UPDATE: Now that I’ve earned my wings, I’m still flying, still learning and the cameras are still rolling. 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 sport pilot, come on over to EAA.org/abinitio to watch videos of my most recent flights. - Brady
I'm currently in Allegan, MI where Jason and I attended my first aviation seminar last night. Fred Abrams of Abrams Aviation presented "178 Seconds to Live." (about why VFR pilots should avoid instrument weather conditions).These seminars are great opportunities for all pilots—especially student pilots.Not only did I learn more about safe piloting, I also enjoyed having an excuse to get together with other pilots. Being a student pilot, it's great to just listen to other pilots talk with each other.EAA has an online calendar that would be worth searching to see if there are any seminars like this near you.
Posted by John Kenn
@ 02:19 PM, October 30
I am enjoying this adventure with you. Thanks for doing a wonderful job. Keep it up and I look forward is viewing what lies ahead.
Posted by Gary Jones
@ 08:07 PM, October 30
Just found this site, from EAA hotline... keep up the good work.I had proposed a similar idea to a flying Mag when I learned in 1978...I will watch your progress with interest.Gary
Posted by John Werner
@ 09:58 AM, October 31
I am just getting reading to take my checkride, and watching your videos brought back wonderful memories of my journey towarss becoming a pilot. I will watch your progress anxiously each week. I live in Oconomowoc so maybe we can fly together some day!! Good Luck!!!
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 04:19 PM, October 31
Thanks for your comments. I'm having a blast learning so far, and have found that editing the videos is helping me review what we talked about. John, have fun on your checkride and good luck!
Posted by Paul Aseltine
@ 03:11 PM, November 01
Hi Brady.We met @ the Allegan Safety Seminar. I was really excited to see your enthusiasm about aviation. You will get a lot of advise from different people. Before you try anything, talk to your instructor about those subjects and customize the advises to fit what will work for you. Your videos and comments from you and your instructor were very impressive. One comment I heard from you, I think on your second flight, that landings were intimidating. What helped me a lot, and I think I heard your instructor say it, while landing yor are costantly making corrections. The key to corrections is that they HAVE TO BE MADE in a SUTTLE/SMALL/SMOOTH way. You will at one point get where you are hitting a wall and can't get past it => this is normal. Don't ever give up on your deam to fly when this happens. I can't tell the feeling when you will have your solo flight. Good luck in your endavor! Paul Aseltine
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 09:53 AM, November 03
Paul- good to hear from you. Thanks for your advice about landings. Like most student pilots, I appreciate all the advice I can get.