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
Today we did more pattern work and landings. On the third landing, I finally kept the stick back and ended up doing seven landings today without any help - tower communications and all! Flying the pattern back-to-back still felt fairly quick-paced, but I had a handle on it. Today's flight was one of those great feelings of accomplishment! Jason said next time we'll start learning to land in crosswinds, so I'm going to enjoy this feeling while I can because I've heard crosswinds are quite the challenge as well.
Posted by Mark
@ 05:19 AM, December 12
Brady,Thank you for sharing your training experiences with everyone. I have not yet been able to start my own flight training,however I try to learn as much as I can by reading and following your progress. Is there a way you could possibly put more of your footage together and make a DVD of your training? Thanks again and keep the blue side up.
Posted by Dane
@ 02:27 PM, December 12
Brady,Congratulations on your progress! I'm glad to hear you are proceeding so well toward becoming a pilot. Keep it up!We met in Camp Scholler last summer during Airventure. My son, Marcel, was playing bean bag toss with a couple friends and you videotaped them. You mentioned it might make it on the website so I have been watching for it but haven't seen it. Did you do anything with that footage?Dane
Posted by Ron
@ 09:47 PM, December 12
Brady,Great job. It's so encouraging to see you succeed and overcome challenges. Thanks for being so open with sharing your struggles, as small as they may be. Prospective pilots like me need to see that. I'm sure you've probably thought of this, but it would be great to see some of your landings from outside of the plane, especially to compare "stick back" landings to "stick forward" landings so we can get a better idea of what Jason is talking about. Do you think you can get someone to stand in the snow with video camera for you?
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 11:27 AM, December 13
Mark, I’m glad you’re finding this blog useful. You bring up a great idea about making a DVD of all the lessons. We are beginning to explore ideas like this as a possible giveaway next year at the Learn to Fly booth at AirVenture. We’ll keep you posted.Dane, Good to hear from you! I definitely remember your son and the bean bag toss. I ended up not getting enough footage to do a whole Camp Scholler video, but I still have the footage of Marcel. Since the video never made it online, if you’ll email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your address, I’ll send you the clips. I may try to collect more footage next summer to do a Camp Scholler montage video. I love the family culture of Camp Scholler!Ron, Thanks for watching the blog. We’ve tossed around the idea of having somebody come out to video to get an outside perspective like you said. This might be a good time for it. I’ll see if I can recruit someone adventurous enough to brave the snow (and my landings).
Posted by CAPT Buddy Harrison
@ 08:26 PM, December 14
Brady, thanks for doing such a great job sharing the excitement of learning to fly. Your video and comments bring back that thrill to those of us that remember the same lessons of stick and rudder so many years ago. Keep up the Great Work. Vr/ Buddy
Posted by Paul Aseltine
@ 08:09 AM, December 15
All that I saw was sweet & very cool. You are getting close to SOLO time. All your "fans" including me are very exited for you!
Posted by Bob Daly
@ 10:54 PM, January 02
I really liked this part & hope this will help me with my landings Thanks for letting me ride along. I think I can get better at the flare now
Posted by Jon Hagopian
@ 04:08 PM, January 05
First Solo experience.Upon pushing in the throttle I felt completely relaxed and at ease. (I definitely have performance anxiety with a pro in the right seat). When the wheels left the ground I yelled into the empty cockpit something like, "this is @$%@!%# amazing!" The rest of this first solo pattern went as I've trained for except forgetting carb heat. When I confirmed taxi inst after landing with the tower I must have sounded short of breath. I will never forget it.
Posted by Dick Jacobs
@ 12:57 PM, April 12
Thank you Brady! Needed a check ride to finish my Sport ticket. Changed instructors-so had to fly a different plane. Turned out it was a Remos. Found your blog and learned to fly the plane before I flew it. Thanks!!