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 Jason and I were going to go practice short and soft field landings. After taxiing about 2 miles to the end of runway 36, I noticed the power seemed to change, then the taxiway started getting real bumpy. A couple seconds later I realized what was really happening—a flat tire.These things happen. And I'm glad they're happening during my training. So what did we do? Called the tower, then called the shop and had them come out to see if the tire would hold air so we could get it back to the hangar.I'm glad real life continues to happen during training - because I know real life will continue once I get my certificate.Jason and I seized the opportunity to do some ground instruction over the hood of the plane while we waited. With planes landing on the runway beside us, the scenery doesn't get any better.And even though I'd rather be flying, it was nice to just get out to the airport today and deal with a flat tire.
Posted by Scott K
@ 05:12 PM, May 11
Brady__Flat tires on 2 occasions, replacing a radio antenna, and high oil temps during my training. In retrospect, I'm very glad that this happened during training - I remain cooler and more focused when it matters most!Scott
Posted by rusty
@ 06:51 PM, May 11
I've been there, just AFTER a landing @ KBUU thankfully you didn't LAND with a flat...sorta reinforces the preflight checklist idea the side-effect was a tour of Burlington, Wi in yet another former police cruiser airport car & my 1st visit to WAG Aero for a tube we were fortunate in that we landed at an airport with an A&P onsite/avaialble - enjoy your flying- when's the checkride?
Posted by Larry
@ 08:18 PM, May 11
Brady,Same thing happened to me. I had just made the last landing of the day in my Remos and on the taxi way back to the hanger I felt the same thing. Bumpy and sluggish movement. Sure enough...flat right tire. Glad it happened after the landing.
Posted by Doug
@ 08:51 AM, May 12
Happened in a G3 to me, too (and I've heard of other cases). After landing and turning onto the main taxiway with no issue, the tire just rolled off the rim, while taxiing at very slow speed. NOT a leak or puncture, JUST ROLLED OFF THE RIM. I wasn't even in a turn when it happened. I love the G3, but this has to be fixed before someone gets hurt. The thing is, this is easy to fix, but the S-LSA nature of the beast requires Remos to address it.
Posted by David
@ 10:09 PM, May 12
Yeah, these things happen. But as you said it's good real life experience that you're getting. This has happened twice to me, one time while I was flying Young Eagles with 3 kids in the plane and their parents watching from the FBO.
Posted by John Craparo
@ 10:14 PM, May 16
Since this is about learning to be a pilot and we want to set a great example, let's mention that casually leaning across or hanging around a propeller is not good practice. Even with the Master Switch off, the magnetos might still be "hot" and this flat tire could become far worse for Brady and Jason. Let's look after one another.
Posted by AHT
@ 03:51 PM, May 18
Hi Brady,I followed your progress sine Day 1 since I was considering taking flight lessons last fall. I'm having my first class this Wednesday and I just went over your whole series again yesterday and today. I'm so excited and I can't wait.
Posted by Randy Epstein
@ 07:32 PM, May 19
Brady, Seems to be a trend here. When I first started back last year I was flying a Zodiac. We'd been out doing T&G's at a nearby non-controlled field and we're coming back to the home field to end the day. We touched down and one of the mains blew. We got her stopped and then proceeded to try and pull the plane down the runway to the first taxiway. Hey, I was 57 then and got a bit winded before the guy with the tug showed up to finish moving it for us. Randy
Posted by scott fohrman
@ 09:23 PM, May 19
Ted looks good down there changing that tire!!!
Posted by Phil
@ 12:57 PM, May 22
Is the tire tubeless or is there in inner tube. If it is tubeless I would definatly look into installing an inner tube. Lucky you were at an airport that has an FBO.