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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

Tuesday, May 05
Flight 21: First Cross-Country
By Brady Lane at 3:00 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 21.6  |  Days since I started: 203  | Cost: $3,520.30  

For this flight, we left Oshkosh and navigated to two other airports for my first cross-country flight. 

I also called 1-800-WX-brief for the first time for a weather brief—both the night before and again in the morning for an update.  I told them I was a student pilot and they gave me the info slow enough I could take notes — greatly appreciated.

I then calculated for wind corrections and studied the sectional charts for landmarks to look for on the way.  I knew we'd be flying GPS-less, so the charts would be all we would have.  Sectional charts are awesome!  There is so much information on them.  It's a great feeling not having to rely on GPS.  (That being said, I'm sure I will enjoy flying with one if I have one in the future.)   I'd be curious to hear how many students now learn with or without a GPS.  I'm sure there are definite advantages to both approaches.

We never got lost on our flight, but as you'll see in the video, we did get slightly "misplaced" for a few moments as we were coming into Marshfield.  It's a weird feeling not being where you think you are - even if it's just a few miles off.

Have any of you gotten extremely lost, ugghh, I mean "misplaced" while flying?  If so, what did you to find your location again? 

I felt really confident on this flight at the controls landing at airports I've never been to - even in strong winds.  It really makes me look forward to my next cross country, which I'll do solo!

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