Sape Mullender (



I started flying in 1996 and I am now a private, instrument-rated pilot.

Sape the day after getting his PPL I learned to fly during a four-month sabbatical at Bell Laboratories where I was introcuced to flying by several people in or near the Unix room: Ken Thompson, Dave Presotto, Fred Grampp, and Paul Glick. I joined their flying club, 150th Aero Flying Club based at Morristown Municipal Airport and started lessons in March 1996. John Martin taught me; we had lessons almost daily, weather permitting and I soloed on the 16th of April.  One thing led to another. I took my final checkride on June 28th, literally the day before returning to Amsterdam and here is the result: me proudly standing next to N738SQ after taking up my partner Connie the day after the checkride.

IFR Panel of 54E I obtained my complex endorsement and instrument rating under the tutelage of Ken Thompson, with finishing touches provided by George Finlay.

This is Ken flying Cessna 182RG N4757T, taken from N3054E (since the picture was taken, 57T has gone to the paint shop for a new coat of paint; it is now blue).  My report on flying the North Atlantic and taking a Sea Survival Course is too big to include here.  But you can find it here.

It has become a tradition every summer to take the Bell Labs summer students on a flying excursion.  For the 2000 trip, we took three of the club's planes to take them to Cape May.  It was one of those awful August days: temperatures near a hundred degrees and humidity near a hundred per cent.  And the breeze in Cape May wasn't all that great either.  We had lunch, looked around town a bit and then looked for the cooler skies again.  Here are some of the pictures Jeff Brown took
(thanks, Jeff).
Preflight at Morristown; I'm preflighting 8SQ on the leftMorriwstown Airport after take off RW 23Final approach to RW 28, Cape MayThe Statue of Liberty

Connie, my partner, has also been struck by the flying bug; she's taken the `Pinch-hitter's Course'. Here she is ready to go in N3054E with her instructor Ken Thompson, flying from the left seat for a change.