AvHeaven

 Flying in heaven in our favorite aircraft.

What does Heaven look like to me? The ultimate airshow - EAA AirVenture-Oshkosh Airport in Heaven

This photo below depicts Founder of EAA Paul Poberenzy, EAA Christian Eagle airplane and four generations of my family airplanes. Shown is my Grandpas 1949 Lincoln Page with Grandpa Frieman sitting in the cockpit; A Beechcraft Bonanza, Mooney and Piper 1947 Cub of my Dads; The Icarus V Powered Hang Glider of mine and TJ's Flying Circus logo is depicted representing my son TJ. There is a futuristic VTOL airplane out of Popular Science magazine and the flying cross represents Jesus.

Destination: Airports in Heaven
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all this? Isaiah 40:26 Isaia made people look up at the heavens to use their imagination aright. In every wind that blows, in every sign of the sky, there is a real coming of God to us if we simply use our imagination to realize it.


I purchased this 18' Jobe Ragallo hang glider right out of high school in 1972 from Boris Popov in St. Paul, MN who was working out of his parents' basement.  I was one of his first customers.  He sold standard Ragallos and had just begun a dealership for Easy Riser kits.  He sent me to a high school in Edina with an instructor who just bought his own hang glider right before me and I ran down a sloping hill 2 or 3 times and that was my training (about an hour).   I drove across town to Mendota Heights which was the nearest to my home and tallest Mississippi River Bluff right across from the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul, MN.  I had my friend Tony Loes step down on a bobwire fence and jumped over it and off the cliff.  It wasn't a safe take-off spot.  I miss judged the 4 to 1 glide ratio and landed in a crick but was alright.  After some minor repairs. I decided to find a regular hang gliding area 75 miles from home.

I migrated to Hager City, WI where Hang glider pilots first started flying in our area.  I never became good enough to soar.  I climbed the bluff for an hour and a half up the hill and flew down a 4 to 1 glide ration for a 2 - 3 minute flight. 

I believe in Jesus Christ as my almighty savior because .......

I believe in Jesus Christ as my almighty savior because in 1973 I was falling to my death and God stretched out his hands and I was saved from jumping off a Mississippi River Bluff in Hager City, WI across from Redwing, MN.   The photo depicts the exact flight take-off  point at the popular hang glider bluff.  I was in Junior College.  I partied quite a bit my first year and routinely went to weekend parties smoking the bong and drinking from the keg Friday nights and I would go hang gliding on Saturdays.  God was definitely trying to tell me something about my behavior.  I also did an independent study at Normandale J.C. on the New Testament; Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John and was getting to know Jesus.  I got an "A" for my grade but really didn't get it.  I didn't really have a relationship with Jesus. But I know he saved me anyway from dying in that hang glider crash.
Friend jumping off Hager City where I flew on weekends.


Purchased this 18' Jobe hang glider right out of highschool in 1972

Pictured here is my friend, a college student, who wanted to try my glider.  We found another smaller sloping hill in Mendota Heights, MN while the DOT was working on environmental hurdles building the 494 Freeway interchange.  I started taking girls out to this 494 site and letting them fly my hang glider with me as their instructor.  Most landings were crashes.  No-one ever got higher than they cared to fall.  But my hang glider got beat up over aqnd over.  I became the Normandale Junior College Hang Glider Club President and had the school supply me with the funds to build a Normandale Junior College hang glider so I could train students on the school hang glider.  More to come .............
Training a student on 494 during construction.
 I used my hang glider to make drawings and measurements and built the Normandale J.C. hang glider below.  We completed the build and I am testing it at the South St. Paul Gravel
Pits that are maybe 50 foot high.  You may notice that the home made hang glider is mushing more like a parachute than flying like a glider.  Also, notice the rear billows in the sail appear to be pretty big.  I went back to the workshop, removed the sail, re-sewed the sail with a smaller billow by guess and by golly and re-installed the sail.  I took the new sail (hang glider) to the standard hang glider bluff without testing it at the gravel pit first.
Flight at South St. Paul gravel pit next to SSP airport.
I took the hang glider to Hager City, WI to fly (it bears repeating) without re-testing the glider on the small gravel pit hill in SSP.  Well needless to say I jumped off the Hager City, WI bluff, pushed the trapeze bar out to go up but I was falling straight down.  My arms were stretched out as far as they could go and I 'm not flying, I'm falling.  I'm going to die.
I was in a dive and was falling 250 feet off the cliff to SPLAT on the hillside or field below.  Pilots at the top of the hill and at the bottom were sure I was a lump of dead meat.
they were all thinking the same thing I was - "oh Shit".  In those early days everyone watched everybody's take-offs and landings.

For a second I was afraid because I was going to die and there was nothing I could do.  Then ...  A force of peace came over me.  It felt like God had his two hands holding me and the glider still.  I wasn't afraid while falling because I would be in heaven.  I really, really felt peaceful while falling, not flying to my death but to heaven.  There wasn't enough time for me to say I'm sorry God or repent.  It just happened so quick.  God saved my life. I fell into the only small tree halfway down the side of the cliff and I ended up hanging in it yelling "I'm OK".  The glider was completely destroyed and the sail crumpled up like tissue and every piece of aluminum poles was broke.  No-one believed I survived.  I promised God I will never smoke pot again because it was probably going to kill me.  God without using his voice said straighten up boy.  I believe!


I am EAA Member  #99884 and have flown my three-time Award Winning Best-in-Type1946 Ercoupe 415C into Oshkosh 30 times to camp under the wing.  I have also flown into Oshkosh in a 1947 Straight 35 Beechcraft Bonanza.  It’s heaven on earth.
 I am Young Eagle Pilot #04.  Technically I am the 2nd EAA member to fly Young Eagles.  YE Pilot #01 always belongs to the YE Chairman; YE Pilot #02 belongs to Tom Poberezny and another EAA member is YE Pilot #03.  Two Million Young Eagles have been flown in the last 25 years.  This is the most amazing and successful Youth program ever undertaken and kudos go to the 40,000 EAA Pilots and 1000 EAA Chapters.  I could have been role models for Jesus Christ.  I could have influenced YE kids by saying a prayer before the flight and after the flight.  I could have lead a prayer group after the flight for a safe landing!  My first Young Eagle became a pilot with a Helicopter rating and Airline Transport rating.  I had an impact on him.  I was told he had my YE photo on his dresser until adulthood.  It's not about me.  It's all about Jesus yet I did not mention Jesus.  He could have learned to fly like an Eagle and Angel.  I missed an opportunity to make a Disciple of Christ through our EAA Network of Volunteer Pilots and Ground Volunteers.
Pilots Prayer
My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in you, renewed in you, to receive your life and your love and all the grace and mercy I so desperately need. I honor you as my Lord, and I surrender every aspect and dimension of my life to you. I give you my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I ask your Holy Spirit to restore me in you, renew me in you, and lead this time of prayer.  In all that I now pray, I include [my wife and/or children, by name]. I cover them with your blood—their spirit, soul, and body, their heart, mind, and will. I ask your Spirit to restore them in you and include them in all that I now pray, acting as their Head (PIC).
It's not about me. It's all about you Lord Jesus. Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me.You are my true Father-my creator, redeemer, sustainer, and true end of all things, including my life. Thank you for making me alive with Christ. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus over my life today and over [my wife and/or children, by name]. Jesus, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the name of Jesus Christ over my life today and instruct them to destroy all that is raised against me and against my family to establish your Kingdom over us, to guard us day and night. I now call forth the kingdom of God throughout my home, my family, my airport, my kingdom, and domain in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving all glory and honor and thanks to him. In Jesus' name, amen.

The airplane graphic below illustrates four forces to make and airplane fly or get to our destination - Heaven. Like any ship an airplane must have a rudder or tail to keep you straight and a Propeller to get you off the ground and high on Christ.

Airplane illustrates Principals to Glorify God to generate Lift.
  1. The Tail represents Theology and like the Bible it keeps you on course.  Just reading the Bible and going to Church won't get you to Heaven.  The Pharisees had Theology and they never left the ground.  Many Christians in churches today will stay grounded on the ground.  The goal is to be grounded in Christ with a thrust get us up, up and away and landing on target - Heaven.
  2. The Propeller or power plant  represents the Holy Spirit.  Jesus through the thrust of the Holy Spirit will rev up your engine and help you take off to reach an altitude to the Wild Blue Yonder for Christ.  There are Born Again Christians, high on the Spirit with their new church or group that don't actually read, study or work on their relationship with Jesus and they can end up going around in circle without a rudder.
  3. The Left Wing represents Dependance on God.  We must acknowledge and accept his Grace.  God's purpose is that we depend on him and his power now.  God's Grace creates Lift to break away from stress, worry and anxiety.  Grace enables us to live feerlessly through dangerous times.  
  4. The Right Wing enables us to do the work and have the Discipline to fly a straight and narrow path (Obediance).  God doesn't fly the airplane.  The pilot flys the airplane.  Power of the pilot through Hope and Faith provide lift by living at our full potential.

    Jesus, take away the fog and the clouds and help me see . . . give me eyes that really see.

What Do You See In Your Clouds? "Look, He is coming in the clouds." Rev. 1:7.
In the Bible clouds are always connected with God. Clouds are those sufferings or providences, within or without our personal lives, which seem to dispute the rule of God.  It is by those very clouds that the spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith.  "The clouds are but the dust of our fathers feet."  The clouds are a sign that he is there.  What a revelation it is to know that sorrow and bereavement and suffering are the clouds that come along with God and Heaven.
Jesus rides on the Wings of the Wind
There are 4 winds of God.  North is the Love of God. East is the Grace of GodSouth is the Promise of God and West is the Image of God.  We need all 4 forces of the airplane to mauever through the 4 winds of God and fly straight and level without getting off course.  We can't see the wind in the air and most times in real life.   The question of getting to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not interested.  The question of getting to a particular end in life is mere incident.  What we call the process, God calls the end.  If we can fly straight and level and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God.  It is the process not the end which is glorifying to God.  Our training and preparation is what God calls the end.God's end is to enable me to see the winds amongst the clouds or chaos of life just now.  Obedience is the end and provides a mooth flight and perfect landing.

Ercoupe 3469H Crash

1975 I was 21 years old.  It was a perfect 70 degree summer day.  I pulled the Ercoupe out of the Hangar at Lake Elmo 21D.   A kid that had been trying to get a ride with me on and off got me at the right time.  We taxied to take off area and did normal run up with checklist.
Ercoupe 3469H

Pushed full throttle and cleared the end of the runway at maybe a 100 feet.  Climbed to maybe 200 feet and engine failed.  I checked gas (again) pulled carb heat and kept wings straight and level to crash in the corn field a half mile off the end of the runway.  I am a hang glider pilot so my instinct was to put the nose down and mush to the ground.   Many pilots would try to slow down and stay aloft and stall.  An Ercoupe is a fast glider.   We hit the corn field between 60-80 MPH.  The corn was 6 feet tall and we thumped and stopped in a space smaller than a tennis court.  We were both shaken up and alive.
pocket sized fire extinguisher - what was I thinking?

My friend immediately saw some smoke rising from the cowl and he instrinctively busted out the windows, climbed up on the wing and started running.  I put my nose in his ass and followed him and ran.   We both thought the airplane would blow up like in the movies.  Most cars that hit telephone poles at 65 MPH end up getting towed but they don't blow up accept in the movies.   I stopped 30 yards away from being out of breath and I yelled "I have a fire extinguisher"  I started running back to the airplane and for some reason this kid runs after me saying "Scott, No, no".   He tackles me 15-20 yards away from the plane and we both fall to the ground.  The Ercoupe blew up like in the movies.  The entire cockpit where the fire extuinguisher was is gone.  Poof like when you poor gasoline on a bonfire.



I never saw the kid again.  My Parents, Police, Firefighters, airport guys all shaking their heads in disbelief that I survived once the airplane fire was put out by the firetrucks.   Someone must of saw us go down because firetrucks were on scene right away.   Little did they know that I survived twice.   I don't remember if I told anyone I was running back towards the plane when it blew up.  Thank you God for saving me physically.  I'm still at the time decades away from being saved spiritually.  I'm sure I joked around that God saved me but I was never in prayer and never asked God why the hell he saved me twice that summer day.

Ercoupe 3469H was destroyed and the FAA investigated for several weeks.  They determined it was carberator ice.  Lucky for me there was no pilot error.  I got some insurance money and my Dad flew me out to Michigan to buy another Ercoupe 2701H for $5000.  It became a three time Best-in-Type Award Winner at Oshkosh.  I flew into Oshkosh once with Ercoupe 3469H and 30 times with 2701H.  God had a hand in some of those adventures too.

Oh, I recently crashed my Minivan on I80 near I35.  God kept me alive in this 5 car pile up.









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