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 love that every flight is different. This time, we didn't have strong winds to contend with but instead several flocks of geese flying above the runway on takeoff.We managed to navigate around them without a problem then proceeded to do seven touch and go's. This was one of those lessons I was fired up afterward because it felt so good to be flying and landing all by myself again.note: You may notice the scenery in my webcam is different in this video. That's because I'm down in Lakeland, FL this week for Sun 'n Fun. We squeezed in one last flight lesson before I left Oshkosh but wasn't able to post it until I arrived down here. If any of you are at Sun 'n Fun this week, be sure to stop by the EAA booth - I'd love to meet you.
Posted by WP
@ 01:48 PM, April 19
Welcome to Florida! I hope to make it over to Sun N Fun this week! You should check out Fantasy of flight while your there! I have been enjoying the Vlog since it started, Thanks!
Posted by Jose
@ 02:28 PM, April 19
Brandy I just want to let you know that your videos has help me allot. Thank to this blogs I made a good decision 2 months ago to go for my Sport pilot certificate now with only 10 hrs dual I will do this Tuesday my Pre-solo. Thank you again
Posted by BHad
@ 06:18 PM, April 20
You know Brady there is one thing that really stands out to me while watching your video. It is the fact that every time you takeoff almost immediately after pushing the throttle forward you remove your hand and place it on your leg. I was taught as a student pilot to keep my hand on the throttle throughout the takeoff for a couple of different reasons. In case you need to abort takeoff and also to make sure the throttle remains in the full open position on climb out.Has anyone else noticed this and if so what is your take on this?
Posted by JohnG
@ 02:48 AM, April 21
Sorry Brady "BHad" is right.Nice to see some good landings there, also remember solo is'nt solo until the instructor steps out. ,)
Posted by Garrett
@ 09:33 AM, April 21
What software are you using to do your video editing?
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 10:55 PM, April 21
Jose: Thanks for your encouraging comment and I'm glad this blog helped inspire you to start lessons. Be sure to let us know when you solo. It's an incredible feeling of accomplishment! BHad: You're right—it makes complete sense to keep my hand on the throttle throughout the entire climb out. Thanks for picking up on that detail. I will start working to correct that habit. Garrett: I am using Final Cut Pro for video editing.
Posted by Garett
@ 12:15 AM, April 22
I have really enjoyed watching your progress and have started to document my own as well. Thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to seeing in the future maybe at some fly-in. Here's my site..www.mypilotchronicles.comThanks Brady!!
Posted by Rob H
@ 01:34 PM, April 22
Brady, I discovered your Vblog 3 weeks ago. I had 2 hours toward my sport cert. I have 5 now. You have help me alot. Keep up the good work
Posted by Robert Van Meter
@ 06:01 PM, April 22
Dear Brady,Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed following you on your path to becoming a pilot. Because of your blog and the positive experiences you have shared, I decided to go forward with my own flight lessons. I just completed my second flight and can't wait to get in the air.Thank you again and I look forward to your next post.
Posted by Bryan Blazek
@ 06:28 PM, April 22
Brady-Everything looks like it is going well. It is such a joy to watch your flight training videos. I myself am a pilot and it is a joy to watch another pilot join the ranks.Also, if you are back to oshkosh by April 25th, there is a pancake breakfast at Fox Valley Tech that would be fun to go to.
Posted by Ken B
@ 12:12 PM, April 23
Brady,What do you have left until your checkride? You appear to need some solo and cross county time, is there anything else?
Posted by Chris Neuok
@ 07:18 PM, April 23
Everybody should be able to video thier flight. Awsome.
Posted by James
@ 09:03 PM, April 23
Hi Brady,Can you post what kind of camera/recorder and/or other equipment do you use for you video recording? (I noticed that you use more than one camera)Also, it will be great if you will post some photos and some article as to the best way of setting up some video recording in a plane. Oh, btw, I have and fly a Cessna 150.Good luck,James
Posted by Garrett
@ 07:41 AM, April 24
Hey James, If you look back a few post, Brady has a page on all his recording equipment and how he sets it up. Look to the right under the progression of his training. Between flight 16 and 17 there is a link to all this information. "Video Recording Equipment"
Posted by Buddy Harrison
@ 02:26 PM, April 25
Brady, good to meet both you and Jason at Sun'nFun today. I look forward to your XC flites and check ride. You will do well. Thanks for sharing your adventures with all the rest of us. CAPTBee
Posted by Randy Epstein
@ 06:30 PM, April 27
That'll teach me to not check the site. I'd have certainly stopped by to see you had I known you were at Sun n Fun. It'll have to wait until OSH I guess. Keep up the great work. No doubt you'll have your certificate by Air Venture time.Randy
Posted by Gilbert Pierce
@ 11:57 AM, April 30
Hi Brady, I enjoyed meeting and talking to you at Sun'N Fun last week. I just watched your cross wind landing video. You were doing great. It me a lot longer to master that art. Lots of sweat, adrenalin and tire squeals.
Posted by charles
@ 08:50 PM, April 30
your videos are a great refresher for someone like me who's not flown all winter but who is getting ready to resume my training. Is there any way we viewers can make a copy of your videos for storage on our PC so that we can play them long after EAA has removed the series from their website?
Posted by Paulina R. Smythe
@ 06:41 AM, May 05
Needless to say, what a fantastic video series. I'm C172 pilot. Just one thing though, I would have been more than willing to drop off the instructor and go solo even with taxi, I mean, how else are you going to go solo without that taxi time? I assume it would work out cheaper to do 10 mintues dual + 10 minutes solo taxi time than 5 landings dual. Anyhow, all the best with your training and a very high standard achieved with your production.
Posted by Frank
@ 07:22 PM, May 05
Did you quit flying Brady? Did those cross winds scare you?
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 07:39 AM, May 06
Frank: I'm having way too much fun to stop flying - crosswinds especially. I've been out of the state for a couple weeks covering some assignments for EAA. In fact, just yesterday Jason and I got back in the air and did my first cross-country. The video will be posted later this morning.
Posted by Captain Dennis Kirk
@ 02:31 PM, June 01
The aircraft (and pilot license) is the door to world- not bound by land nor sea! I have had my license for almost two years and, like you, look forward to EVERY flight!It only gets better! Keep up the good work! Dennis