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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
Studying
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, November 25
The Wonders of Weather Watching
By Brady Lane at 1:15 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 6.1  |  Days since I started: 42  | Cost: $1,182.70  

radar

Jason and I wanted to get several flights in last week since we knew our schedules wouldn't align this week.  Well, the weather didn't cooperate and kept us grounded.   Instead we took advantage of the opportunity to do a little ground school on weather.

When he first showed me a METAR, my honest thought was, "Oh great, another language to learn."  But after a few minutes, I realized these are really fun to decipher and they aren't hard at all. 

In fact, today my wife and I drove across the country on our way to meet family for Thanksgiving and I thought it'd be fun to see what the weather was doing along our path.  It was good practice and I'm already getting quicker at reading the METARs and TAFs, but the nice weather sure made me wish I was in the sky today. 

KOSH 251953Z 29008KT 10SM CLR 01/M06 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP187 T00111056
KMSN 251953Z 30006KT 10SM FEW030 02/M06 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP192 T00171056
KSTL 251951Z 00000KT 10SM FEW250 06/M06 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP222 T00611061
KMEM 251953Z 30007KT 10SM FEW250 13/M03 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP228 T01331033 $
KLIT 251953Z 17005KT 10SM CLR 17/M01 A3019 RMK AO2 SLP225 T01721011


Hopefully the weather will be this nice when I return to OSH in a few days.  I'm glad I've been practicing because Jason said from here on I would be responsible for checking the weather before each flight. 

http://adds.aviationweather.gov offers numerous tools and resources.  After spending a couple hours on the site, I feel I've only scratched the surface.

If there is a certain tool or resource you've found helpful, please share.


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