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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

Thursday, February 26
Under the wing of the B-17
By Brady Lane at 11:00 AM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 14.8  |  Days since I started: 135  | Cost: $2,601.20  

I went over to the hangar yesterday to check on the plane.  I learned the replacement windshield will be here next week, which means soon I will be back in the air!

Remos B17

While I was there, I was also able to witness Aluminum Overcast's first flight of 2009.  After months of winter maintenance by EAA staff and volunteers, it's great to hear those four Wright 1,200 horsepower engines fire up.  The sound, the smell and the sight of the B-17 leaping off the runway is amazing!

In a little over a month it will depart for its national Salute to Veterans tour.  Check the schedule, because if it's coming near you, you won't want to miss it.

With all the planes hangared in EAA's Weeks Hanger, the Remos is often tucked underneath the wing of the B-17.  I've never taken for granted how cool it is to do the preflight inspection on the Remos in the shadow of such a historic plane.

B17 wing

I'm also working on a blog post about the video setup we're using to record each flight.  I've received numerous questions about the gear we're using, so check back in a couple days for some photos and explanation of how we're doing it.  It has been extremely valuable for me to be able to watch each lesson again after the flight.  And it's just cool!

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