UPDATE: Now that I’ve earned my wings, I’m still flying, still learning and the cameras are still rolling. 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 sport pilot, come on over to EAA.org/abinitio to watch videos of my most recent flights. - Brady
Today's flight was fun—especially the steep turns. Banking at 45 degrees is quite the sensation!Strangely enough, I also enjoyed taxiing and taking off. These are the two areas where I am already beginning to feel more comfortable. (I honestly thought it would take a little longer to get used to steering with my feet.)Jason then introduced me to slow flight (AKA sloppy flight). I'll get a chance to practice it next time. It's quite the contrast going 50 mph right after doing steep turns at 90 mph. The wind gusts also really toss you around when you're going slow.Landing is still quite intimidating. We had a crosswind to contend with this time, so it felt like we were doing a million and one things simultaneously—instead of just a million. As always, Jason made it look easy. Before our next flight I'm going to spend some time reading on stalls and will probably meet with Jason for a ground session.
Posted by Ernest
@ 10:25 PM, October 28
WOW! Brady, thanks for sharing this with us... Your excitement and thoroughness is contagious. Jason seems like a very supportive and gifted instructor... good choice. And thanks to EAA for sponsoring this blog. From a person who like Brady always wanted to get his license but never did, this is really exciting. I felt like I was actually sitting behind you two in the plane... I even realized I was holding my breath a few times, and I shared your excitement, along with the butterflies. I look forward to future updates. The added info of your flight time, elapsed training time, and cost is also great information in your blog design. This has to be the next best thing to actually taking lessons myself... and maybe someday I will... Thanks Again!
Posted by John Craparo
@ 01:17 PM, October 29
This is a great idea and I do hope it attracts new students. Lots of them! Let's call it a Sport Pilot "Certificate". Dogs and software are licensed, pilots are certified. Thanks!
Posted by Nick Leggett
@ 01:38 PM, October 29
Hello, Keep working at it and having fun. Learning to fly is a great experience.
Posted by Chris P
@ 08:58 PM, October 29
Hey Brady !I'm really glad to see you and the EAA doing this blog . I'm actually preparing to go back to flying myself . I was taking lessons for my private lic. about 10 yrs ago..... I had to give it up after my first child was born ( couldn't afford it anymore ). Now , 2 children and 10 yrs later , I'm ready to continue . I really would like to thank the ALL of the folks at EAA for their hard work on sport pilot . All of your hard work has , and is going to , make the dream of flight much more attainable for a lot of people....including me . I too have been hitting the books ( so to speak ). I bought the KING SCHOOLS get - it- all sport pilot course at AIRVENTURE 2 yrs. ago . I've spent the last few weekends watching the videos.......I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone . I'm really looking forward to following your progress . Chris P.
Posted by Leigh Ann
@ 10:25 PM, October 29
I'm hooked on your blog !! Thanks for letting me go along for the ride.
Posted by Charles Luzze
@ 07:31 AM, October 30
Great video. I'm a student too, now practicing stalls and spins in a Citabria (over the ocean off MA). I would love to video these maneuvers from the cockpit, with voice, like you are doing. Can you explain what video components you use (brand, model, etc) and how you have them hooked up? Thanks!
Posted by Brady Lane
@ 04:47 PM, October 31
Charles—spins in a Citabria sound fun. As far as recording equipment, I am using two lipstick cams from raceoptics.com that record to a DVR. To record audio I am plugging a Edirol R-09 into the intercom then syncing it all together later in Final Cut Pro. There are an assortment of helmet cam manufacturers out there though, so shop around and let me know what you decide on. Chris P.— I am also grateful for all the people that worked so hard to create the sport pilot ruling. Best of luck to you as you return to the skies. Are you gonna be going for a sport pilot certificate?
Posted by Chris P.
@ 10:10 PM, November 02
Hi Brady , I just watched the slow flight...stalls post . I'm smiling from ear to ear ....LOL , it looks like fun ! Yes , I am going to start with my Sport pilot cert....ultimately I want to earn my Sport Pilot CFI . I too am here in Oshkosh , so I assume and hope , we'll cross paths sooner or later .
Posted by Val B
@ 01:16 AM, November 06
Thank you Brady! You have brought back many wonderful memories for me. I hope to go back soon as it, too, has been many years since I was learning. Keep up the info as I know there is a pilot in all of us!
Posted by Chris Hagen
@ 11:28 AM, September 05
Hi Brady, This is Chris, we met at Airventure... I am the one who told you how your video blog inspired me to take lessons and I was at you seminar... Well... I did my first solo today and it was AWESOME!!! That is the only word I can think of to describe it besides AWESOME, well worth the time, effort, and money. My instructor told me the other day I was close but made it sound like Tuesday of next week was the day. Even this morning in the plane he was telling me probably my next flight will be solo. So I did a few flawless power off landings and he told me to pull on the ramp... My stomach hit the floor! It was such a great feeling of accomplishment the first time I landed... I just wanted to keep you updated and thank you again for your inspiration. I am going to try to get a link to your video blog on the airport website and also post a link on my website. WOW! I did it!!! Thanks again I'll keep you updated on my progress... Hope you and your family are well.
Posted by John Payne
@ 07:23 PM, March 29
Brady,I just watched your videos and I must say I had a smile from ear to ear as I watched. I am currently in flight training and have about 6 hours of flight time. I can honestly say I was just as excited watching each video as when I actually fly. The videos were great and offered alot of insight of what it takes to progress in getting that license to learn. Great job! I didn,t think my desire to fly could be any greater than it is but you seemed to bring it up a notch. You are a great host and I could see you being a fine instructor one day if you went that route. Hope to see more.
Posted by Al
@ 03:23 PM, May 13
This is just about where I am now. My instructor did exactly what yours did and it made an impression on me. Landing is hard, many things to do at once.