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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

Monday, November 03
Flight 04: Stalls, stalls & more stalls
By Brady Lane at 7:15 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 4.1  |  Days since I started: 20  | Cost: $822.70  

There were several things that made today’s flight feel a little different.  It was warmer, more humid and visibility wasn’t as clear as our previous lessons.  None of these posed a problem, just made for a different flying experience.  You’ll notice in the video the horizon isn’t as clearly defined.

Jason quizzed me to see what I remembered about slow flight, then we went at it.  I’m glad we are practicing these maneuvers over several different lessons, because the same exact maneuver on different days in different conditions feels quite a bit different.

We spent the majority of the lesson practicing stalls—power on and power off.  I still think these are a blast!  They aren’t as scary* as their reputation has them out to be and they are easy to recover from.  (*having a couple thousand ft. of altitude beneath us may be one reason I don’t think they’re that scary.)

Our landing today was also different than previous lessons.  We entered the pattern on right base and therefore made right turns instead of left ones.  I also didn’t get to fly the whole pattern.  I’ve found flying the whole pattern gives me time to setup and think everything through in my head before actually doing it.  But, I know it’s good for me to learn various ways of entering the pattern.

It was a good landing, but I was a little bummed that I wasn’t able to do it all myself.  In time...in time.

Jason gave me some homework before next time — read about ground reference maneuvers.  


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