I wonder if there is any possibility in exchanging links/information
between our sites?
http://www.howitflies.com is a directory of aircraft information
organized by type. Individual users can edit/add information as with
It would help us build up our contributor base as well as provide your
users with more information if, when you mention an aircraft type you
hot linked that reference to our article. Here for example is the article for
the 172: http://www.howitflies.com/Cessna-172-Skyhawk (please feel free to
login and contribute you own information, comments and reviews!)
I would be happy to link to you in return.
For my 16th birthday my parents gave me enough time to solo. After that, they said, I was on my own. So, like many before me, I spent weekends working at the local airport (8A6) in exchange for flight time.
On my 17th birthday I was ready for my private practical, but it didn't happen. After waiting most of that day my examiner, a WWII B-25 pilot, suggested that the weather wasn't going to clear, and we scheduled a successful flight later in the week.
After high school I was lucky enough to enter the Naval Academy and later became a pilot and flew the A-6. I have since logged time in gliders, ultralights, a couple of warbirds and taken a tandem hang glider flight. Each type I find offers it own unique joys.
After I left the navy, business, marriage and kids intervened to lead me away from flying. Eventually I got back into it through the CAP, where I do most of my flying now.
I had been working on How It Flies as a personal project on and off for about a year when I made a personal commitment six weeks before Airventure 2008 to finish the site and travel to Oshkosh to let people know about it. I was pleased with the response but still found the content building a very slow process. It was only since I started using Wikipedia articles as a starting point that the site has started to attract a critical mass of readers and contributors.
I don't know if it's a project that will ever be finished, but I hope you enjoy discovering and contributing as much as I do.