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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

Wednesday, June 10
Flight 24: On the Numbers
By Brady Lane at 6:15 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 25.5  |  Days since I started: 239  | Cost: $4,046.80  

It's going to take some more practice before I'm consistent, but I did finally stick a couple good short field landings!  It was another one of those great feelings of accomplishment.

I've also been struggling this whole time with not enough right rudder on landing, but Jason explained something to me in this lesson that I think is really going to help.  See the video for his explanation.

It seems learning to fly is all about ups and downs (no pun intended).  What I mean is that one lesson you're introduced to something that seems incredibly difficult and you end up leaving frustrated.  Then a couple lessons later, you start to get it and have this incredible feeling of satisfaction.  But as soon as you start feeling competent with the task at hand, you're introduced to a new challenge, a new skill and will probably feel overwhelmed again.

Learning to fly is a giant roller coaster of emotions.  I now have logged 96 landings and think I've also had about that many different emotions throughout this process. 

It's been an incredible journey so far though!


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