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Flying Fancy

, April 27th, 2010

Since receiving my private pilot's licence last September, I haven't done much purpose flying.  I would make a point to stay current but I really hadn't done any serious flying.  Gazing over the logbook, I had put in a whopping 2.9 hours.  Looking back, my primary distraction was high school.  Not the worst distraction but still, it kept me from my passion.  The other week, a friend and I were discussing date ideas for him and his girlfriend.  At this point, I was really itching to get flying again so I made a half-selfish suggestion to take her to a nice dinner; in an airplane.  It must not have been horrible since he liked the idea.

We set up the date with enough time for me to secure both night and dayAerial photo of C02 (Grand Geneva Resort Airport) currency.  Three days before our proposed trip, I spent some time re-familiarizing myself in our flying club's 172.  Not only did I practice landings and general flying skills, I made sure I knew how to operate the GPS.  I haven't had much time using the Garmin GPS 150.  The flight went fairly well in my opinion.  In the week before, I searched the internet for aviation-friendly fine dining. directed me to  the Grand Geneva Resort (C02).  I had heard about the resort on the radio but was unfamiliar it had publicly open restaurants and a runway.  After deeming the airport worthy of a fantastic night, I made reservations.


Getting Your Feet Off The Ground

, April 27th, 2010

I'm writing this with a huge smile on my face! Today I received an email from one of my readers on MzeroA saying

"I don't know what took me so long to get my feet off the ground. I've been a reader of your blog and even picked up a copy of your Private Pilot Blueprint like you suggested in your AOPA post "I Want to Learn to Fly - Where Do I Start?" Thanks for helping me get my feet off the ground."

What an awesome email to get! I find this all over, students who have the itch to learn to fly but don't know where to get started or aren't sure that you can do it. Read More >>

Allowing Your Dream to Take Flight

, April 21st, 2010

Everyone has dreamed of flying, and everyone deserves to attempt to fly. Thanks to modern aviation it is now possible for anyone to allow their dreams of flight to take form. With flight schools, the ordinary man can now learn to fly and touch the skies. However, you need to take the steps yourself to learn to fly and gain the gift of flight.

Find a School or Independent CFI?

In order to start your path towards becoming a pilot, you should find start finding a good school. There should be one or two that you can find in your area. Take time to look around, and use the Internet especially to your advantage. There is also a lot of information that you can find about Independent CFI’s (Certified Flight Instructors) near you or your city if you just be patient enough to search through the Internet. When you find them, compile a list of their names and use as it as your reference for further research. The real question to ask yourself is: Do I want that private one on one instruction or is the flight school environment where I may fly with an array of instructors more for me? Look into prices for both. You may be very surprised. Read More >>

What to Expect on Your Private Pilot Checkride

, April 21st, 2010

For some time now, you have been training under a CFI who has helped you every step of the way. From the preflight checklist up until the moment you set the wheels down and taxi to the hangar. Now, you of all people should understand that nothing lasts forever, including your student pilot status.

Cirrus SR-22

The private pilot checkride is a mandatory exam that is given at the peak of one’s flying lessons after the student pilot has accumulated at least 40 hours of flight training. Passing the private pilot checkride will result into the much coveted private pilot certificate or the license to fly the skies on your own. Because of that, some student pilots are understandably stressed and anxious when their private pilot checkride is approaching. As if the hefty price tag of training and checkride isn't enough!

While the nerves are pretty normal for any student pilot, it is imperative that they are calm before the checkride. In order to do that, it is time to educate yourself about what one can expect during the test. Some misconceptions actually abound about the checkride, which add further unnecessary stress to the budding private pilot. Here's 2 things you CAN expect.

Why You Should Learn to Fly

, April 21st, 2010

The real question is why shouldn’t you? Learning to Fly is one of the greatest things you can do. Everyone has a chance to be a pilot but few ever pursue the goal. There are however a few misconceptions about learning to fly that I’ll be shedding light on.
Here’s some notions you need to throw out the window…

I Can’t Learn to Fly It’s Too Expensive!

I’ll be honest with you flying can be expensive. But it by no means will break the bank like many people think! There are so many factors that go into play. Read More >>

I Want to Learn to Fly! Where do I Start?

, April 5th, 2010

If I took a survey of most frequently asked question delivered to my inbox, this one ranks pretty high.
Learn to Fly
“I want to learn to fly! Where do I start?”

Some instructors would tell you “hop in the plane and lets go!” Which can be fine but there is more to flying then just getting in the plane!

Have you ever considered the ground instruction, self study, and financial attachments involved?

A great instructor will share with you the ins and outs of training to help you become the safest pilot and save the most money. Read More >>

Pilot Log – April 4, 2010

, April 5th, 2010

The forecast for Sunday looked much better than the day.  Arriving at the gliderport at 10AM, I was disappointed there weren't any cumulus clouds yet, an indication of rising air. The morning sounding showed an unstable airmass, and that usually means lift early in the day.

But you can never know for certain what the day will bring until you're in the air.

First step for me is to assemble the glider. This isn't nearly as hard as it sounds. In fact, it's easy. It takes about fifteen minutes to put on the wings, the horizontal stabilizer, and the winglets. Gear down, then back the aircraft out of its dolly and it's just a preflight away from launching. Read More >>