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
This last week, there were only two times the plane was available for me to fly - and both times I ended up having to make a no-go decision.
In one way, it was a tough decision because I'm so close to finishing my training and really wanted to fly. On the other hand, I knew something wasn't quite right with the oil system, knew what the right decision was and didn't hesitate in making the decision.The plane has been serviced and is now ready to fly again so I'm planning to get a couple flights in later this week.I'm sure even after I get my certificate there will be times I'll want to fly as bad as I do now, but first I must make good decisions. It reminds me of a comment left here on the blog a couple weeks ago from bikesandcars: "Flying is easy, it's making good decisions that define a good pilot."I guess that's been my training lately - working on those good decision making skills.I also wanted to let everyone know that Jason and I will be doing a few forums during AirVenture at the Learn to Fly Center. Here's more info on times and location.I would love to meet those of you who are able to make it. It will be a discussion/Q&A format and I welcome everybody from the dreamer to the student pilot to the pilot with 5,000 hrs. I feel like I've gotten to know many of you through this blog and would love the opportunity to meet you at AirVenture. Only 10 more days!
Posted by Douglas
@ 04:33 PM, July 16
Hi Brady,It's tough to make that no-go decision when the weather's nice and you really want to fly, but it will keep you alive to fly another day when the plane is working properly....good decision!Hope to see you at Air Venture!Douglas
Posted by Jessica
@ 06:19 PM, July 16
Hey Brady,I seen you were going to be giving a couple talks! (: Looking forward to shaking your hand. I've been watching your blog since it started. It's what made me realize I could indeed achieve my dream of becoming a private pilot. On March 9th I took my first lesson and on July 3rd I passed my checkride!!! Thank you for doing this blog!
Posted by Heather
@ 02:59 PM, July 17
Hi Brady-Someone told me this once and it always stuck with me... it's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than to be up there wishing you were down here. Great piece of advice.I'll be at AV Fri and Sat, so I might stop by on Sat!
Posted by Randy Dallas
@ 09:20 AM, July 18
BradyTough decisions for sure...I had to make a lot of weather go/no-go decisions here in Florida and was always glad I made the right choice. I can honestly say that I never had any regrets even if it meant having to spend a little more vacation time pursuing my license than originally planned. Safety always comes First!The only other moment where I had to make a quick decision was during engine start-up on my check ride. A hornet had landed on my shorts and ended up stinging my finger when I inadvertantly set my hand on him. I made the decision to go because I am not allergic and my finger wasn't swelling, or hurting very much for that matter. I also talked to my examiner about him being able to take over the aircraft in case the situation unexpectedly changed and he was willing to do so since he was very familiar with the Remos G-3.Well I didn't even think about the finger after engine start and was able to successfully complete my check ride and earn my Sport Pilot certificate on Thursday, 16 July 2009. It took 20 days of flying over a 31 day period, 27.2hrs flight time, at a total cost of around $3,850. What a great experience and great start to a lifetime of learning more and more about being an aviator! It has been fun sharing training experiences in the Remos G-3 with you and others on this blog and want to thank you for this excellent forum. I hope it inspires many to chase their dream and learn to fly!It did me so I want to give back by offering one small bit of advice about your check ride. You have learned everything you need to have in order to pass. We have all seen it. Heck...they could probably pass you from just the videos...lol! Now just go out and have fun! Show the examiner what you know and how much flying means to you. Your passion will prove to the CFE that you are serious about aviation and that you deserve the title of Sport Pilot and the opportunity to pursue more ratings and certificates!Flying Rocks!Randy
Posted by Marti
@ 06:18 PM, July 18
Hi Brady, enjoyed your program at the museum last Saturday night. Regarding the go-no go decision, I remember one day when I got to the airport to take a lesson. It was a little windy and I was learning in an Aeronca Champ. My instructor asked me if I was ready to go. I told him I felt it was a little too windy for us. His reply: you've made a good decision. Some instructors can push you into making decisions you don't want to make. You might think that you need to go because they are expecting it. Instead, he left the decision up to me - I think perhaps because he was testing my judgment and decision making capabilities. As a pilot, I had seen him fly under much worse conditions so I know he was capable. His manner of allowing me to make the decision increased my trust in him.
Posted by John G
@ 02:57 AM, July 20
Yo Brady,Have a look at these guys from S.A. flying around the world in a light sport plane.http://www.airplanefactory.co.za/world/default.aspThey will be landing at Oshkosh!Say Hi to them for me.Jg.
Posted by dave
@ 02:08 PM, July 20
Remember that it is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.I haven't been following you for a long time, I have a PPL and was looking to get checked out in a Remos G3/600 last week. I found your blog as part of my research into the aircraft and watched almost all of the videos. Thanks for making the airspeed call-outs and describing handling and procedures. It really helped me more than anything else that I could find on the net. I had a bit of free instruction from you before I went up with the CFI.As long as I have you on the line, it would be great if you could do a walk around with features. A preflight with what you check for and a run-up with descriptions of what we are looking for does not seem to exist anywhere on the net.Thanks and happy flying!dave
Posted by Bill Beseler
@ 08:48 PM, July 22
Go get 'em Brady!!! You'll do great!!
Posted by nazrul islam
@ 10:14 PM, August 27
hi my name is nazrul islam i want to be pilot but i dont know what to do