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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

Saturday, June 13
Flight 27: Solo Landings & Heavy Traffic
By Brady Lane at 10:30 AM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 29.2  |  Days since I started: 242  | Cost: $4,456.30  

In my last couple flights I noticed the Remos flies noticeably different without a passenger so I wanted to go up to practice, practice, practice some more solo landings.

The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was also International Young Eagles Day, so the airport was quite a bit busier than when I normally fly during the week.  It was a great feeling to know that even though the airport was heavy with traffic, I was comfortable with the workload. 

This is also a great example of one of the many unexpected lessons, those real-life experiences, I've encountered in my training that have helped me become a better pilot.  Sometimes the best lessons are the ones you can't plan for.

None of my landings today were great, but none were bad either.  They all could've been better.  By the end of the day I felt I had a much better feel for landing the Remos without a passenger. 

So what's left?  Below are the requirements I have to complete for a sport pilot certificate.  All that remains is one more hour of solo flight and some flight time with Jason to review for the checkride. I'm on the homestretch and I'm getting excited! 

__√__ 20 hours of flight time including:

__√__ 15 hours of dual instruction

_____  5 hours of solo flight time

__√__ 2 hours of cross-country dual instruction

__√__ 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop involving traffic pattern

__√__ a solo cross-country flight over 75 miles with full stop landings at two points with one leg longer than 25 nautical miles

__√__ ground training from instructor or home course

__√__ FAA knowledge test

_____  3 hours of dual test preparation with instructor in the preceding 60 days of practical test

_____  CHECKRIDE! (FAA practical test)

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