The topic was adventure flying and acquiring additional certificates and ratings, but as usual, the Flight Training Facebook chatters tossed us a wide variety of questions. Here’s an except from the Feb. 5 chat:
Jill: Ian, what was your most adventurous flight?
Ian: Good question. Probably landing a Cessna 185 on the Pica Glacier on Denali. That was a thrill.
Ian: So who is thinking of going beyond the private? Anyone have interest in gliders, seaplanes, etc.?
Comment from Your Name: I just finished my instrument rating. I am building time for the commercial, then I will get commercial ASEL, seaplane as well as gliders.
Comment from Bob: I started my private several years ago, but had to stop due to life issues. Looking to get back into flying and would love to get my seaplane rating after that…
Comment from Your Name: Jill, you own a Cherokee 140, right? How is flying different as an owner vs. a renter?
Jill: Hi there, Your Name! : ) Yes, that’s correct. Flying is different in that, as an owner, I am more mindful of things like how I am on the brakes, whether I remember to turn off the switches—stuff that can affect my pocketbook. Plus, while I was careful not to misuse rentals, I am careful about how I stow my aircraft—always put in cowl plugs, wipe off bugs ,and such.