Dakota Richline
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos


Airplane in hangar

Filling N909AB with enough gas for a 1,300km flight

It’s a strange origin story, but a combination of meeting a pilot and playing too much GTA got me interested in aviation. I took my first discovery flight at KXLL in 2017, and another in 2018 in a ‘68 Navajo. I was working on a sport license with AB Flight/Gateway Aviation at KXLL and reached the solo sign-off, but never soloed or progressed further for personal reasons.

The Evektor Harmony I flew is an incredibly sweet-flying aircraft. It has a great interior with full glass and a bubble canopy, and it’s responsive to fingertip pressure. I initially learned to land without flaps, and still never bounced a landing thanks to the Harmony’s excellent handling in ground effect. My only complaints were are difficult to adjust rudder pedals and an annoying screw throttle.

Dakota in airplane

My DA-20 discovery flight in 2017. Excuse the weird face; it was a candid.

Dakota piloting

Discovery flight in a Navajo on my birthday

View out aircraft window

Right-seat view from a flight to Connecticut in a DA-40

Last modified: 03/07/2021