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
It's been almost three weeks since my last lesson and it felt great to get back in the air. The time away definitely made things feel strange at first.If you can help it, never take this much time off between lessons. I felt I spent the first three landings just getting used to the plane again. The runways were also icy today and using Runway 09 there was a direct crosswind from the south. Today's flight felt like one of those new year's resolution workouts. You know, the ones where you've been away from the gym too long and it's your first day back. It's hard and you know you're just playing catch up for lost time, but it still feels good to be back.Hopefully, the weather will allow us another "workout" this week.
Posted by Bhargav
@ 05:07 PM, January 07
Brady, i am regularly following your posts and its a very great read. I am currently doing my research on flying schools as i want to get my PPL for recreational flying :) .. very good job there and keep'em comin.
Posted by Brett from Australia
@ 05:57 PM, January 07
Great work Brady, I'm following your blog rather closely now and looking at your 3 week break and what you said, well I'm going to try and avoid that. Oshkosh give you some real challenging landings, it looks amazing there mate! I've been flying a CZAW Sportcruiser with all of my lessons and just love this aircraft. The Remos looks like a sweet plane to fly and you're reading it really well. Nothing like having that kind of confidence over your aircraft! Keep it up mate!Oh hey if you ever want to check out an Australian LSA / Ultralight website & forum, come and say g'day at www.recreationalflying.com.auA few guys from there are planning on coming to Oshkosh this year for the airshow.....I'll get over there eventually!Happy flying mate!Brett
Posted by Peter Pike
@ 06:46 PM, January 07
Welcome back Brady!
Posted by Chris Kemp
@ 09:32 AM, January 09
Great work Brady,Love the documentary of your adventure into flying. You mentioned a while back that you found communicating with tower distracting. I found a website where you can listen to towers talking to traffic all over the U.S. and abroad. Go to www.liveatc.net. One of the best Class D airports to listen to is Grand Forks (KGFK). They have a very good aviation school that flies out of this airport. And, it's not uncommon to have 15 to 20 small aircraft around the pattern talking to tower. They're also helicopter students training around the airport.Keep the dirty side down!Chris KempWilliston, ND
Posted by Bhargav
@ 01:37 PM, January 09
@Chris Kemp :"Keep the dirty side down!"I am a motorcycle rider and we say "Keep the shiny side up !!" :)good to hear, we have a similar "line" in aviation too :)
Posted by Steve Carroll
@ 09:35 AM, January 10
Just remember this when you get the ticket. Don't take time off then either. Keep flying as much and as often as your wallet will allow.
Posted by Geff Galbari
@ 02:07 AM, January 22
Great job on your solo,it really brings back some memories. I have really enjoyed watching all of the videos, and recommend this site to anyone interested in learning to fly or wants to get back into it. Keep the videos comming, I look forward to seeing Wisconsin green again.
Posted by Alexander Massey
@ 04:53 AM, January 22
Hi Brady really really good work. Your videos are a really excellent insite into the learnng process. I hope I get an instructor as friendly and helpful as yours. Here in the UK the price for lessons is quite expensive, I would say almost double the US cost, even with a good exchange rate! Seeing your videos is making me really save hard, and once my Uni is finshed who knows. Anyway all the best, keep up the good landings.Alex Massey
Posted by Ann Criswel __ THIRST
@ 03:35 PM, January 23
Brady, What an exciting trip! WOW, you did it!! I've enjoyed following your whole advnture! Great job. Ann
Posted by Mark from Detroit
@ 04:29 PM, January 27
You are doing such a service to those who are considering getting started and those who are training. I want to know why you have chosen a sport plane and if you are going for a sport pilot certificate or a private pilot rating? It is so much fun to fly at night! Don't limit yourself. I want to get back into flying after being out of Army aviation for 13 years (helicopters).
Posted by Marty Vander Zanden
@ 08:43 PM, August 17
Brady, You wre right on the ball picking a Instuctor. The was my big mistake. I'm doing much better now with a new one. Thanks for the good info. Marty
Posted by Howard Buss
@ 04:07 PM, September 20
I wanted to thank you for this series. I am 68 years old and had about 20 hours of flying time when I was young. Do mainly to financial problems I was unable to continue. Thanks for letting me relive that experience through you