorite of the four in his club for exactly what you’re saying, M-R. Give me a good old reliable Cessna that blows the stall horn necessarily, I say.

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  21. Yes, it was a nice landing!


  22. KerryCan says:

    Oh, cool! I’m learning new things about you all the time! I’m both thrilled and terrified when in a small plane–it’s so REAL, in ways, well, thrilling and terrifying.


    • Now you have nailed it, Kerry. In a big plane you are literally and figuratively insulated – in a metal cocoon – from what is really going on. That’s exactly why small planes are simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. YES!


  23. Behind the Story says:

    One of my few experiences in a small plane was flying over Seattle in a seaplane. We took off from and landed in Lake Union in the heart of the city. I loved the feeling of riding on the air currents.

    Thank you for the video. I doubt I’ll ever sit in the cockpit for a landing, so that was fun.


  24. Dianna says:

    What a smooth landing! Flying’s not my favorite thing to do – my ears always hurt SEVERELY as we begin our descent. I can’t imagine being a co-pilot!


    • I know exactly what you mean. My ears kill me in the big planes but for some reason not in the little ones. We never go above 8,000 feet for one thing and our descent is gradual. In the big planes, you’re at 30,000 feet. Maybe that has something to do with it. But I can so relate to that agony which goes on for hours afterwards too.

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  25. CH says, from one pilot to another.. Nice Landing! Loved hearing voice.. 🙂


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