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The Airplane Kid

A aviation flight student shares his passion for aviation. About Evan Krueger

Pretending there are clouds

May 14th, 2009

Today, Dana and I worked on simulated instrument flight (instrument flight is flying based only on your gauges (as if you were in the clouds)).  Dana had been running a little late today, and I was running early (for once).  Since I had a little bit of down time, I took the plane up solo and practiced cross wind takeoffs and landings.  Today was a good day for them too; the wind was blowing directly across the runway at about 10 knots.  To make things harder, there were significant air pockets that kept bumping the plane up and down.  This made those three landings quite difficult.  More than once I had to go around because of up and down drafts.  After Dana arrived, we departed to the Northwest to start the lesson.
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Training update

May 8th, 2009

Lately, I've noticed how long it's been since I've been up with Dana.  Looking at the calendar, It's been a month and a half.  After saving up some funds, I scheduled a lesson with Dana for Tuesday after school.   Read More >>

First solo cross country

March 25th, 2009

5K6 - 3CK - KDKB - KLOT

Last Friday was the first time I used the airplane for a purpose other than fun.  For my very first solo cross country, I visited my flying friends Tim and Anthony at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.  Anthony invited me to visit him for the day, and with the university right on the airport, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fly down and meet him.  I arrived at Westosha at 7:30 in the morning to meet with Greg Smith.  Greg is an instructor at Westosha and agreed to look over my flight plan.   Read More >>

My First Cross Country

March 17th, 2009

Sorry for taking so long for posting about my cross country.  School has been extremely hectic making it hard to simply sit down and blog.  Well, Wednesday was finally a success.  After coming home from school, I quickly packed my flight bag and sped to the airport.   Read More >>

On My Own

March 5th, 2009

Today was the first flight in which Dana played no direct role in (kind of).  Today, I booked the plane at 16:00 for a just-for-fun flight.  I planned on bringing my camera and GPS to do some ariel photography.  As soon as I got home from school, I jumped in the car and headed out to the airport.  When I got there, I swiped my club membership card at the lock boxes to grab my key.   Read More >>

Fire!!!

March 2nd, 2009

Yesterday was supposed to be my first cross country with Dana.  Instead it turned into my first real emergency.  The day started with me getting a weather briefing for our flight.  Everything seemed good except the cautiously low ceilings.   Read More >>

Saturday’s Cross Country

February 27th, 2009

Just like I promised, here is the plan for my first cross country with Dana.  My flight will consist of Flying from Westosha in Wilmot, Wisconsin, west to Monroe Airport in Monroe , then North to Watertown Airport in Watertown, then back south to good ‘ol Westosha. Read More >>

Shorts and Softs

February 17th, 2009

Yesterday was all about the short and soft field takeoffs and landings.  Although they are not used very often, its always a good idea to follow the Boy Scout's motto to "be prepared".  You never know when you might have to put the plane down in a tight space or a turf strip.  Having the skills to safely land the airplane at unusual airports can help in an emergency instead of creating one.  I made sure to leave extra early so I could brush off the snow that had fallen the previous night.  After brushing off all the snow and preflighting, we departed runway three to remain in the traffic pattern for the next hour.   Read More >>

Even More Freedom

February 5th, 2009

After not flying for a painfully slow 36 days, I finally got the opportunity to get some more flight time in. Because we had an early release at school, I got the opportunity to fly in the afternoon. I arrived at Westosha about 2:00 and walked into the brand new flight office. Although it is not completely finished (needs outlet covers, furniture, etc…), it is extremely nice (and warm!). Read More >>

The Traffic Pattern

January 29th, 2009
The Traffic Pattern

Some people may be quite confused when I use the terms downwind, final, or base. These terms come from a common flight path around an airport called the traffic pattern. Read More >>