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First_Name:
Rico
State:
OH
Date:
02/03/2004
Time:
04:00 PM

Comments

For a good read with the DC-3 at its core, try "Gooney Bird" by Rick Byam, a former DC-3 driver. Copies available at: www.1stbooks.com. Just type in the name of the book or the author's name for a sample.


First_Name:
Richard
State:
FL
Date:
02/16/2004
Time:
08:51 PM

Comments

I am retired now; but, have had a relationship with the Gooney bird almost from the begininng of it's existance. I would be interested in finding a website that I might be able to visit and help others with questions I might be able to answer. I ended my career with the Regional office in Atlanta, Ga. and investigated aircraft accidents for many years; but, I never lost my attraction to the DC-3.


First_Name:
Lee
State:
GA
Date:
02/29/2004
Time:
10:07 PM

Comments

I got my DC-3 Type Rating in N143D and loved every minute of it. She's a great bird run by a first class operation. It was well worth every nickel and more! Also, Dan Gryder is without a doubt one of the best instructors I have had in my 32 years of General Aviation, Military, and Part 121 flying.


First_Name:
Lee
State:
GA
Date:
02/29/2004
Time:
10:08 PM

Comments

I got my DC-3 Type Rating in N143D and loved every minute of it. She's a great bird run by a first class operation. It was well worth every nickel and more! Also, Dan Gryder is without a doubt one of the best instructors I have had in my 32 years of General Aviation, Military, and Part 121 flying.


First_Name:
George
State:
AK
Date:
03/02/2004
Time:
03:00 PM

Comments

Got my rating in May 2003 and had a blast. Dan does everything possible to make the experience fun and informative, from the pickup at Atlanta airport to the beer at the end of a day's training. A part of aviation history not to be missed.


First_Name:
vic holtzinger
State:
TX
Date:
03/06/2004
Time:
04:14 PM

Comments

i hope to get to see your dc-3,and maybe sit in pilots seat,i have a private pilots license from when i was in my 20's,always wanted to fly a dc-3; i fly now on MSFS with a virtual airline,DC-3 Airways.i love the dc-3,to me it is the most beautiful airplane ever made.


First_Name:
Scott
State:
CA
Date:
03/11/2004
Time:
03:26 PM

Comments

I got my type rating in N143D back in May of 2003 and had a truly enjoyable experience with a grand old lady, the DC-3, that is. Dan was very helpful and patient with a guy who didn't have much tailwheel time. There is nothing like crusing along in the left seat of a DC-3 on a warm May afternoon at 1,500 feet with the cockpit window open.


First_Name:
Tom
State:
FL
Date:
03/12/2004
Time:
10:36 AM

Comments

I also flew N143D. I didnt get a rating or anything, but the chance to make some takeoffs and landings in a DC-3 was a treat I could not pass up. Dan has a great facility and he really goes out of his way to make sure you have a great time. I Highly recommend.


First_Name:
stanley
State:
OK
Date:
03/15/2004
Time:
08:54 AM

Comments

Very enjoyable training...The "Gator" flew great and the southern hospitality was wonderful. Many thanks.....Stan


First_Name:
DONALD OAKES
State:
State
Date:
04/01/2004
Time:
03:08 PM

Comments

I HAVE A[FOND MEMORY OF MY PLANE RIDE OFF THE ISLAND OF IWO JIMA IN MARCH OF 1945.[DC-3 AND OTHER PLANES TOOK MANY INJURED MARINES TO HOSPITALS SOUTH OF THE ISLAND.THEY FLEW ME BACK TO GUAM,AND WAS IN A ARMY HOSPITAL NEAR ALARGE BAY.LATER LEFT BY SHIP TT TO THE "OAKLAND NAVY HOSPITAL." A MEMORY IN MY YOUNG LIFE I'LL NEVER FOTGET.IF YOU EVER GET OVER THIS WAY,LAND AT THE [CLINTON AIRPORT IN ARKANSAS. GIVE ME A CALL,[501/745-8104]donald0@ozarkisp.net ] 4/01/04 at 2:08 PM


First_Name:
Carlos
State:
NC
Date:
04/01/2004
Time:
03:55 PM

Comments

Shortly after I soloed on January 14, 1984, I told my first CFI of two goals I had set for myself. One was to someday have the captain of a Concorde sign my pilot's logbook while I was in the cockpit above FL 500. On May 2, 1992,on board G-BOAB between JFK and LHR, speeding along at Mach 2.0, at FL 562, British Airways Captain Alan Harkness allowed one of this pilot's dreams to become a reality. The other dream was some day to earn a type rating in a DC-3 so, even if only for a few tenths, I could act as PIC on one of the best airplanes ever built. I don't yet have a multi-engine rating and may find that a DC-3 to be more of an airplane that I might want to handle. However, I am looking forward to a date in late April 2004 when N143D and I will be able to introducing ourselves to each other. Hopefully, with her blessing and understanding, N143D will allow that second dream to become a reality.


First_Name:
Steve
State:
NC
Date:
05/08/2004
Time:
06:59 PM

Comments

Best thing I ever did.


First_Name:
fred
State:
IL
Date:
05/20/2004
Time:
11:54 AM

Comments

Great to see a great plane still fly.


First_Name:
Warren
State:
OH
Date:
05/24/2004
Time:
08:30 PM

Comments

For people like me, a pilot and aviation enthusiast, Dan Gryder along with his DC-3, N143D, provide a rare and great opportunity........To fly the DC-3 from the left seat! After meeting Dan you quickly become aware that he is a person who really enjoys doing what he does and he is very good at it. He puts a great deal of effort into making your DC-3 flying as good as it can get. Because of this, it is a very pleasant experience. Many thanks Dan, I hope to see you and the "Darla Dee" again.


First_Name:
Dr. Joe
State:
NH
Date:
06/09/2004
Time:
08:38 PM

Comments

I am really looking forward to flying the DC-3 in December. Will contact you before hand to get the details. Have been studying the manual almost faithfully. Regards


First_Name:
Lorena
State:
GA
Date:
09/23/2004
Time:
10:51 PM

Comments

MANY THANKS to Dan Gryder for donating his private plane and his services to fly animals, victims of the hurricanes, from Florida to safety here in GA. Thanks for his compassion towards animals!!! I wish we had more people like him in this world... it would be a much better place.


First_Name:
Carlos
State:
NC
Date:
09/24/2004
Time:
03:55 PM

Comments

Wanting to see if the dream of a DC-3 type-rating could become a reality, I had contacted Dan Gryder in Spring 2004. My purpose was to discover for myself if a DC-3 was more of airplane that I might want to handle. After flying with a most wonderful lady, Miss Darla Dee, I realized that I would not be satisfied until an FAA DFE handed me a temporary airman certificate with "Douglas DC-3" typed on it. I will hold onto my dream and get that DC-3 type-rating. At the same time, I want to share with visitors to Dan's website/logbook what Miss Darla Dee wrote (using the pen of her owner, Dan Gryder) in my logbook shortly after we met. "I saw Carlos as he pulled up in his car. I could tell that he had that glazed look and he wanted to try me on for size. I was sizing him up at the smae time, deciding whether to show some mercy on a pilot with a grin from ear to ear." "I gave Carlos some trouble starting but I most enjoyed letting loose some Phillips 20W-60 while he was inspecting my gear well. "now, it was time for takeoff on runway 32 at Griffin. I decided to go easy on Carlos and he actually did a nice joib lifting off at precisely 84 knots! Now, it was time for some landings at KFFC. We did 6 of them and my tires felt no pain as Carlos used runway 31. "On we flew to KOPN and Carlos and I got to know each other via some more Landings! "I think Carlos now understands that I don't ask a lot, but when I do ask, I expect it to be done to be done right, and in the right order. "Welcome to the world of the legendary DC-3, Carlos! Glad we were able to make the axquaintence!"


First_Name:
JUAN P. MUNOZ
State:
FL
Date:
09/27/2004
Time:
11:34 AM

Comments

GREAT WEB-SITE ....I LOVE THE DC-3 AIRPLANE


First_Name:
Jeff
State:
GA
Date:
10/06/2004
Time:
08:13 PM

Comments

I had the opportunity to get my type rating in 143D in Sept Ď04 and it was an incredible experience. The plane very well maintained, and Dan is a fantastic instructor. He is very dedicated to teaching the skills required to fly the airplane proficiently, but he also goes out of his way to make the process fun. (Of course, itís hard not to have fun flying a DC-3!) It is definitely something Iíll never forget!


First_Name:
tony
State:
MI
Date:
12/12/2004
Time:
11:08 PM

Comments

hello all,current and qualified on the beautiful Douglas,currently flying a C-47 for the Yankee Air Force out of Willow Run,Michigan, I love this airplane!


First_Name:
Josh
State:
CA
Date:
01/13/2005
Time:
10:29 AM

Comments

I recently had the chance to get current and obtain my ATP with Dan in 134D. Dan runs an incredibly efficient operation that offers a superior product. After not flying the DC-3 for more than a year Dan had me up to ATP standards in no time. This is the place that can make dreams come true and there is nothing better than flying a DC-3.


First_Name:
Jorge
State:
NJ
Date:
03/07/2005
Time:
10:07 AM

Comments

Without a doubt this is the best DC-3 training around. Dan is a great instructor and the Aircraft is in great shape. Hope I could come back for more.. What a blast!!!!!!! Tx Jorge


First_Name:
Jim
State:
TX
Date:
04/19/2005
Time:
11:59 AM

Comments

Anyone in need of parts or service for DC-3 /C47 Aircraft contact me @ TRADEWINDS AIRCRAFT SUPPLY 1-800-423-2039


First_Name:
gilad
State:
FL
Date:
11/09/2005
Time:
01:02 AM

Comments

nice site dedicated to the dc-3. very informative!!!!


First_Name:
Lynda Lee
State:
GA
Date:
11/09/2005
Time:
09:40 PM

Comments

Ive been blessed with the opportunity to fly the DC-3 with Dan Gryder out of Thomaston, Georgia as a birthday present from my husband, Phil. It is an elegant, delightful lady which moves with grace and majesty. A physical as well as emotional experience. You aint flown a tail wheel 'til you've landed this machine!!! What a thrill and challenge. Anyone interested, DONT HESITATE. It was worth every precious moment. Blue skies to you all. Lynda


First_Name:
Arlo
State:
MT
Date:
11/17/2005
Time:
04:43 PM

Comments

Wow. I just read your PDF. Hats off to you guys, keep her flying!


First_Name:
Julie
State:
MD
Date:
11/22/2005
Time:
05:11 PM

Comments

I finished up my initial ATP/type in N143D with Dan in September 2005, and it changed my life. I highly recommend his operation for anyone who has ever thought of flying the DC-3.


First_Name:
Buddy
State:
GA
Date:
12/03/2005
Time:
10:03 PM

Comments

I am really interested in a DC-3 type rating. I am extremely impressed with your operation and look forward to the day I, too, can say that I have a DC-3 Type!


First_Name:
Phillip
State:
GA
Date:
12/08/2005
Time:
06:23 PM

Comments

Phillip LaBerge here in Concord,Georgia, just checking in to say that the entire experience of a second-in-command type rating in the "three" was an utter delight. I will never forget the view out the pilot's window, watching that huge prop turn over on my first engine start, the noise and smoke, the roar of those big radials as I pushed the throttles forward on my first take-off. The entire flight training experience was the stuff memories are made of, the feeling you get when a dream comes true. I've been through more type ratings than I'd like to remember with my airline and I was dreading the ground school. Dan Gryder made it a pleasure from page one. A walk in the park! I can't recommend this program too highly. Phillip R. LaBerge


First_Name:
Lynda Lee
State:
GA
Date:
12/09/2005
Time:
09:01 PM

Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen of the sky...If you are looking for the ultimate satisfaction flying, I strongly recommend Dan Gryder's Second in command (SIC) type rating course in his magnificent DC-3. I now have my rating after being trained by Dan, a true master of the arts of teaching AND flying. Dan cuts no corners in making you feel confident in your skills and proud of your accomplishment. What an airplane!!! What a coach!!! Go for it. Life is too short not to experience the very best. Lynda


First_Name:
Alexander, G.
State:
State
Date:
12/13/2005
Time:
02:30 PM

Comments

Hallo! I'm a virtuell FS9 DC-3 Pilot from Karslruhe in Germany! My Aircraft is a Lufthansa DC-3 ( D-ALEX ) Your ALEX E-mail: DerToteBaron@aol.com


First_Name:
Clinton
State:
TX
Date:
12/22/2005
Time:
12:04 PM

Comments

100+ hours - N14636 - freight to Mexico unimproved strips...never let us down 26,9 you got to be kidding...how bout 32 with full tanks.


First_Name:
DarlaDee
State:
WA
Date:
12/28/2005
Time:
02:28 PM

Comments

Waaay cool to have an airplane share my name!


First_Name:
Richard
State:
CA
Date:
01/16/2006
Time:
04:17 AM

Comments

I look forward to having the opportunity to earn a C-47 type rating with you. Thank you for the informative web-site. Richard D. Goller, Jr. Private SEL 1959193


First_Name:
Steve
State:
OR
Date:
02/01/2006
Time:
11:47 PM

Comments

I Just wanted to give Kudos to you all at DC-3 Net for your selfless generosity in providing the downloads and other info. on your site. I hope you all keep your girl flying another 70 years and if there is anything we can help with feel free to contact us. We operate a DC-3D with -94s on a 10 or more Pax. CFR14 Part 135 cert. sdunn@dc3e.com 206-579-6218 sdunn


First_Name:
Dennis
State:
State
Date:
02/21/2006
Time:
02:42 AM

Comments

Hi, It's great to find this and other sites which are keeping the old knowledge alive. My cousin has bought a DC3 to operate out of Perth in Western Australia and I have scoured the net and old colleagues who I flew the "three" with to gain as much useful info as I could for the crew who will learn to fly her. It's thirty three years since I flew them and I suppose skills and knowledge are lurking in the back of my brain but I can't rake them up without being in a cockpit. This site has made my quest much more complete and we have people to ask questions of who are current. Cheers Dennis


First_Name:
Joseph "Joe"
State:
CA
Date:
03/02/2006
Time:
07:23 PM

Comments

I flew the C-47 from Tachikawa Air Base, near Tokyo, Japan, 1957-1959. It was indeed a sturdy bird. We have one here at The Palm Springs Air Museum (Palm Springs, California) which is beiing restored so we can fly it.


First_Name:
Fritz Jorgenson
State:
WI
Date:
03/06/2006
Time:
01:52 PM

Comments

R4D I think it was Tail 003 built in about 1938 flew out of North Island NAS in the late 50's. It always looked as if it had just been delivered.


First_Name:
Alex
State:
State
Date:
03/09/2006
Time:
05:37 AM

Comments

Hi. The DC-3 is my favorit a/c. Can only be replaced by another DC-3. I have two DVDs showing plenty DC-3s in action worldwide. Visit www.apvw.nl for more info.


First_Name:
Mark
State:
FL
Date:
04/10/2006
Time:
12:06 AM

Comments

I had the chance to visit you at Sun 'n' Fun 2006 @ Lakeland, and im very glad that i had the chance to come abord and sit in the PIC seat! what a feeling! and you were all very friendly! just hope i get the chance to fly it now ;-) Best wishes Mark Gossage Sanford FL, & The Midlands U.K.


First_Name:
Mark
State:
FL
Date:
05/03/2006
Time:
08:06 AM

Comments

I took my two young children to their first and my ?, Sun-N-Fun Air Show. We visited your display and my all time favorite aircraft, the DC-3. The photo's your sent of my kids at the controls are wonderful! They are framed and will certainly remain with them for a lifetime! Thank you so very much for your efforts in maintaining a great part of aviation history. Mark Storrs Jupiter, FL


First_Name:
Serge
State:
OH
Date:
05/09/2006
Time:
02:25 PM

Comments

Faster and higher are not always better. The DC-3 is a beautiful aircraft. Congratulations on your Website.


First_Name:
Nikki
State:
FL
Date:
05/12/2006
Time:
02:55 PM

Comments

I`ve beem learning from this great site a lot lately and got curios when was mentioned on the W&B downloads page about a interactive Excel spread sheet. But I`m just not abble to find it. Can somebody help me ? It`s suppose to turn easyer to calculate the DC-3 loads. E-mail: paulo_col@terra.com.br


First_Name:
Jack
State:
State
Date:
05/13/2006
Time:
11:01 PM

Comments

I bought a DC-3 in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1971, and flew it home to Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. I had a USAF Major in Kabul check me out in the airplane. My wife and I flew it home to Canada via 8 countries in 53 hours and 30 minutes. We operated it for 10 years in Northern Manitoba and the Arctic. It is still flying in South America.


First_Name:
Daniel
State:
FL
Date:
05/14/2006
Time:
03:32 PM

Comments

It has always been a dream of mine to get a type rating in the DC-3. I am glad to see your organization allowing pilots to do just that.


First_Name:
State:
State
Date:
06/08/2006
Time:
05:39 PM

Comments


First_Name:
Rod
State:
IN
Date:
06/08/2006
Time:
05:51 PM

Comments

Just read the article about N143D and having flown the B-25 in WW 11, I will be coming to Griffen,GA, the Lord be willing to have the opportunity of flying the Goony Bird from the left seat.


First_Name:
Jack
State:
AZ
Date:
06/20/2006
Time:
08:23 PM

Comments

I am building a highly detailed DC -3 simulation and the information found in the operations handbooks is just what I needed to ensure as much authenticity as possible. Perhaps, when finished, I can upload a copy to your site for the enjoyment of all those arm-chair Dakota pilots. Thanks much.


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