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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, January 26
Flight 16: Making Good Decisions
By Brady Lane at 11:30 AM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 14.8  |  Days since I started: 104  | Cost: $2,393.20  

Today I flew with another instructor to get a different perspective. We were planning on going out to practice stalls and ground reference maneuvers, but shortly after take-off, I noticed an unusual draft in the plane, so we entered the pattern and came in for a landing.

Making good decisions is a big part of being a good pilot.  If something just doesn't feel right, come in for a landing. 

We discovered that the windshield had separated slightly from the airframe, causing a draft to come into the cockpit.  It was good practice for me to stay calm and focus on flying the plane in a less-than-perfect situation.   We obviously made it down with no trouble.

The problem was almost certainly caused by moving the plane straight from a heated hangar (over 60 degrees F) to extremely cold temperatures outside (about 1 degree F).  Another lesson learned: be very careful when moving planes from heated hangars to frigid temps outside. 

We are repairing the windshield and will be back in the air soon.  But until then, Jason reminds me I have plenty to study on the ground in preparation for my written test.

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