by Sue Ballew
Half Moon Bay Airport is one of the most popular airports among pilots in the Bay Area. It sits on the other side of the hilly terrain south of San Francisco, along side the ocean at the Half Moon Bay Harbor. It originated as a military airport and many people are surprised to learn of its existence.
On any given good weather weekend in the Bay Area, pilots come in numbers to fly along the beautiful, rugged coast, practice a couple of landings, or park at the South end of the airport and walk into town. They like to sample the great restaurants for lunch or do a little local shopping. It feels like you are really getting away from the city when you fly into Half Moon Bay Airport.
Flying with a Service Dog
Hans and his wife Betsy have been passionate and enthusiastic pilots for many years. They own a Cherokee and also Hans favorite, a motor glider, both based at Palo Alto Airport. The controls have been converted so he can fly with his hands only. (I am sure for many of you that are rudder challenged, you probably wonder why all airplanes aren’t rigged this way).
Recently Hans got a service dog, Rilla, who now goes everywhere with him and is his flying companion. If you feel like I do about my dog, what a great thing to be able to take your dog everywhere, especially flying. I hope she likes Mutt Muffs, those cute ear protectors for dogs.