AviatorCast Episode 104: Wisconsin Fall Flying


Today’s Flight Plan

I just got back from a business trip in Wisconsin for the fall. I’ve done my CFI in Wisconsin in May, and attended AirVenture many times in July, but never did spend time in Wisconsin in Fall.

First off, Redbird Migration was on the list. This is a gathering of like-minded aviation training professionals. During the event we share the newest techniques, hear from speakers, and attend break-out sessions.

Next, I flew up through Door Country to Washington Island where Jessica Voruda and I explored. On a stop on the way back, we found someone had landed gear up. Overall, it was a day of great scenery, grass landings, and good food. That night I also got to see a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient speak at the EAA Museum.

The following day we flew down to Hartford where we visited CubAir Flight. CubAir specializes in training with J3 Cubs. My friend was celebrating his 10 years as a PPL on that very day, so we celebrated by flying Cubs. Later, after a failed attempt at dinner, I’d have a harrowing experience getting my night currency.

The biggest day came last when we visited Wausau to the north, to see John Chmiel and fly in Orange Roughy. It was a blast to fly in a WWII airplane, and see the great culture surrounding that airport. Certainly one of the coolest FBOs I’ve ever been in. That night we attended the gala for the 2017 inductees into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.

Overall, it was a trip jam-packed with unique aviation experiences.

Useful Links

Redbird Simulations
Jessica Voruda
Washington Island
CubAir Flight
Wausau (John Chmiel and Orange Roughy)



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Hey Chris, I love the podcast. You and I share a common timeline regarding our flying training. I have been flying for several years and last year decided to get my commercial license. Listening to your podcast lined up perfectly with my commercial check-ride. Hearing you go through similar successes and struggles kept me going. When you finished your CFI I was preparing for my own CFI certificate. I am now working as a CFI in Virginia and it is amazing to share my love of aviation with my students. I came to learn a few things in the past few months. While going through training the focus was on my own flying. Now the focus is on giving my students a positive flight training experience. Your passion and enthusiasm for aviation is a great thing and I hope I can do the same for my students. keep up the good work and I hope to hear more great podcasts in the future.


I love to see instructors that have that same passion! I think it should be a prerequisite for instructors. Some of my best flying moments ever have simply been seeing students make breakthroughs. There’s just nothing quite like that feeling of helping someone get something that I love so much.

Thanks for the wonderful note! Look forward to hearing more from you.

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