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
Jason and I went flying twice today to do some final checkride prep. The first flight, we stayed in the pattern. I flew one regular landing, four short field landings and two soft field landings. None of them were perfect, but all of them were acceptable and within the PTS guidelines. The second flight we reviewed ground reference maneuvers, stalls and came back in for a couple crosswind landings.These flights were mostly about me gaining the confidence that "Yes I can do all these tasks." It's amazing how much of this is mental confidence.We also spent about 4-5 hours together today reviewing anything and everything I could be asked about during the oral questioning portion of the checkride.The thought of a checkride is still nerve-racking, but now I know I can do it.I can't believe I'm about to make a phone call to schedule my checkride! I've been looking forward to this day for a long time.
Posted by Tucker
@ 02:27 PM, July 22
Brady,I've been watching these videos since the start and have thoroughly enjoyed them. They are so inspiring for me as I go through my training and wait until I am eligible to solo(I'm only 15). I wish you luck in your checkride and I know you'll do well. -Tucker
Posted by Bhargav
@ 03:45 PM, July 22
wooo checkride next week ? will you be able to setup the cams for hte checkride as well ? :) i would be fun to kinda watch the check ride.
Posted by Russ Hearn
@ 03:55 PM, July 22
Wow Brady ready for the checkride. I am about 3 classes away from finishing ground school and studying for my written exam. Once I clear that hurdle it's on to doing what you've been doing in all these videos which have been great to watch and I just hope I develop the same confidence you have when time comes for the checkride.God bless!
Posted by Chris
@ 04:00 PM, July 22
Just in time for AirVenture...go get what you have earned! You can do it...go Brady go!
Posted by Brandon
@ 04:25 PM, July 22
Posted by JIM
@ 05:16 PM, July 22
Go Get 'Em Brady!!! Good Luck on your checkride
Posted by CAPTBee
@ 06:13 PM, July 22
Congratulations ... you have done it right ! Enjoy your checkride, Jason has made sure that you are ready. See you next week in Oshkosh. BZ (well done)
Posted by Bryan
@ 06:20 PM, July 22
Great Job Brady!Just remember most of your checkride is just demonstrating that you are able to fly safely and have a general knowledge of things. Also remember that most D.E. are old instructors so they will drill you till they find something you don't know and teach you. I ended up talking about helicopters and glass panels during my oral and I have never flow a helicopter and have .5 hours in a glass panel equipped plane.Bryan
Posted by Jim Cunningham
@ 07:55 PM, July 22
Good luck today. A couple of things that I pass on to students before checkrides that nobody ever told me (but I wish they would have):1. You don't automatically fail a checkride if you make a couple of mistakes and go outside specified tolerances on maneuvers. The grounds for failure in the PTS state "consistently" exceed tolerances. If you miss one a bit, the main thing the DE will look for is if you notice and take corrective action fairly soon. If you do, just correct... DON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT unless asked.2. The DE will know that they're probably not seeing you at your best because you're a tad nervous. They're used to that. A few mistakes are expected. Above all, what they are looking for is sound judgment, because this is what you will use when you get your license and there will not be an instructor with you to tell you what to do. They want to make sure that you will make good decisions (which often have more than one correct solution). Good luck sir! Jim
Posted by Brett Campany
@ 08:18 PM, July 22
Good luck next week mate, will be thinkin of ya!
Posted by Aaron Barthol
@ 10:19 PM, July 22
Right on Brady!I would to see some footage from the checkride if able. Get 'r done man! Good luck.
Posted by José Joaquín Torres
@ 12:24 AM, July 23
Good job and congratulations. I know you will do a wonderful job on your check ride.
Posted by Dwight
@ 11:11 AM, July 23
Good luck on your checkride. I have enjoyed watching you and I am inspired and excited as I begin this journey of flying. See you at OSH.So what is next? A homebuilt plane?
Posted by Randy Dallas
@ 10:56 AM, July 24
BradyI really enjoyed the final review flights. And the comment about just knowing you can do the short field landings is spot on! Jason really summed that up well. It's also good that you had the windy conditions on your second flight. Most of my flying had been in windy conditions and I think I learned a lot from having to make constant adjustments. Landings, in particular, were where it payed off the most. I had to learn to stay active on the controls and never stop flying the airplane until it is stopped. (It got ugly a couple of times when I didn't do that!). All that windy stuff really made my calm day flying and landings look good. Have fun with your next flight my friend,Randy
Posted by jim heffelfinger
@ 01:15 AM, September 30
Okay Brady it's time to get back into the left seat and give us another instalment of the blog.
Posted by Horst Engländer
@ 05:15 AM, December 29
Very nice Videos. A wonderful idea to tape all this. It brings back a lot of memories from the days that I`ve been going thrue my learning and earning wings.Thanks a lot.Greetings from Germany
Posted by Kevin
@ 08:25 PM, January 08
I loved the video 'First passenger'. That was just so cool.
Posted by John Dinger
@ 10:25 AM, February 01
Hi Brady,Can't tell you how much I enjoyed your first passenger story. Fantastic! It let me re-live my own experience, but minus the romantic part. Yours, I believe, was exceptionally the best.Many people ask me the 'how do I...' and 'how much' questions of flight training. Now I know of a site to send them to that answers it all, thanks to you. Best of luck to you.
Posted by Merwyn Riddle
@ 10:56 PM, April 26
I enjoyed watching your videos tonight. I felt some of the feeling I remember from 72 years ago as I learned to fly in an Aeronca Champiom. The day I was 21 I enlisted as f Flying Cadet in eht Army Air Corps. I got my wings just a month after Pearl Harbor. In the next 5years, I flew P-40's, P-38's, B25's,17's and 24's and others. I loved all of them. I am now 90 years old and I can no longer pass my Commercial physical. I found your blog while looking for info on the Remos. I'm considering a trying for a Private license amd buying an airplane. Wish me luck! Thanks for the inspiration I received from your blog. Congratulatins on your success1Merwyn
Posted by Richard Burrell
@ 09:23 AM, June 29
I live in Anchorage, Alaska and learning to fly up here is like training an eaglet to fly in a hurricane. Weather,weather,weather. I wish Jason was based here, he seems more patient than my instructor, ha ha. Good job Brady! Now to be able to own a plane so you can fly when the mood strikes...Every Pilot's dream.
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 09:49 AM, June 29
Richard, I was just in Anchorage and met some really great folks from the EAA chapter there. It was my first visit to Alaska and I thought the entire state looked like a giant playground for pilots, that is, if the weather cooperates. Hang in there though and if you ever need a little encouragement, look up some of those EAA chapter members who I'm sure would love to take you flying. John Davis is one of the guys I met and I'm sure he'd be happy to help you out any way he can. I can put you in touch with him if you don't already know each other. Send me your phone# and email at email@example.com if you want.
Posted by Eloise p.Tadefa- Everett
@ 11:43 PM, August 19
Im a retired Air Force soldier and have always wanted to learn to fly, Im excited and scared to death at the same time!!I cant wait to start!!Appreciate your blogs. TSgt Tadefa-Everett
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 11:48 PM, August 19
Eloise, That's a completely normal feeling. I'm almost always a little scared and a lot excited before every flight. Especially so when I first started. You'll love it and will become more and more comfortable the more you fly. Let me know if there is anything we can do to help you as you begin lessons. - Brady
Posted by Bob Hoffman
@ 04:22 PM, October 31
I'm learning to fly in a Remos and I feel the Xplane sim might be helpful to me. Anyone know where I can get this flight sim? And any thoughts on whether or not this would, in fact, be helpful?Many ThanksBob Hoffman
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 09:30 AM, November 03
Bob,I have x-plane 8 (an older version) and I enjoy flying the REMOS on it. Here's a link where you can download the free plane...http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=4681Was it helpful? Who knows. I used to practice traffic patterns with it and I think it did help learn the basics of how speed is controlled by pitch, altitude by power. It's not calibrated to fly like the real plane does but I still think it was helpful. As I flew a traffic pattern, I would also make the radio calls to get used to what to say at various points in the pattern.
Posted by Ebenezer Beeko
@ 11:21 AM, November 27
That was absolutely inspiring.Unfortunately we do not have such facilities in West Africa (Ghana), but I hope to be your guest on one of your future flights some day.We would then plan to start early enough so that we could have a full meal at the restaurant. More grease to your elbows !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by John Gallagher
@ 10:50 AM, April 19
Brady - Found your Blog and have truly enjoyed watching your adventure. I've wanted to learn to fly since my first flight. You have encouraged me vicariously to take that step. I'm moving this June and will be within several miles of an airport. I pray I can find as good an instructor as you had. Thank you so much and I look forward to watching your continued flying adventures.
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 10:56 AM, April 19
John, Glad to hear you've been enjoying the blog. Hopefully, you can learn a few things from my bouncy landings! The best part is with enough practice, they do start getting better. Let me know if I can help as you begin flying. Learning a new skill isn't always easy, but it's very rewarding if you stick with it. Enjoy the journey!!
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Posted by koray kiris
@ 09:20 AM, March 21
well done mate! great to hear your story and hope I can do the same sometime...enjoy!