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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

Friday, March 27
A Thorough Look-Over
By Brady Lane at 11:00 AM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 14.8  |  Days since I started: 164  | Cost: $2,601.20  

The windshield repair on the Remos is finished, so this morning Jason and I went over to re-install the cameras and give the plane a thorough lookover. 

Every preflight we do is thorough, but an extra-thorough preflight is always good after any maintenance work has been performed.  After two hours with a flashlight, I realized there are parts of this plane I had never seen before and now feel I have a much better understanding of the plane.

I also learned the importance of familiarizing yourself with the special little quirks of the plane you're flying.  Each plane has unique items that require extra attention, or at least knowledge about. 

For instance, after reading a safety directive (PDF) on Remos' site, we took special care to check the aileron quick-fasteners today.  One of them was slightly loose, so we clicked it into place.  I normally check to make sure the aileron controls are working properly, but now I'm also going to make sure to check these connections before each flight.

safety directive

Remos does a nice job posting these safety directives and other information on their site - complete with pictures showing what to look for in your preflight.  So, whatever you're flying, go find these documents and give them a read.

I left the hangar this morning feeling I was a much safer pilot even though we never left the ground.  We are going to have a mechanic check on one small thing for us (a washer on the wing strut) before hopefully going for a flight this afternoon.

So, check back soon because if the mechanic gives us a thumbs up and the weather stays nice, I'll get to go up and see if I remember how to do all this.

Update:  It seems we're needing to replace a washer, so we aren't going to be able to fly today—but next week looks promising. 

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