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Earning My Wings:

a video blog about learning to fly

UPDATE: Now that I’ve earned my wings, I’m still flying and learning. This blog will remain open and active for those interested in the flight training process, however, if you want to see what I’ve been up to since becoming a pilot, please check out my columns in Sport Aviation magazine. - Brady

Recent Posts
I'm going to learn to fly!!
About this video blog
Getting started
Selecting an instructor
I have an instructor!
Waiting...actively waiting
First day of school
In the Remos G3-600
Flight 01: First flight!
It's not a do-list, it's a checklist
Flight 02: steep turns, slow flight
Safety Seminar
Flight 03: Stalls, steep turns, slow flight
Flight 04: Stalls, stalls & more stalls
Flight 05: Ground Reference Maneuvers
Flight 06: Talking to the Tower
The Wonders of Weather Watching
Flight 07: Practicing Emergencies
Flight 08: Landings
I'm Official!
Flight 09: More Landings
Flight 10: Stalls & Crosswind Landings
Flight 11: The Learning Plateau
What's it like to solo?
Flight 12: Back in the air
Flight 13: Landings
A different point of view
Flight 14: Gaining Confidence
Flight 15: 1st SOLO
Flight 16: Making Good Decisions
Read, Study, Sleep
Written Test: PASSED!
Under the wing of the B-17
Recording in-flight video
Good News!
A Thorough Look-Over
Just For Fun
Flight 17: Back in the Air
Flight 18: Stalls, Slow Flight and Landings
Flight 19: Crosswind Workout
Flight 20: Practice, Practice, Practice
Flight 21: First Cross-Country
At the End of Taxiway Alpha
Flight 22: Short, Soft Field Landings
Schedules and Spring Showers
Flight 23: Class C Airspace
Flight 24: On the Numbers
Flight 25: 2nd Solo
Flight 26: 1st Solo Cross-Country
Flight 27: Solo Landings & Heavy Traffic
Flight 28: Feeling the Heat
Flight 29: Practicing Short, Soft Field Landings
Flight 30: Solo Review
Oshkosh Tower visit
Tough Decisions
Flight 31-32: Final Review for Checkride
I'm a Pilot!
Checkride: Passed!
My First Passenger
License to Learn

Wednesday, June 25
Getting started
By Brady Lane at 5:30 PM     

Just trying to figure out what it takes to get a pilots license is quite the task in and of itself.  

Like most people nowdays, I started my search online.  The more I searched the web, the more questions I had.

Every site says something different — select an instructor first...complete ground school first...first you need to get your student pilot certificate... 

I finally decided to meet with a couple pilot friends to help clear the clouds.  I basically learned there are many different ways to go about learning to fly.  

I'm going to find an instructor first, then let my instructor guide me through the process in the sequence he or she recommends.

Key lesson learned:  10 minutes with a knowledgeable friend proved more beneficial than hours of "research" online. 

So, surf the web, see what's out there, but then I highly encourage you to find a local pilot you can visit with.  If you don't know somebody, locate an EAA chapter near you. 

These local EAA Chapters are flooded with seasoned pilots that would love to visit with you and help you get started.  Type in your location here to find a chapter near you...http://www.eaa.org/chapters (or contact the chapter office at EAA headquarters:  1.800.236.4800 x4876 or email: chapters@eaa.org).

Here are a few helpful websites I found...


...and here are some blogs I found that also helped me understand the process.  I will probably peek in and frequent these often as I start lessons...


If you know of other helpful, informational or experiential sites about learning to fly, please share them in the comments below.


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