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
In my last couple flights I noticed the Remos flies noticeably different without a passenger so I wanted to go up to practice, practice, practice some more solo landings.The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was also International Young Eagles Day, so the airport was quite a bit busier than when I normally fly during the week. It was a great feeling to know that even though the airport was heavy with traffic, I was comfortable with the workload.
This is also a great example of one of the many unexpected lessons, those real-life experiences, I've encountered in my training that have helped me become a better pilot. Sometimes the best lessons are the ones you can't plan for.None of my landings today were great, but none were bad either. They all could've been better. By the end of the day I felt I had a much better feel for landing the Remos without a passenger. So what's left? Below are the requirements I have to complete for a sport pilot certificate. All that remains is one more hour of solo flight and some flight time with Jason to review for the checkride. I'm on the homestretch and I'm getting excited! __√__ 20 hours of flight time including:__√__ 15 hours of dual instruction_____ 5 hours of solo flight time __√__ 2 hours of cross-country dual instruction__√__ 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop involving traffic pattern__√__ a solo cross-country flight over 75 miles with full stop landings at two points with one leg longer than 25 nautical miles__√__ ground training from instructor or home course__√__ FAA knowledge test_____ 3 hours of dual test preparation with instructor in the preceding 60 days of practical test_____ CHECKRIDE! (FAA practical test)
Posted by Garrett
@ 11:38 AM, June 23
So have you picked a day or a date coming up to go take your test? Sounds like you will be done before Osh!! Gonna fly in this year?www.mypilotchronicles.com
Posted by Garrett
@ 11:56 AM, June 23
I guess Since your there, you could leave and then fly in. Just to get the experience.
Posted by Russ Hearn
@ 04:34 PM, June 23
Brady, you sure make flight training look fun! I just realized it looks like I have the same headset as you do. I bought the AVCOMM AC900 and I really like the fit and feel. I am sure looking forward to the day when I have the confidence needed to solo. Right now the thought scares the daylights out of me because of my inexperience. Your on your way man, God Bless!
Posted by Brett Campany
@ 07:28 PM, June 23
That's great work mate! There's nothing like being thrown a curve ball when you're flying! Your weekend solo flying was pretty good! Not long now before your text, I hope you get to video the whole thing and I also hope that you keep up with the video blog. Every time I watch one of your video's I get that passion and urge to head down to the airfield and go flying!During my flight test a few months back my examiner threw something at me that I had never done before or expected. As always our circuits are left hand circuits so after a touch and go at about 200 feet he told me to do a non-standard right hand low level circuit. I just complied without thought and pulled it off. If you can deal with something totally unexpected from either ATC or another aircraft and do it without skipping a beat than you can pretty much do anything.I'd feels more than safe flying with you mate, you're doing well, keep it up!
Posted by Adam Smith
@ 10:14 PM, June 23
All my dreams have come true... I'm in Brady's blog! (Skywagon 4653B)
Posted by John G
@ 04:00 AM, June 24
Nice work.This might interest you, here in SA, for Light Sport, we are required to do 35 hours total, 5 hours of solo circuits and 10 hours general flying solo. (15 hours total solo)and XC of 150nm not shorter than 90min.Wish I could visit at AirVenture!!!Jg
Posted by Bryan Hasse
@ 12:02 AM, June 25
I have followed your blog since the beginning and I have enjoyed watching your progress. It has been my dream to fly since I was in high school. Now that I am almost 37 yrs old I am finally going to follow my dream and start my private pilot training within the next couple of weeks. I have selected my instructor and I am excited to finally make my dream a reality. Please keep the blog going as it has inspired me to follow my dream of flight!!
Posted by Randy Dallas
@ 09:25 PM, June 25
You look very confident and at ease now that you have a few hours of solo time under your belt. I can tell that it has all come together for you quite well! Congrats.Today was a big day for me...at 13.5hrs of flight time I did my first solo flight. It was 2 touch and goes and a full stop landing for a total of .4rs. not a lot but enough to feel like I was a pilot for the first time. It was a great experience that I'll keep with me forever. And I am definitely with you on the floating on landing with no one in the right seat issue! The Remos just wants to keep flying and flying.Dual and solo cross countries and a bit of solo time along with a bit of practice/prep and I should be ready. Estimated completion date is Thursday of next week.Good luck with your preparation and looking forward to reading about your successful check ride!Randy
Posted by Erik
@ 10:17 AM, June 30
It's quite normal here at KBED to be told you're number 5 or 6 to land! :)Solo is behind me but endless rain in the N.E., only 2 flights in June. Watching Brady's videos is just about my only flying this month.