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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

Tuesday, October 14
Flight 01: First flight!
By Brady Lane at 6:15 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 0.9  |  Days since I started: 0  | Cost: $379.90  

I have one hour in the logbook!

Jason let me take the controls for the whole flight (except landing). When he told me I was going to do most the flying, my eyebrows raised and I gave him the “Are you sure about this?” look. 

It was a blast though!  Here are some of the things we did... 

Taxi — using rudder to steer took a few minutes getting used to

Takeoff — as soon as we had full throttle, the plane jumped off the runway.  It’s an amazing feeling!

Holding Altitude/Climbs/Descents — it felt like we were level when we were climbing.  And when we were actually level, it felt like our nose was pointed way down.  Hopefully, the more time I spend in the plane the better feel I’ll get for this.

Turns — these are fun!  You can really feel the controls of the plane in a turn.

Traffic pattern — this made sense when he explained it, but actually doing it was a little more complicated.  I’m glad we practiced it away from the airport first.  This is another thing I hope will become easier the more I practice it.

Landing — Jason took the controls here and made it look easy.  There are so many things happening at once – watching altitude, speed, working the throttle, the stick, the rudder, and also communicating with the tower. WOW.  Landing seems a little overwhelming right now.

When we landed, I was extremely excited as well as exhausted.  If I had to wrap up the whole flight it would be — information overload, but I DID IT! 

There is plenty to learn in coming weeks but now I know it is achievable.  It is within reach and doable. 

Just to feel the controls at work is an incredible feeling!

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