Field Report: Greg Crouchley and his SkyRanger

Greg Crouchley is a passionate student pilot. After reading an article about Light Sport Aircraft in the April 2006 issue of Popular Mechanics, Greg packed up some gear and headed off to a flight school to get his license. Upon his return and finding no aircraft to rent in his home state of Rhode Island, he decided to buy and build a SkyRanger LSA.

The airport he flies the SkyRanger from is a small grass strip airpark. He typically camps overnight on the field so that he can log lots of solo time. ForeFlight iPhone Edition is part of Greg’s routine now:

“When I visit the airport, which is an airport community where the folks all around the airport have homes with hangers attached (grass strip), I simply camp there. This way I get a lot of solo hours in the calm evenings and daybreak morning flights.

This is where ForeFlight simply buries every other possible tool. I must run the weather app every half hour (sometimes waking up at night to check it!) watching for VFR. Since I got it, morning fog and of course wind are my two most checked features (599 lb. plane with low wing loading makes for a lot of interesting rides in the bumps). Perfect. To me, all the info I can get, WELL ORGANIZED, is exactly what ADDS to my flight experience.”

Pictures of Greg’s SkyRanger are below. You can view more photos of his completed project online.

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Thanks for the kind words, Greg, and best of luck on your check-ride.