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1982 ZENAIR 25O


Photo by Joe Patterson

PILOT STATISTICS FOR MICHAEL LEVY
As Of March 2013

Pilot 27 years
Total Flying Time
Single Engine GA
Ultralight/Taildragger
Glider
Number of Landings
Cross Country
since 1986
1,111 hr
696 hr
410 hr
5 hr
1765
856 hr

CROSS COUNTRY TRIPS
East Coast of Australia (2X)
Over the Australian Great Dividing Range (8X)
Las Cruces, NM to New Orleans
Wisconsin (2X)
Reno, NV
Guaymas, Mexico
Tulsa, OK (14X),
Austin, TX (3X), El Paso, TX
Cedar Rapids, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Tucson, Asheville
Denver, Durango, Boulder, Pagosa Springs, Salida, Alamosa,
Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Moriarty, Socorro, Las Cruces, etc.

SAFE PILOT AWARD
2006-2013 Avemco Insurance Co.

SAFETY COURSES WITH CERTIFICATES AWARDED
FAA Pilot Proficiency Award Program
AOPA Air Safety Foundation

    •  Mountain Flying
    •  Weather Wise - Air Masses and Fronts
    •  Weather Wise - Ceilings and Visibility
    •  Weather Wise - Thunderstorms and Air Traffic Control
    •  Runway Safety
    •  Aging Aircraft
    •  Pneumatic Systems
    •  Engine and Propeller
    •  GPS for VFR Operations
    •  Navigating Today's Airspace
    •  Skyspotter: PIREPS Made easy
    •  A Pilot’s Guide to Flight Service
    •  Say Intentions: When You Need ATC's Help...
    •  Mission: Possible—Navigating Today's Special-Use  Airspace
    • ForeFlight and Stratus for iPad flight planning and navigation
      "I have landed in paddocks, back-country dirt roads, many times on the beach, on steep and short grass strips, over water approaches, etc.

      I have owned 3 airplanes, all of which I have maintained myself, as much as possible.  I totally rebuilt one aircraft myself, flew it for two years, and then sold it."

I have never had a scratch as a passenger in an airplane - except on a commercial airliner from the person sitting next to me getting up to go to the bathroom, or the person in front of me putting their seat all the way back for a 13 hour trans-Pacific flight.  However, I have repeatedly scraped the skin off my semi-bald head - by colliding with the support cables on my Ultralights while walking around them in the hanger!"

"There is no substitute for experience, education, maturity, and good judgement in the world of aviation"
I LOVE FLYING!

"I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty.
That the reasons flyers fly, whether they know it or not,
is the aesthetic appeal of flying."
- Amelia Earhart

 

SPECIFICATIONS  FOR  N250ZP
Designed by Chris Heinz, Zenith Aircraft Co.
Begun 1972 from an engineered factory kit by Robert Phillips, Monroe, WI,
Registered 1982

Engine
Propeller
75% Cruise Speed
Fast Cruise
Modifications
Wing Span
Seats
Fuel Burn
Fuel Capacity
Range
Empty Weight
Maximum Takeoff Weight
Total Payload
Passenger & Baggage Payload
w/full fuel


Lycoming 0320 E2D 160 hp
Sterba Custom Wood 70" d. x 58 degrees
112 knots/129 mph
120 knots/138 mph
Electronic Ignition, Tuned Exhaust
23 ft
2 side-by-side
7 gph
36 gal
4 hr. usable
1075 lb
1696 lb

621 lb

189 lb

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LOCAL SCENERY


TAOS MOUNTAIN and WHEELER PEAK (elevation 13,161 ft.)


Crossing Mosca Pass, Colorado
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Wolf Creek Pass, Blanca Peak, Cotinental Divide
Video Clip - 9 MB


TAOS VALLEY AT SUNSET with Rio Grande Gorge in foreground


THE TOWN OF TAOS (Elevation 7,100 ft.)


THE "TAOS BOX" IN THE RIO GRANDE GORGE


CONFLUENCE OF THE RIO GRANDE and RED RIVERS north of Taos


EAGLE NEST LAKE AT ANGEL FIRE, Elevation 9,380 ft.


THE TOWN OF RED RIVER with LATIR PEAK IN BACKGROUND (elev. 12,734 ft.)


RIO GRANDE CANYON at RINCONADA, Taos County in background

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YOUNG EAGLES

I am the Vice-President, and a charter member of the Taos Mountain Flyers.  We are the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

I have been the chairman of the Young Eagles Flight Rally program from 2006-8.  We give free flights to children between the ages of 8-17 - in order to give back to the community, and promote interest in aviation and aviation careers.  Our local event has been quite successful. This year we took 100 kids for 15 minute flights around the valley on Saturday and Sunday, and gave them T-shirts and a BBQ lunch!


Every Young Eagle recieves a certificate and photo.
The certificate is signed by their pilot and the National Chairman, actor & pilot Harrison Ford ('Indiana Jones')
Photos by Megan Bowers of the Taos News


YOUNG EAGLE & FLYING GRANDSON, SADEL
Photo by Kristin Decker-Levy

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PILGRIMAGE TO OSHKOSH 2006

Every year, in July, the EAA sponsors an annual reunion for airplanes in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  For any self-respecting pilot, this is like going to Mecca.  At least once in your life, you must attend "OSHKOSH".

This is the largest fly-in and air show in the world.  Every afternoon for a week there is an airshow with the best aerobatic, stunt, and formation flyers in the world.  There are exhibits by every possible manufacturer of anything related to aviation, a flea market, seminars and workshops all day long, new aircraft launches, aviation movies, and thousands and thousands of private airplanes.

In 2006, one of my friends from the Ballina, New South Wales Aeroclub flew over to the USA from Australia and accompanied me to fly from New Mexico to Wisconsin for a week.  We camped alongside the plane and walked miles and miles every day, but only saw about half of it!


APPROACH TO OSHKOSH
THIS VIEW DOESN'T SHOW EVEN HALF OF THE LAYOUT = 10,000 AIRPLANES!


THE 'BEACH BOYS' (now in their 70's) PERFORM ON AN OUTDOOR STAGE TO OPEN THE AIRSHOW


CROSSING THE MISSIPPI RIVER


"CROSS THE (NOT SO WIDE) WIDE MISSOURI"


REFUELING STOP


KEITH NEWNHAM, FELLOW PILOT FROM AUSTRALIA
and my faithful companion to Oshkosh

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TRIP TO "BURNING MAN" 2006
for more photos and my description of the event,
GO TO BURNING MAN PAGE


"BURNING MAN" aka BLACK ROCK CITY
40,000 people camping for a week on the salt flats 50 miles north of Reno, Nevada
with an FAA approved temporary airport that hosted 90 airplanes.
I crossed 15 mountain ranges to get there!


ON THE WAY - TOPOGRAPHY NEAR FOUR CORNERS NEW MEXICO


"THE WAVE" - NEAR FOUR CORNERS
probably a Tectonic plate


SKIES AND CLIFFS IN SOUTHEAST UTAH


LANDSCAPE IN S.E. UTAH


AN ARM OF LAKE POWELL ON THE COLORADO RIVER IN SOUTHERN UTAH


A RIDGE IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, REFUELING STOP
GO TO BURNING MAN PAGE

for photos and my article on the event

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CROSS COUNTRIES, ETC.


LONELY IN LIBERAL (KANSAS)


JETHIKER AMBER NOLAN DROPPED IN ALAMOSA
SNOW ON THE RUNWAY AND THE COLDEST PLACE IN THE USA THAT DAY (HIGH 15 DEGREES)

 


DOWNTOWN DENVER



MY MOTHER APPROVES OF THE AIRPLANE,
but she says I should watch my attitude
Photo by Gene Noble


"BAD ATTITUDE"


Photos by Michael Levy
Unless noted otherwise

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