Thursday, August 13
My First Passenger
By Brady Lane at 6:00 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 34.7 | Days since I started: 303 | Cost: $5,157.60
I've been waiting a long time for this day. The day I could finally take a passenger flying, but not just any passenger — my wife.
There's an interesting balance of emotions the first time you fly as a certificated pilot with a passenger. It's a balance of extreme responsibility and enjoyment.
As we flew last night I was watching all my numbers carefully, scanning for traffic, monitoring engine performance, while at the same time peaking over to see the big smile on her face. I even convinced her to take the stick and fly for a few minutes. She reminded me of what it was like the first time I felt the control of an airplane.
It was a strange but enjoyable feeling to just fly last night — just for the fun of it. For the last nine months, everytime I've flown I was going up to practice a maneuver or to learn a new skill, but last night we just flew.
I probably learned just as much in this "joy" flight as I did during my normal flight lessons, because this was real-life flying. I flew into an airport I've never been to and as you'll see in the video, despite my planning I had to make on-the-go decisions to ensure we arrived home before dark.
There's an undescribable feeling of competency when you're able to take a friend or family member flying. This one flight made all my training worth it.
I've also picked up a new camera setup from Datatoys.com that seems to be far better than the cameras we've been using. As soon as I get it installed and test it out, I'll write a review and let you know what I think. Having video in the cockpit has been a fun way for me to share my experiences with you as well as a valuable learning tool.
I'm also starting to plan my first real across-the-country cross-country. In a couple weeks I'll be flying from Oshkosh to Arkansas to return the Remos we've been using for training. While I've flown several cross-countries, I've never flown one of this magnitude. I welcome any advice you have as I begin to plan.