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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

Thursday, July 23
Checkride: Passed!
By Brady Lane at 4:00 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 34.7  |  Days since I started: 282  | Cost: $5,157.60  

It's hard to describe the incredible feeling of being a certificated pilot!  There are few things that compare to such a privilege.

It hasn't been an easy road, in fact my training has been a roller coaster of emotions: fun, challenging, exciting, exhausting—but in the end, extremely rewarding.  It's been a journey that has stretched me and grown me more than I ever imagined when I started.

I've heard numerous people say that a pilot certificate is a license to learn.  I can't wait to take my first passenger, fly to my first pancake breakfast, land on my first grass strip, and go on my first fly-in camping trip—all the while sharpening my skills and knowledge as a pilot.

Thanks for all your notes of encouragement throughout my training so far.  It isn't over.  Jason still wants to take me up and do some spin training and who knows, maybe I will start working on my tailwheel endorsement or a floatplane rating soon!

Nonetheless, stay tuned.  I can't wait to start enjoying the benefits of having a pilot's certificate and I hope to share some of those experiences with you via this blog.

If you're coming to Oshkosh this week for AirVenture, I invite you to attend one of the forums Jason and I are doing at the Learn to Fly Discovery Center. (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m.)  I'd love to meet you and shake your hand for helping me earn my wings.

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