Birthday Wish

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My little TWO YEAR OLD (wow that is a hard one to type, he is growing up way to fast) has a mad passion for PLANES right now. We live in the flight plan of all the major airlines, who land at PDX, also we are surrounded by private smaller airports, therefore everyday we have plane after plane flying directly over our ranch. The kiddo lets us know when they are flying over, even on cloudy days. HE HAS EXCELLENT PLANE RADAR…he can hear them before he spots them in the sky.

My Father and Uncle own a small plane and are both certified pilots (for more info see my Sky High post). Cason knows that his Grandpa or otherwise known as “Gee” (Cason started calling him “G” but now it is “Gee” and has stuck…”Granny and Gee” has a nice ring to it) has a plane and scrolls through “Gee’s” IPhone to see pictures of his plane. For months he has been begging to see the plane, therefore for his birthday wish we made a special trip to the aviation airport just for him to see and sit in the plane.  My only intentions were for him to sit in the plane and look at all the controls, watch a few planes take off and land.  I mean we were not going to up in the air, this kiddo is super scared of the car wash…he wouldn’t want to fly in a small plane.

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But he saw the planes taking off and said he wanted to fly in the sky… so we loaded up in the plane and were ready for takeoff, headphones and all! (Sorry about the close up, some fuzzy pic’s…we were sitting so close it was hard for me to zoom in and out, in focus…plus I am not camera savvy)!

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These are noise canceling headphones and voice activated for everyone to hear/communicate to each other in the plane, you can also hear the tower and other pilots. They were a 2 year olds favorite new toy…he loved talking into them and hearing everyone respond back to his little sweet “hi…hi…hi”.

We flew low and it was a nice day, so you could see everything below…why not fly over the ranch and do a little fly by to the Dada.

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…all the little black dots are the COWS

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This special little guy’s birthday wish came true and he was on “cloud 9” for the rest of the evening, which was followed up by a birthday dinner (next to the water, his 2nd request) and then a chocolate sundae!

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Sneak Peek: Cason Turns Two Photo Shoot was a huge success. Can’t wait to share all the perfect pics.  BTW the theme to his Birthday Bash is “Vintage Airplane”!

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Sky High

flightSome select representatives from our Family Business had to attend the 2014 Planning Session in Renton, Washington (just south of Seattle) which is about 190 miles away from the farm or a 3 hour drive without traffic and 4 hours with traffic.  This session was schedule to last 6 hours, therefore instead of battling the road ways we decided to hit the sky and fly in our family’s Beechcraft Bonanza  V35ATC  Turbo Charged Plane, which is conveniently stored in our hanger less than 5 miles from the ranch.  I was thrilled to make my workday only 9 hours long vs. 16 hours, so I could enjoy some playtime with my munchkin.   My Daddy and Uncle have been IFR Certified Pilots for 30 years or more and love to fly their private plane as a hobby; therefore they keenly flew themselves (company owners), our sales manager and yours truly (sales execution coordinator) to the meeting.

On the way to Renton, we flew above the clouds at 8,000 feet, due to the overcast weather.  However, on our way home the clouds had cleared off and we were able to fly below the clouds a few times at 5,000 feet altitude. I love to fly under the clouds and enjoy the scenery.

Our plane’s call sign is “8425N or 8425 November” and you must use this call sign in the aircraft phonetic alphabet for clarity in aviation voice radio every time. These small plane engines are very noisy and it’s recommended to wear noise cancelling headphones, even though they do flatten out your hairstyle.  But on the other hand, you can listen to all the air chatter and talk amongst each other inside the plane; without yelling.  This air chatter was fascinating to me…there were conversations between the air traffic control tower(ATCT) and pilots, also the pilots talking to other nearby pilots in all different sized planes, both commercial and private.  This AvSpeak is a lot of code talk with aviation terms and abbreviations.  A couple of my favorite terms:

Green Light (approval for landing) or Three Greens; meaning the landing gear is down”

IFR (Instrument Flight Rules)”

VFR (Visual Flight Rules)”

Scud (A low, foglike cloud layer)”

IMC– Instrument Meteorological Conditions (basically you’re in the in clouds)”

You will notice off our left side wing, Mt. Rainier in Washington.  Also, a must while flying is your Ray Ban Aviators… a fashion tip from Top Gun!