Welcome Don!

Welcome Don!

Don flew his first mission for Pilots N Paws in his Cherokee 140.

It’s another one of those round-about stories that got him his first mission. He recently moved his airplane to a new home, Tappahannock, VA (XSA), and one of the pilots there had been flying Pilot n Paws missions and wanted to know if Don could do one over the weekend. It was something that had been stuck in the back of Don’s mind, so he said sure.

Don heard mumblings about 3 puppies, but when he arrived at Elizabethtown, NC (EYF), Sylvia had a van full of critters to split between Don and another pilot. It never occurred to him that one could fly what is normally a 4-seat Cherokee with 19 souls on board, but he did so without even coming close to weight and balance (W&B) limits. It is important to have weight distributed in the airplane correctly, or the pilot is unable to control the plane. It helped that 15 of the critters were kittens. The other 3 were dogs.

Expecting his first PnP flight to be with just one or two critters, Don was a bit surprised at his load. The rescues cut him no slack, and since it seemed safe in all respects (no loose critters, and W&B within limits), up and away they went?

It was 2.3 hours each way between KXSA and KEYF. While it was hot, the visibility was good, the air was a lot smoother than expected, and it was uneventful in most respects. Flying With a Purpose – it really helps to focus the flight and flying a lot better than the lazy local evening flights.

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7 Responses to “Welcome Don!”

  1. You’ve joined an amazing group Don. I only wish I knew how to fly…problem is I have a severe phobia of falling LOL.

    Cheers,
    Kerry

  2. Janette Hamilton 05. Jul, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Congratulations on your inaugural flight Don! I am so glad pilots like you are willing to help these animals! God Bless you!

  3. Steve J Steinbeck 05. Jul, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    The pilot and my good friend, Don, had mentioned the Pilots N Paws program to me several months ago and we are so proud of his commitment to this needed program. What is ironic about this trip is Elizabethtown is in southeastern NC where his deceased brother practiced ER medicine and is the home of my wife. Further, NJ, where these pets were untimely headed, is the home of my daughter-in-law. Good Job.

  4. Steve J Steinbeck 05. Jul, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    The pilot and my good friend, Don, had mentioned the Pilots N Paws program to me several months ago and we are so proud of his commitment to this needed program. What is ironic about this trip is Elizabethtown is in southeastern NC where his deceased brother practiced ER medicine and is the home of my wife. Further, NJ, where these pets were ultimately headed, is the home of my daughter-in-law. Good Job.

  5. It’s a great thing to use fuel for a good cause rather than just taking a weekend joyride just for entertainment. If more people would find similar things to do with their recreation time and excess cash the world would be a much better place. Bless you, Don!

  6. Thomas Autrey 06. Jul, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I just purchased a C-172 and I am thinking of joining PnP. I love animals.

  7. Judy Kirkpatrick 13. Jul, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Scott, I’ve never forgotten about you and your generous offers of assistance. Still trying to get enough to fill your plane and make a trip worthwhile for all concerned. God bless for all you do. You’re certainly one of my heroes!