Thursday, July 23
By Brady Lane at 4:00 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 34.7 | Days since I started: 282 | Cost: $5,157.60
It's hard to describe the incredible feeling of being a certificated pilot! There are few things that compare to such a privilege.
It hasn't been an easy road, in fact my training has been a roller coaster of emotions: fun, challenging, exciting, exhausting—but in the end, extremely rewarding. It's been a journey that has stretched me and grown me more than I ever imagined when I started.
I've heard numerous people say that a pilot certificate is a license to learn. I can't wait to take my first passenger, fly to my first pancake breakfast, land on my first grass strip, and go on my first fly-in camping trip—all the while sharpening my skills and knowledge as a pilot.
Thanks for all your notes of encouragement throughout my training so far. It isn't over. Jason still wants to take me up and do some spin training and who knows, maybe I will start working on my tailwheel endorsement or a floatplane rating soon!
Nonetheless, stay tuned. I can't wait to start enjoying the benefits of having a pilot's certificate and I hope to share some of those experiences with you via this blog.
If you're coming to Oshkosh this week for AirVenture, I invite you to attend one of the forums Jason and I are doing at the Learn to Fly Discovery Center. (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m.) I'd love to meet you and shake your hand for helping me earn my wings.