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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

Monday, December 29
By Brady Lane at 9:30 AM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 10.7  |  Days since I started: 76  | Cost: $1,803.70  

I've been very encouraged by your comments on the last post.  It's nice to know others have experienced similar feelings and that it's actually very common in the learning process.

Niels Anderson's comment was especially insightful, helping me see that progress is being made even when it doesn't feel like it:

"At first you can't tell a bad traffic pattern and landing, for example, from a good one. Then your judgment improves, and you learn what they are supposed to look like, and you get to the point where you CAN tell a good one from a not-so-good one. Unfortunately, your skill level has not kept pace, so now when you fly a poor traffic pattern or make a not-so-perfect landing, you know!"

Over the Christmas holiday, I wasn't able to fly due to traveling, but did continue my training on the ground. 

I've spent many hours studying ASA's Sport Pilot Test Prep.  I like how the book is formatted with a brief reading, the test questions, then explanations as to why each answer is wrong or right.  After another round through the book, I plan on using Sporty's Study Buddy to test my knowledge. 

I also completed my pre-solo written test.  This is a test Jason created to test my knowledge before he solos me.  This was also good for my confidence because it showed me that I am indeed learning and do know what I need to know.  Just a month ago, I wouldn't have been able to answer half of his questions correctly, but now it seemed like common knowledge.

Reading and studying doesn't make for great videos, but it is definitely part of the flight training process so I didn't want to leave it out of this blog.  Jason has encouraged me to start reading and studying now because many students focus on developing their flying skills but neglect to learn what they need to know for the written test.  Hopefully I'll be ready for both in due time.

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