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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, June 26
Flight 30: Solo Review
By Brady Lane at 10:30 AM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 32.7  |  Days since I started: 255  | Cost: $4,885.60  

I went up by myself to review ground reference maneuvers and took special care to keep my altitude within the +/- 100 ft. guidelines of the Practical Test Standards.

It's much easier to focus and concentrate when there's no one in the right seat to talk to.  That being said, other areas are harder without a passenger - like spot landings.  I tried two short field landings and floated past the numbers both times.  I'm just starting to be able to hit the numbers with Jason in the right seat, but it's considerably different without the weight of a passenger.

I've also been reading ASA's Sport Pilot Checkride book by Paul Hamilton.  I want to make sure I am mentally ready for the checkride as well.  It's been a great resource to know what kind of content I could be questioned on during the oral and practical test — everything from airspace to flight planning to regulations to weather and countless other topics.  I love the format too — it lists a question, then what an appropriate answer would be.   I'm only about half way through the book, but am already grateful to have this content all in one place.

I still need a little more practice and a few more hardcore study nights, but I hope to be ready soon.

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