“Off Limits?” Greg’s April, 2018 Flying Carpet column

Adventures in restricted airspace

Restricted airspace is something we pilots study and then studiously avoid.

Fortunately, it’s limited enough in most places to easily bypass. But here in the Intermountain West, huge swaths of the stuff can dictate 100-mile detours.

Jean and I regularly experience this flying from Flagstaff to Alamogordo, New Mexico to visit family. To bypass 135 miles of restricted airspace encompassing White Sands Missile Range, we must steer east past Socorro and then 90 miles south, or southeast to El Paso and turn north.

Normally we take the shorter northern route. But when weather recently shrouded northern New Mexico, we launched via El Paso.

En route, we reflected on restricted-airspace lessons we’ve learned

**Read Greg’s entire column, OFF LIMITS?“**

Photo: Arizona Highway 85, viewed from 100 feet.

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)

Greg

©2018 Gregory N. Brown

“Cloud Wings,” Greg’s March, 2018 Flying Carpet column

Earning your wings requires hand-eye coordination, but instrument flying (IFR) is a brain game.

Yes, mastering flight by tiny needles is tough, but navigation, holds, and approaches are exciting and fun. And while IFR may be the hardest rating, it’s also the most safety-enhancing, rewarding, and practical. When I earned my cloud wings forty years ago this month, my flight-completion rate doubled overnight to over 90%.

Instrument flying, of course, gets you where you’re going without sight of the ground, and “instrument approaches” deliver you safely to landing.

As with VFR cross-countries, instrument flight plans are crafted around checkpoints, but using predefined fixes from an IFR chart. These days, thanks to GPS and moving maps, we can fly great distances and shoot programmed instrument approaches almost as readily as by looking out the window.

But it wasn’t always that easy…

**Read Greg’s entire column, CLOUD WINGS“**

Photo: GPS Runway 3 LPV instrument approach to Flagstaff, Arizona.

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)

Greg

©2018 Gregory N. Brown

Poppies and Pinecones: Greg’s latest Fine Art Photography Metal Prints

Flower Power!

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I photographed “Bradshaw Mountains Poppies” north of Phoenix near Black Canyon City, Arizona.

c2017GregoryNBrown_BradshawMtnsPoppies_7092e24x36Smw1200Nowhere is the power of numbers more boldly reflected than in these fields of Mexican and Golden poppies captured from a mile in the air. (Available in both horizontal and vertical formats.)

See all my latest “Views from the Flying Carpet” aerial Fine Art Metal Prints, including “Cloud Quilt,” “Earthbound Rainbow”, “Flaming Autumn Aspens,” and a new vertical crop of my iconic, “Sunset Rains.” (I’ve received numerous requests for that image to fit vertical spaces, but it took me awhile to get it just right.)

The Great New Year’s Pine Cone Drop!

And here’s my latest “Down to Earth” terrestrial Fine Art Metal Print, “The Great Pine Cone Drop,” celebrating New Year’s at downtown Flagstaff’s historic Old Weatherford Hotel.

See all my latest “Down to Earth” prints including, “Supermoon Rises over Kachina Wetlands.”

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Many thanks to all who have invested in my photography products to date, including Fine Art Metal Prints, Photographic Wall Calendars, and Pilot Achievement Plaques.
Happy New Year!
Greg

Celebrating five years since Greg’s first solo fine art print exhibition

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Wow! Five years have already passed since my first solo “Views from the Flying Carpet” photography exhibition.

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Thank you, friend, fellow pilot, and Master Printer Richard Jackson (above left) for starting me down this path, and former Northern Arizona University College of Arts & Letters Dean Michael Vincent for inviting this first solo exhibition that led to numerous others.

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And a special thanks to all you good folks who have supported my passions for flying and photography by investing in my Views from the Flying Carpet and “Down to Earth” series Collector Prints and Fine Art Metal Prints, Pilot Achievement Plaques, and Photographic Wall Calendars since then!

Here’s wishing you the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years for 2018!

Greg

Discounts on Greg’s 2018 photo wall calendars!

Check current publisher discounts on my 2018 Photographic Wall Calendars here.

All-new 2018 “Views from the Flying Carpet” Photo Wall Calendars

Check out my all-new 2018 “Views from the Flying Carpet” aerial photo wall calendars, filled with my latest aviator’s-eye views from around the country.

This calendar comes in two sizes,* featuring some of my latest aerial photographs from my “Views from the Flying Carpet” series of Fine Art Metal Prints.

Both calendar sizes feature exceptional image quality suitable for framing!

 

 

 

2018 “Views from the Flying Carpet Greatest Hits” Photo Wall Calendars

new 2013 Lulu FC oversize wall calendar-frontHere are my “Views from the Flying Carpet Greatest Hits” aerial photo wall calendars, filled with my favorite aviator’s-eye views from around the country.

This “Greatest Hits” version comes in two sizes, featuring some of my most popular aerial photographs from my “Views from the Flying Carpet” series of Fine Art Metal Prints.

2015 Lulu FC Greatest Hits standard wall calendar-frontBoth calendar sizes feature exceptional image quality suitable for framing!

Note that because these photographs represent my most popular images to date, all have appeared in previous-year calendars.

2018 “Views from Flagstaff” Photo Wall Calendars

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These calendars feature some of my favorite photographs shot in and around our beloved Flagstaff, Arizona, including several from my “Down to Earth” series of Fine Art Metal Prints.

Among them are photographs of historic downtown Flagstaff including the landmark Weatherford and Monte Vista hotels, the San Francisco Peaks, 2015 Lulu FC Greatest Hits standard wall calendar-frontCoconino County Fair, seasonal views of summer sunflowers and autumn aspens, and Flagstaff’s famed New Years “Great Pinecone Drop!”

(Previous buyers note that this year’s “Views from Flagstaff” calendars contain the same great photos as last year’s.)

2018 “Views from Japan” Photo Wall Calendars

2014 Japan oversize wall calendar-frontOnce again, I’m also offering my terrestrial, Views from Japan” photographic wall calendars.

Although a departure from my aerial persona, Jean and I have been so taken with Japan’s beauty and character during our travels that I can’t resist sharing special images from there.

This is one country you must make plans to visit! And once seeing the included photographs, I suspect you’ll agree.

2014 Lulu Japan standard wall calendar-frontIncluded are amazing views of Kyoto’s and Nara’s exquisite temples, Matsumoto Castle, Osaka’s Dotombori Entertainment District, a Shinto wedding at Miyajima Island, Tokyo’s Ginza District, and Ogimachi Historic Town.

(Previous buyers note that this year’s “Views from Japan” calendars contain the same great photos as in prior years.)

2018 “Views from Korea” Photo Wall Calendars

2014 Japan oversize wall calendar-frontCheck out my “Views from Korea” photographic wall calendars!

Included are amazing photographs taken in the Republic of [South] Korea, little-known among Americans, with its fascinating blend of old and new.

Lulu Korea standard wall calendar-front copySee Seoul’s renowned Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gunsan’s Barley Festival, traditional Korean horsemen in Jeonju, Gochang-eup Fortress, and more troubling, North Korea viewed from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Joint Security Area.

(Previous buyers note that this year’s “Views from Korea” calendars contain the same great photos as in prior years.)

2018 “Well, I’ll Be!” Photo Wall Calendars

2015 Lulu FC Greatest Hits standard wall calendar-frontCheck out my 2017 “Well, I’ll Be!” Photo Wall Calendar, featuring some of my wackier photographs.

I created this calendar primarily to hang over my own desk, but can pretty much guarantee you a monthly smile when you change pages!

(Available only in Standard size. Previous buyers note that this year’s “Well, I’ll Be!” calendar contains the same great photos as in previous years.)

Click on each calendar image to preview and order, or visit my Calendar Store!

(To preview monthly calendar pages, click “preview” under the picture on the individual calendar page.)

*Calendar Sizes and Pricing

Each full-color 12-month wall calendar series comes in two sizes:

  • Standard 11″x17″ for $19.95** (8.5″x11″ images).
  • Premium oversize 13.5″x19″ for $29.95** (9.5″x13.5″ monthly images).

Photos for a given calendar are similar in both formats except for cover image and size.

What a great way for you and your lucky gift recipients to celebrate each month of the new year!

Greg

**NOTES:

  • All calendars can be shipped directly to you, or to others as gifts.
  • Shipping and sales tax (if applicable) are additional.
  • ***CHECK HERE FOR CURRENT PUBLISHER DISCOUNTS!

©2017 Gregory N. Brown

“Dark, Scary Night,” Greg’s January, 2018 Flying Carpet column

 

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“Beware—the airport you fly into every day is not the same airport at night,” my friend Donna Wood observed last year.

As a new private pilot, Wood had invested in a Cessna 182 and launched on ambitious regular flights between her Detroit home and Charleston, South Carolina, where she has family and business.

Wood is exceptionally careful and diligent, but 18 months after earning her wings, she’d experienced a scare. Battling u
nforecast headwinds from South Carolina with her nonpilot husband, Roger, the couple had arrived home after dark.

“I was legally night current,” Wood said the next morning, “but wasn’t planning on night flight.” Her first challenge was finding urban Oakland/Troy Airport (VLL) under Detroit Class Bravo airspace, landlocked by obstacles and buildings. “All I saw were lights, everywhere.” Then, on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, the runway lights—activated by a previous aircraft—went out.

Rattled, she keyed the mic too quickly to reactivate them. Fortunately, her former CFI Wayne Hendrickson was waiting to help hangar the airplane, and triggered the lights with his handheld radio.

Now flustered, Wood turned final for Troy’s obstructed 3,549-foot runway, high and too fast. So, she went around. But this time she flew downwind too near the runway and overshot final, destabilizing her approach. This began a dangerous chain of events…

**Read Greg’s entire column, DARK, SCARY NIGHT“**

Photo: “Detroit’s Oakland Troy Airport is surrounded by obstructions, thought-provoking even in daytime.”

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)

Greg

©2017 Gregory N. Brown

Introducing Greg’s 2018 photo wall calendars!

All-new 2018 “Views from the Flying Carpet” Photo Wall Calendars

Check out my all-new 2018 “Views from the Flying Carpet” aerial photo wall calendars, filled with my latest aviator’s-eye views from around the country.

This calendar comes in two sizes,* featuring some of my latest aerial photographs from my “Views from the Flying Carpet” series of Fine Art Metal Prints.

Both calendar sizes feature exceptional image quality suitable for framing!

 

2018 “Views from the Flying Carpet Greatest Hits” Photo Wall Calendars

new 2013 Lulu FC oversize wall calendar-frontHere are my “Views from the Flying Carpet Greatest Hits” aerial photo wall calendars, filled with my favorite aviator’s-eye views from around the country.

This “Greatest Hits” version comes in two sizes, featuring some of my most popular aerial photographs from my “Views from the Flying Carpet” series of Fine Art Metal Prints.

2015 Lulu FC Greatest Hits standard wall calendar-frontBoth calendar sizes feature exceptional image quality suitable for framing!

Note that because these photographs represent my most popular images to date, all have appeared in previous-year calendars.

2018 “Views from Flagstaff” Photo Wall Calendars

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These calendars feature some of my favorite photographs shot in and around our beloved Flagstaff, Arizona, including several from my “Down to Earth” series of Fine Art Metal Prints.

Among them are photographs of historic downtown Flagstaff including the landmark Weatherford and Monte Vista hotels, the San Francisco Peaks, 2015 Lulu FC Greatest Hits standard wall calendar-frontCoconino County Fair, seasonal views of summer sunflowers and autumn aspens, and Flagstaff’s famed New Years “Great Pinecone Drop!”

(Previous buyers note that this year’s “Views from Flagstaff” calendars contain the same great photos as last year’s.)

2018 “Views from Japan” Photo Wall Calendars

2014 Japan oversize wall calendar-frontOnce again, I’m also offering my terrestrial, Views from Japan” photographic wall calendars.

Although a departure from my aerial persona, Jean and I have been so taken with Japan’s beauty and character during our travels that I can’t resist sharing special images from there.

This is one country you must make plans to visit! And once seeing the included photographs, I suspect you’ll agree.

2014 Lulu Japan standard wall calendar-frontIncluded are amazing views of Kyoto’s and Nara’s exquisite temples, Matsumoto Castle, Osaka’s Dotombori Entertainment District, a Shinto wedding at Miyajima Island, Tokyo’s Ginza District, and Ogimachi Historic Town.

(Previous buyers note that this year’s “Views from Japan” calendars contain the same great photos as in prior years.)

2018 “Views from Korea” Photo Wall Calendars

2014 Japan oversize wall calendar-frontCheck out my “Views from Korea” photographic wall calendars!

Included are amazing photographs taken in the Republic of [South] Korea, little-known among Americans, with its fascinating blend of old and new.

Lulu Korea standard wall calendar-front copySee Seoul’s renowned Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gunsan’s Barley Festival, traditional Korean horsemen in Jeonju, Gochang-eup Fortress, and more troubling, North Korea viewed from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Joint Security Area.

(Previous buyers note that this year’s “Views from Korea” calendars contain the same great photos as in prior years.)

2018 “Well, I’ll Be!” Photo Wall Calendars

2015 Lulu FC Greatest Hits standard wall calendar-frontCheck out my 2017 “Well, I’ll Be!” Photo Wall Calendar, featuring some of my wackier photographs.

I created this calendar primarily to hang over my own desk, but can pretty much guarantee you a monthly smile when you change pages!

(Available only in Standard size. Previous buyers note that this year’s “Well, I’ll Be!” calendar contains the same great photos as in previous years.)

Click on each calendar image to preview and order, or visit my Calendar Store!

(To preview monthly calendar pages, click “preview” under the picture on the individual calendar page.)

*Calendar Sizes and Pricing

Each full-color 12-month wall calendar series comes in two sizes:

  • Standard 11″x17″ for $19.95** (8.5″x11″ images).
  • Premium oversize 13.5″x19″ for $29.95** (9.5″x13.5″ monthly images).

Photos for a given calendar are similar in both formats except for cover image and size.

What a great way for you and your lucky gift recipients to celebrate each month of the new year!

Greg

**NOTES:

  • All calendars can be shipped directly to you, or to others as gifts.
  • Shipping and sales tax (if applicable) are additional.
  • CHECK CURRENT PUBLISHER DISCOUNTS ON MY 2018 PHOTOGRAPHIC WALL CALENDARS HERE.

©2017 Gregory N. Brown

“We’re So Vain,” Greg’s December, 2017 Flying Carpet column

“You’re So Vain…you flew your Learjet…to see the total eclipse of the sun,” taunted my friend Tom Lippert from the old Carly Simon song.

We laughed because he and his wife Laurel had just flown their Cessna 182, Henry, from Truckee, California, to meet our Flying Carpet in Hailey, Idaho for this year’s celestial event. Jean and I had originally planned to fly to Oregon, but amid predictions of gridlocked airports and roads I’d phoned Laurel and Tom, asking if and where they planned to view the eclipse.

“Greg, that’s three months away!” Laurel had chuckled. But upon learning that hotels and airport ramps were already filling, she proposed we rendezvous in Sun Valley where friends would loan us their condo. For 38 years, Jean has endured stories about the time I flew to Canada for a mid-winter total solar eclipse, on a weekend she had to work. (Flying Carpet, March, 2002) Now, finally, I hoped to share the experience with her.

As media hype grew, however, so did our concerns. Would there be room to land and park? Would the weather cooperate? Could we count on ground transportation? Should we bring groceries, assuming restaurants would be full and stores empty?

Then there was the route—traversing high mountains across Arizona, Utah, and Idaho, and transitioning Salt Lake City’s mountain-ringed Class Bravo airspace

**Read Greg’s entire column, WE’RE SO VAIN“**

Top Photo: “Tom and Laurel Lippert eclipse-watching with Greg and Jean, at Galena Summit, Idaho.” Lower Photo: “Colander holes cast multiple images of the pre-totality eclipse.” SEE MORE PHOTOS!

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)

Greg

©2017 Gregory N. Brown

Greg’s latest Fine Art Photography Prints and news

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“Cloud Quilt:” Clouds reflect on multicolored evaporation ponds, Great Salt Lake, Utah, photographed from the Flying Carpet, homeward bound from Idaho following the recent total solar eclipse.
For more on my latest print offerings, check out my latest Photography e-Newsletter.
 Along with “Cloud Quilt,” see my latest “Views from the Flying Carpet” aerial Fine Art Metal Prints, including “Earthbound Rainbow”, “Flaming Autumn Aspens,” and a new vertical crop of my iconic, “Sunset Rains.” (I’ve received numerous requests for that image to fit vertical spaces, but it took me awhile to get it just right.)

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See also my latest “Down to Earth” terrestrial prints, including “Supermoon Rises over Kachina Wetlands.”
For this and more photo news check out my Photography e-Newsletter.
Thanks to all for your continuing support!
Greg

“Planning Someday” Greg’s June, 2017 Flying Carpet column

Crossing the continent by Flying Carpet

Jean and I recently flew North America from Arizona to Illinois, Michigan, Quebec, Massachusetts, and back.

Following such journeys, aviator friends always ask, “How do you pull off these long trips? Someday I want to do that!”

Along with budget and time constraints, that nebulous “someday” often arises from fear of the unknown. Any competent private pilot has the technical skills to execute such flights.

Here’s how we tackle cross-the-continent flights from the human side.

**READ MY JUNE COLUMN, PLANNING SOMEDAY**

Photo: “Tying down at dusk at Aurora, Illinois (KARR) following the long fight from Arizona.”

Don’t miss these PHOTOS FROM ACROSS THE CONTINENT!

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)

Greg

©2017 Gregory N. Brown