Tom's Flight Dreams

I've topped the winds-swept heights where never Lark or even Eagle flew...


“When they hear of it, he thought, of the Breakthrough, they’ll be wild with joy. How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back…, there’s a reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”


Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Richard Bach, 1970

Where the Long-EZ has taken me

Since getting the Long-EZ, she has taken me all over the US and Canada. So far, we have visited 48 States (missing: AK, HI) and 5 Canadian provinces. Some day, we will visit them all...

Until then, click on the links to the left for the various Fly-Abouts I have taken in Invictus.

Great Flights

I’ve been flying since 1985, and in that time, I have gotten to go all over the US and Canada, seen some incredible sights, and met some memorable people. This page is dedicated to some of those flights.


One aspect of being an airshow pilot that I really enjoyed was the cross-country flying. Often, it was the people I met while stopping for fuel or a rest that were more memorable than the people I met at my destination. It’s not the kind of thing you plan – it just happens.


My first big trip in the Long-EZ was the wandering around the country in 1991. At the time, I termed it the Grand Odyssey, since we had to overcome so many adventures in order to return safely home. It provided the seed of my later voyages.


When I retired from flying airshows, I found that I really missed the traveling and meeting people. To help satisfy that itch, I started the tradition in 2001 of “Going Flyabout”, a concept that I borrowed from the Australian Aborigines who “Go Walkabout”, a 1-2 year odyssey of wandering the land.


I owe special thanks to Kay and the boys for being as understanding while I have taken these trips.