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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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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

Tuesday, June 30
Oshkosh Tower visit
By Brady Lane at 6:00 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 32.7  |  Days since I started: 259  | Cost: $4,885.60  

Early in my training, I remember being really nervous before making even the simplest call to the tower.  Now I've made a couple hundred calls and really enjoy "tower talk." 

In fact, I even sit at home some evenings listening to my handheld radio for fun. (For those not within range, you can listen to a live stream of the Oshkosh tower for free at liveatc.net.)

An EAA friend recently encouraged me to set up a visit to the tower so I could meet some of the people I've been talking to for the last 8 months and see how they do what they do.  It was an amazing visit!  Not only was the view incredible, but it was great to meet the people behind the voices I am so familiar with. 

I was able to watch them collect weather reports, make ATIS recordings, handle ground traffic as well as direct VFR and IFR traffic flying in the Oshkosh airspace.

I learned they enjoy aviation as much as I do.  We were all ooooing as we watched two F-16 make a low pass over Runway 36.  We talked about all sorts of things—Do they want me to make a "wake-up" call when I'm inbound from the practice area and they're busy?  If I'm making right traffic for Runway 4 , do they want me to make my turn before or after the tower? 

They welcomed my visit and seemed to appreciate my questions.  I now feel I have a much better understanding of their workload and how I can help them help me as a pilot.

If you fly at a towered field, whether you're a student pilot or a pilot with hundreds of hours, I highly encourage you to schedule a visit to the tower and meet some of the controllers.  The next time I fly, it's going to be a great feeling to know that voice coming from the tower is a friend.

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