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Earning My Wings:

a video blog about learning to fly

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

Recent Posts
I'm going to learn to fly!!
About this video blog
Getting started
Selecting an instructor
I have an instructor!
Waiting...actively waiting
First day of school
In the Remos G3-600
Flight 01: First flight!
It's not a do-list, it's a checklist
Flight 02: steep turns, slow flight
Safety Seminar
Flight 03: Stalls, steep turns, slow flight
Flight 04: Stalls, stalls & more stalls
Flight 05: Ground Reference Maneuvers
Flight 06: Talking to the Tower
The Wonders of Weather Watching
Flight 07: Practicing Emergencies
Flight 08: Landings
I'm Official!
Flight 09: More Landings
Flight 10: Stalls & Crosswind Landings
Flight 11: The Learning Plateau
What's it like to solo?
Flight 12: Back in the air
Flight 13: Landings
A different point of view
Flight 14: Gaining Confidence
Flight 15: 1st SOLO
Flight 16: Making Good Decisions
Read, Study, Sleep
Written Test: PASSED!
Under the wing of the B-17
Recording in-flight video
Good News!
A Thorough Look-Over
Just For Fun
Flight 17: Back in the Air
Flight 18: Stalls, Slow Flight and Landings
Flight 19: Crosswind Workout
Flight 20: Practice, Practice, Practice
Flight 21: First Cross-Country
At the End of Taxiway Alpha
Flight 22: Short, Soft Field Landings
Schedules and Spring Showers
Flight 23: Class C Airspace
Flight 24: On the Numbers
Flight 25: 2nd Solo
Flight 26: 1st Solo Cross-Country
Flight 27: Solo Landings & Heavy Traffic
Flight 28: Feeling the Heat
Flight 29: Practicing Short, Soft Field Landings
Flight 30: Solo Review
Oshkosh Tower visit
Tough Decisions
Flight 31-32: Final Review for Checkride
I'm a Pilot!
Checkride: Passed!
My First Passenger
License to Learn

Wednesday, October 14
License to Learn
By Brady Lane at 1:00 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 34.7  |  Days since I started: 365  | Cost: $5,157.60  

It was one year ago today that I took my first flight lesson. WOW, what an incredible year it has been!

I remember vividly what that first takeoff felt like, then a few months later what it felt like to take off with no one else in the plane.  It’s been an incredible journey and the best part is it’s just beginning.


I earned my sport pilot certificate a few months ago and this video blog chronicles the entire process—each and every lesson. 

If you’re curious what flight lessons are like, I encourage you to watch the videos on this blog.  If you’re currently taking lessons, I think you’ll find you’re not the only one who has ever struggled with short-field landings.   If you’ve been a pilot for 20 years, I hope you also enjoy these videos and will leave a comment or some advice from your experience to help those who are currently earning their wings.

It’s been said that a pilot’s certificate is a license to learn.  I feel I now have much to explore—landing on grass for the first time, flying a real cross-country (you know the across-the-country kind), flying to my first pancake breakfast, tailwheel training, who knows, maybe even floatplane and skiplane training.

As I continue to fly, the cameras will continue to roll and I will be posting the videos in a forum section on Oshkosh365 (more details to come soon).  I will also be writing a monthly column in Sport Aviation about my flying experiences as a new pilot.  I realize there is much remaining for me to experience and for me to learn and I look forward to sharing it all with you.

Thanks for helping me earn my wings with your advice and encouragement on this blog.  Hopefully this video series will continue to inspire people to act on their dreams. 


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