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2007 Flight Shows
Operation Brother's Keeper
Classic Pilot Humor
US Virgin Islands
Flight Photos...and More!
followed his dream several years ago and got
his pilot's license. We enjoy taking video
of our trips...then connect the video
to the computer so we can capture those perfect
shots to share. Kick back and take a few virtual adventures with
Dian's First Skydive Jump
I never really had the desire to skydive. But after getting a chance to go up in a small plane with Greg, years ago, it just looked so cool out the windows that I felt I'd love to just fly down to the ground. So Greg gave me that gift on 08/08/08 during a time when I'd been feeling low from dealing with serious family health issues for months. It did my spirit a WORLD of good. Check out the pics and take a virtual dive with me!
Dian skydive pictures
2007 Flight Shows
For all you plane and even car enthusiasts, Greg visited a few antique/classic air and auto shows over the summer. He took lots of great pictures and has posted them as the following links for your enjoyment.
Poplar Grove British Boots n' Bonnets July 15, 2007
2007 Brodhead Pietenpol and Hatz Fly-In July 21, 2007
2007 EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 27-28, 2007
Ever wonder what it's really like to sit in the front seat of
a small plane and land at a major airport? Ride along with Greg as he
lands in Lincoln, Nebraska, October, 2004. Greg is N6931X (Xray).
(Note, you must have Windows
Media play, version 9.0 or higher to view this video and hear the tower chatter in this video. Download
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30, 2004—Greg and Dian Chapman would like to express
their sincere sympathies to the families, friends and fellow
Military Reservists of pilots from
the Westosha Flying Club who lost their lives in the
their twin engine plane this day:
E. Whiteside, 37, of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Vincent
M. Bobowski, 42, of Huntley, Ill.; and Henry F. Grochowske, 48, of
Flight Service Controllers are VITAL!
Click to hear a pilot's panic call to Flight
Service (not Greg!), as he believes he is about to crash...and how
the Flight Service Controllers managed to help him
right his plane to save him from crashing. Recording
of near crash of N9815L near Burlington, WI (MP3 format)...why
we need qualified humans to continue running Flight Service!
Flight Service Controllers!
Note "IFR" means "instrument
flight rules" and "VFR" is "visual flight rules."
Photo, to the right, is of Greg and
Mitch Chapman, posing with N9815L, Greg's Club plane,
during a trip to Palwaukee, while flying Mitch around Chicago,
including a beautiful
night flight around the city. (This is the same plane being flown by the pilot in the above mayday call.)
Operation Brother's Keeper
Please help! Make a donation to help private pilots get the fuel they need to continue with rescue efforts to help storm victims get the supplies they need! Click HERE (Operation Brother's Keeper) for more information and to donate! Greg Chapman is one of these pilots trying to help!
Note! Greg has returned from his efforts to help. Read his pilot's notebook and see pics here: Greg's Hurricane Katrina Relief flights
Commercial flight for business and pleasure
Greg's HQ is in Boston, so he travels there often. I was finally able to make some time to join him. As he worked, I got to tour the city. What a beautiful, historic city! I must share these images!
Flying around Ohio in
a Piper Cherokee Archer
needed to make a run to the Portsmouth,
Ohio area to see Greg's folks. On the
way back, we stopped at Lunken airport
to visit fellow MVP, Steve Rindsberg,
and grab dinner. We decided to stay the
in Mariemount at a beautiful hotel.
Headed out the next morning, but were
forced down by a storm, landing at
Wright Bros airport near Dayton to wait
Skirting another storm front, we finally
get clear weather back through Chicago
Thomas, US Virgin Islands
around the Islands in a Cessna 172
took the usual commercial flights back
down to St. Thomas, a favorite vacation
spot for us. But this time Greg rented
a Cessna to fly us around these incredibly
beautiful islands! See tons of pictures
you're looking for flight pictures
from our trip to Seattle, sorry
disappoint you, but the weather didn't
want to cooperate!<sigh> Greg
did manage to get in a checkride to
rent a plane, but
the weather was so unpredictable (wind/rain/fog)
that we decided against it. Don't wanna
run into a hidden mountain! But we
still had a great time at the MVP
Summit, despite the rotten weather.
in the Woods
Cassy's first flight
to Hayward, Wisconsin with us
you're a dog lover, you'll enjoy seeing
these pics of Cassy's first trip to the
great Northwoods (Hayward, Wisconsin)
and her first swimming lesson. Fun doggie
Cessna flight around Chicago
& Wrigly Field at night
brother, Mitch, also a pilot, came
to town for a meeting and was able
to get some free time to spend with
us. We took him to dinner at The 94th
Aerosquadron restaurant, then took
him for a driving tour of Chicago in
the convertible (great for seeing the
tall buildings) and ended the night
by taking him up to the Signature Room
bar on the 96th floor of the Hancock
building. But the best part,
a couple nights later we took him for
a ride in the Cessna around Chicagofirst
during the day, then Chicago at night.
We even got to sneak a peak at the
Cubs playing a night game at Wrigley!
9/11, new security rules no longer allow
us to take this type of flight. Little
did we know at the time, this was a very
so I'm glad we have these pictures to
remember how carefree life used to be!
Our dog gets her first flying
Flying in a Piper Archer
dog lovers and what's a vacation in a beautifully,
romantic cabin hidden in the northwoods,
by the lake, without your faithful pupster
along? So, it was time to see if Cassy
could handle a plane ride! See how she
in the Clouds
Flying in a Cessna 172
taking off from Historical* Meigs
wanting to fly down to Chicago and pick
me up at Meigs Field in downtown Chicago.
So we made plans, lucked out on the weather,
took off from Meigs and enjoyed a Friday
afternoon playing in the clouds around
Daley trashed Meigs field in 2003 to avoid
over its operation, as he wants to make
it a city park! So in the dark of night,
he sent bulldozers to chop up the field
before anyone could complain! Ahh, Chicago
politics!<sigh> These are some
of the last photos you'll ever
see of someone taking off from Meigs,
as this field is, very sadly, no more!
Driving our Sebring Convertible
we had planned to fly the Cessna down
to Greg's parent's houseMother
Nature had other ideas. Memorial Day
2001, was a thunderstorm festival around
the Midwest. We jumped in the car
so as not to miss a little family reunion
time. It was a nice visit and we captured
some awesome storm pics.
Flying in a Cessna 172
drive to Hayward can be a nice ridethat
is if you're ready for many hours
in a car. Which is one reason why we
hadn't gone there in years. But now we
there in about 2.5 hrs! See why this
area is the Muskie fishing capital of
Flying in a Cessna 172
Traffic in a city like Chicago can be
a real bear. So, thanks to Greg, we have
a better way to tour the city—via
private plane! From southern Wisconsin,
over Lake Michigan, around the city and
back again. What a wonderful ride and
shots of Chicago.
you just gotta get away. Whether
you're interested in traveling to the Virgin
Islands or just love leezzards<grin>—check
out these pics. We hope to go back soon,
but this time rent a plane locally to fly
around and tour the islands! (Which
we did end up doing! See those
Driving our Sebring Convertible
spent my childhood summers in Hayward,
but hadn't been able to make it back
there in 20 years! It's a long drive
and there was always someone who wanted
to go elsewhere. But now, my incredible
new traveling companion, Greg, agreed
it sounded like a great way to spend
a weekend. So off we drove...and back
came the memories.
Anyone who has ever searched out pilot humor
will have already read many of these classic stories. Are they
true? Who cares...they're bound to make you giggle or even laugh out loud...
- San Jose Tower Noted:
"American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able...
If not able, take the Guadeloupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at
the lights and return to the airport."
- Unknown aircraft waiting
in a very long takeoff queue: "I'm f***ing bored!"
Ground Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting,
identify yourself immediately!"
Unknown aircraft: "I said I was f***ing bored, not
- Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared
for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7"
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure.
By the way, after we lifted off we saw some
kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind
Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency
124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern
Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff,
roger; and yes, we copied Eastern... we've
already notified our caterers."
- The German air controllers
at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They
not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how
to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with
some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange
between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call
sign Speedbird 206":
Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird
206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944 -- but
I didn't land."
- O'Hare Approach Control
to a 747: "United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock,
three miles, eastbound."
United 239: "Approach, I've always wanted to say
this... I've got the little Fokker in sight."
- A Pan Am 727 flight waiting for
start clearance in Munich overheard the following:
Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"
Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in
Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane,
in Germany. Why must I speak English?"
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful
British accent): "Because
you lost the bloody war!!"
- While taxiing at London Gatwick,
the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale
made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. An irate female
ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, Screaming:
"US Air 2771, where the hell are you going?! I told you to turn right onto Charlie
taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult
for you to tell the difference between C' and D', but get it right!" Continuing
her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: "God! Now
you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You
stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive
taxi instructions in about half an hour and I want you to go exactly
where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that,
US Air 2771?"
"Yes ma'am," the humbled crew responded.
Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly
silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted
to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of
mind. Tension in every cockpit out in Gatwick was definitely running
Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence
and keyed his microphone, asking: "Wasn't I married
to you once?"
- Captain: (after landing a bit
Ladies and Gentlemen, it's happy hour. You just received two
landings for the price of one.
- A student became lost during
a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the
aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?"
Student: "When I was number one for takeoff".
- "Flight 2341, for noise
abatement turn right 45 degrees."
"But Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"
- An airline pilot wrote
that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into
the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first
officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile,
and give them a "Thanks
for flying XYZ airline." He said that in light of his bad landing,
he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that
someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off
except for this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny,
mind if I ask you a question?" "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot, "what
The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"
- Pilot - "Folks, we have
reached our cruising altitude now, so I am going to switch the
seat belt sign off. Feel free to move about as you wish, but please stay
inside the plane till we land... it's a bit cold outside, and
if you walk on the wings it affects the flight pattern."
- As the plane landed and
was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice comes
over the loudspeaker: "Whoa,
- Attendant: "Last one off
the plane must clean it."
- Heard on Southwest Airlines
just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight
attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I
know what ya'll are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's
fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendants'
fault.....it was the asphalt!"
- Overheard on an American
Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy
and bumpy day. During the final approach the Captain was really having
to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant
came on the PA and announced, "Ladies
and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your
seats with your seatbelts fastened while the Captain taxis what's
left of our airplane to the gate!"
- Another flight Attendant's
comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain
seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."
- After a particularly rough
landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on
a Northwest flight announced: Please take care when opening the overhead
compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything
- Pilot: Weather at our destination is
50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to get
them fixed before we arrive.
- After a real crusher of
a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant came on with, "Ladies and
Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and
the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against
the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells
are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through
the wreckage to the terminal.
- Part of a Flight Attendant's
arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with
us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go
blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we
hope you'll think of us here at USAirways."