I have not had the opportunity to do a whole lot of flying over the past year or so because of the new job I took at Lighting & Production Equipment in Atlanta. This has certainly taken a tremendous amount of my time and energy. I am, however, now using my college degree, which is Television Production. I’m making pretty good money, for a change, and I am having a lot of fun at the same time. Summer is a slow time in the production business so I thought I would take advantage of the opportunity, knock out a BFR and get reacquainted with flying.


I went down to a new doctors office close Atantas Hartsfield Jackson Airport byTommy Eldridge biannual flight review BFR recommendation of an instructor friend of mine, Shawn Hardin, and upped my medical. I must say that out of all of the offices I have gone, this one takes the prize. Very clean and very professional so if you’re in the Atlanta area then go and visit Dr. Thomas Faulkner, MD.  I will again. 


Tommy Eldridge Cessna 707PDNext, I wanted to check out at one of the local flight schools or flying clubs, being that I don’t own an airplane so that I could just go when I wanted and fly. I chose Superior Flight School at KRYY in Marietta. 98% of my air time has all been in the old faithful, Cessna 172. Some of the local clubs and school have a few more options for aircraft but, for the most part, it’s the 172. It’s a very good bang for its buck, It’s very reliable and, not to mention, forgiving. Additionally, my BFR is coming up due in November so no better time than now to freshen up. 


I finally had the opportunity to go spend a few hours with an instructor last Saturday. We flew a 2000 Cessna model 172S with a KLN 94. I explained that I needed to both check out and to take care of my BFR. We went through the oldTommy Eldridge checking out in Cessna 707PD routine of standard, soft field and short field takeoffs and lands, power on and power off stalls, steep turns (my favorite) turn around a point and a little bit of pilot dead reckoning (among a few other tasks as well). Once back at the airport, he spent some time drilling me on the Far/Aim, charts, and navigation. At the end of the day, my instructor was happy with my performance and I now have another airplane to fly.    


Well, It’s time for one of those $100 hamburgers with the guys. There is simply nothing better than the smell of 100LL in the morning and the view from 3000 feet. Come on, let’s fly! 


Safe skies to all,
Tommy Eldridge


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Time for a Fly-In


Mike Mendenhall

Any pilots in the US Southeastern states:
We are having a fly-in at the Triple Tree Aerodrome to observe the Solar total eclipse on August 20 and 21st. Triple Tree is in the path of totality and should be a great place to watch this once in a lifetime event!
Here is more info on the event:

AUGUST 20-22, 2017
Ok, you’re tired of doing the same old $100 hamburger run but you’re just itching to fly somewhere new and experience something different. How about a once in a lifetime experience…… at a once in a lifetime place, celebrated with hundreds of your best flying buddies? 

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Triple Tree aerodrome

Here’s the Fly-In deal, on August 21, 2017, in the early afternoon, there’s going to be a total eclipse of the sun and Triple Tree will be almost directly under the path of the moon’s shadow! That means that it’s going to be “lights out” for about two and a half minutes during mid-day! Triple Tree will be one of the very best places in the world to experience this incredible event. Ideally, the experts tell us, to best view the eclipse, you need a clear view of the sky. Well, at Triple Tree, everywhere you look is SKY! 

We’re going to open the field on Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. for fly-in arrivals. Our world-class facilities will be open and non- premium camping spots will be available on a first come-first served basis. Please come prepared with food and drinks. We will have ice and bottled water available. Sunday evening will be a great time to visit and socialize with all of your old and new flying buddies. We’ll have a bar open at the hangar and it’ll be a great social event! Monday evening, after the eclipse, there will be a barbecue dinner at the main hangar and adult beverages will be available. We may just bring out Tempus Fugit, our fabulous TF-51, for a celebratory fly-by! Departures should be planned before noon on Tuesday, August 22.


So, how much is this going to cost you? We’ve decided that the normal admission and camping fees will be waived. In place of those fees, we’ll be asking for a donation. The only fixed prices will be for meals and our premium campsites. Meals and prices are as follows

  • Sunday evening -$8- bring your own grilling meat. We’ll provide grills, salad, green beans, and drinks.
    * Monday morning -$12- full breakfast catered by local favorite “A Taste of Home”.
    * Monday lunch – $TBD – Hot dogs and hamburger lunch
    * Monday evening -$25 Barbeque dinner
    * Tuesday morning-$12- full breakfast catered by local favorite “A Taste of Home”  

The only camping sites that may be reserved are our premium sites (60 amp electrical and water) and we will ask for a minimum donation of $250 for these. Persons reserving these premium sites will be able to bring their recreational vehicles on-site up to two days before the event for setup. On-line reservations will be available soon for these sites at Please note that there is a limited number of premium sites available. Another camping site availability is virtually unlimited.
Remember, Tripe Tree is a 501(c)3 non-profit so your donation may be tax deductible. Every cent donated to Triple Tree ultimately goes directly towards our efforts to “Ignite and Expand the Passion for Aviation” with local schools, scout groups, CAP cadets and others. 
We truly hope you will join us at the Triple Tree for this incredible fly-in experience. We promise it will “eclipse” any $100 hamburger you’ve ever had!


Tommy Eldridge – Private Pilot

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First Solo

Joe Sarber, FBO manager at Silver Comet Field, (The Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport in Dallas, Georgia, KPUJ) is doing his first solo towards his private Pilot Licences.

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Paratrooper Training at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport

The Paulding county airport (Silver Comet Field) hosted a paratrooper training exercise for the United States Military. Airport director Blake Swafford talks about the economical benefit for both the airport and for the citizens of Paulding county.

Video by:
Tommy Eldridge

Special thanks to:
Blake Swafford
Joe Sarber
The Paulding county airport
The United States Military

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Commercializing the Paulding NorthWest Atlanta Airport

Commercializing the Paulding NorthWest Atlanta Airport

The Paulding NorthWest Atlanta airport vs. Silver comet field vs. the Paulding county residences.

Disagreement has been a part of life since the beginning of mankind. As far back as you can go in time you will find many types of disputes in an array of topics. People will form an opinion and/or ideas that won’t always attract 100% support among all parties involved.  This is something that we can all see in our current administration and their introduction of the new “Affordable Care Act” aka “Obama Care”. There are certainly a ton of different views points that have surfaced over this matter.

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One such dispute (not quit on the same scale) has begun in my home town with the introduction of transitioning our local airport, the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport to the Silver Comet Field. The proposal will transform the airport from a general aviation airport to a commercial airport offering commercial flights to some major designated tourist towns.

This proposal, however, has sparked major debate from both supporters and non-supporters in the area. Some of the local residence have started the Face book page “Stop Paulding County Airport Expansion” and the web page and Likewise, pro-airport petitioners have started a Face book page in support at “Support Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport”.  1385638_461889487253459_1984920441_n

Personally I can see both pros and cons of this intended venture. Supporters claim that it will bring jobs and will also help to stimulate local economy while non-supporters claim a decrease in home value and a rise in taxes. Because I am close friends with some parties from both sides I am not going to share my personal feelings. I will say, however, that I see holes in the claims of both sides.

If you live or have lived close to a commercial airport I would like to know your thoughts and experiences of that time. Did you see job grow? Did the property value drop or increase? What other changes did you recognize that could be associated with the commercial airport?

Thank you reading. Please give me your feed back

Tommy Eldridge

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3rd class medical

It’s time for my 3rd class medical.

Well it’s about that time again to get my 3rd class aviation medical examination. I have always had to get one every two years even after the law changed allowing anyone under 40 to extend their visit to once every 5 years. I guess it’s not that bad of a deal, however. I have a small, one doctor medical office I have been using formedical years which caters in part to the aviation field. During my previous visits I have met commercial pilots from both Delta and AirTran as I have sat waiting for my results. I have not fortunately had to experience a 2nd or even 1st class exam yet as I do not fly for compensation.

I have a fond memory which comes back to mind every time I go. I will never forget my first time. I had expected a thorough physical complete with blood work and everything. After all, I would be at the yoke of an aircraft possibility carrying passengers. I would have other people’s lives in my hands. People who at times would have no idea how to land that plane if something were to happen to me so I must be fit!

973d9fba3ca7b729cb5943fe112992d1As I sat in the waiting room of the doctor’s office I somehow expected it to be a little different but, it was nothing more than my general practitioners office. I remember the Doctor, he loved to talk airplanes although I didn’t respond too much then because of my lack of aviation knowledge (not that I know that much now). The test was pretty cut and dry. He asked me how I felt, asked me to read an eye chart and that was about the extent of it…….. Boy, did I feel like I got my monies worth, LOL.

I have to say that the doctor that I use now does a much better job. It’s still to me not an adequate test but, coupled with a yearly physical at my personal physician’s office I can fly more comfortably.

If you have a funny or interesting medical exam story I would like to hear it. Please post it at the bottom and if you have enjoyed this post then please consider sharing. Thank you for taking the time to read.


Thank you,
Tommy Eldridge
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Tragedy in Georgia

A Tragedy in Georgia


24246334_BG4It is always sad to hear of any aircraft mishaps especially when it results in a fatality but it seems a little more personal when it’s in your own back yard.

There was 2 fatalities in a small private jet crash northwest of Atlanta on Tuesday night December 17th. That is just a few short mile east of my home airport, The Paulding Northwest Atlanta airport.

According to the FAA, the flight departed from the Fulton County Airport and was headed for the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The aircraft was a Raytheon 390 Premier jet which crashed just after 7 p.m.

A Medical Examiner identified one of the victims as Peter Mallen, 67, of Atlanta. Peter was CEO of the Norcross-based Mallen Industries. The second victim was identified as Brittany McAuley, 23, of New York and a former Emory University student.

It looked as if it was headed straight towards some local homes but according to an eye witness it appeared as if the pilot made a deliberate turn to the left just before the plane hit the trees. No homes were struck by the plane according to the fire department.

Officials are still currently investigating the cause of the crash.Raytheon-390-Premier


Tommy Eldridge

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Strange weather.

Strangest Weather on Earth, Panhandle Helicopter segment

This is not my video but thought it to be fascinating so I wanted to share

Has anyone ever seen this in person?

Thanks for watching,
Tommy Eldridge

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