Author Archives: Darryl Swenson

About Darryl Swenson

I am a private pilot and amateur photographer. I live in Friday Harbor, Washington. My airplane is a Flight Design CTLS and I keep it in a hangar in Friday Harbor. My flying has taken me up and down the West Coast USA. I am enchanted by the islands and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and the allure of deserts and mountains of the Southwest keep drawing me back to the Four Corners area.

January Potluck A Big Success

Our January SJPA potluck was a big success. Ronnie Metcalfe and Chris Chouinard gave a terriffic talk and slide show about their back-country flying and camping trips to Alaska and Idaho. The narrative was as interesting for the pilots amongst … Continue reading

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Holiday Dinner A Big Success

You can tell by the smiles here that all seventy of us enjoyed a terrific Saturday evening at the annual SJPA Holiday Dinner at the San Juan Island Yacht Club in Friday Harbor. Our featured speaker, Jim Crossley, is shown … Continue reading

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Big Canadian Airliners Over The San Juan Islands

Flying over the pristine San Juan Islands reveals one of the most beautiful and serene expanses a pilot could ever wish for. A weekend pilot might be lulled into forgetting there’s a hotbed of heavy duty commercial aviation swarming overhead. … Continue reading

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Back Home in Friday Harbor!

Southern Utah in October is the best! The grueling part is getting back and forth. I arrived back in FHR yesterday afternoon after an arduous two-day flight from Page AZ (KPGA). Dodging gusty winds and clouds through mountainous terrain gets pretty strenuous. … Continue reading

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Aerials From a Flight Around Lake Powell

We’re still flying around Southern Utah. These are aerial photos of a flight around Lake Powell. Next I am tying down the airplane at the Page Arizona Airport and Carol and I are going to get in our rent-a-car for … Continue reading

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Flying Southern Utah in October. Winds Calm. Visibility Unlimited.

These are shots from a flight in the vicinity of Bryce Canyon. The flying down here has been near perfect. I have joined up with a group of about thirty Flight Design CT’s for an annual fly-in. We are based … Continue reading

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Aerial Photos from Navajo Country

I am settled for a week in Page Arizona. The town of Page was created out of nowhere about fifty years ago as a base camp for the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. It now … Continue reading

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A Contrast to the San Juan Islands – Utah’s High Desert

This is a video of my flight over stark landscapes. I departed Wendover Utah (KENV) and headed southeast. I hopped over a 10,000′ mountain range and headed south in the vicinity of Capital Reef National Park and Grand Staircase / … Continue reading

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Friday Harbor to Southern Utah – Aerial Shots

After breaking out of Western Washington’s fog and overcast, I am now in Wendover Utah and headed south. These are shots from my first two days of my flight. Next stop: Page Arizona (KPGA) where I will be based for … Continue reading

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SJPA Friday Lunch – Sep 26 @ 11:30 AM – Photos from 1,000’ AGL Across Canada!

Join us this Friday Sep 26th at 11:30 AM for our regular End Of The Month Lunch at the Cask and Schooner Restaurant in Friday Harbor. This month’s program will be a presentation by SJPA board member, Darryl Swenson, on … Continue reading

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