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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

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Flight 02: steep turns, slow flight
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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
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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

Wednesday, June 03
Flight 23: Class C Airspace
By Brady Lane at 6:00 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 24.3  |  Days since I started: 232  | Cost: $3,884.80  

We flew to Green Bay today and I landed at my first Class C airport.

Since I normally fly at a towered field, procedurally the only thing different was calling approach before calling the tower - not that big of deal.  However, other factors of the flight made it a very educational lesson for me.  Here's a few tips I took away from the flight:

• write down squak frequencies before trying to enter them in to the transponder
• some controllers are hard to hear, so don't hesitate to ask them to repeat instructions
• stay ahead of the aircraft by programming in the next radio frequency before you need it
• when you share an aircraft with other pilots, expect that some of the settings in the plane may be changed since your last flight
• if you're flying a high-wing tricycle-gear plane, some controllers will call you a Cessna even after you tell them you're in a Remos LSA  (this also makes communication hard if you're not listening for that identification).

class c

In order for a sport pilots to fly into Class B, C and D airspace they must recieve and log training in that airspace.  Since there are two Class C airports nearby (MKE and GRB) Jason wanted to be sure I had that experience and training. 

It was a great flight and my landing back in OSH felt like one of my best landings ever.  I even hit the numbers thanks to some of your advice and suggestions on the blog! 

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