Getting Close

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 16:35

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. Most people would be done with their lessons and would have their license by now, but not me. I am too poor to do it that fast. I absolutely love to fly. Landing, well that’s a different story. I like the challenge, but depending on certain conditions I still get pretty uneasy with it. The good news is I have a great, and incredibly patient, flight instructor. I think the most terrifying yet exciting moment so far is my 1st solo flight. For those of you who don’t know what that is, I will explain it now. A student’s solo flight is when he/she has shown their instructor that they can safely handle the airplane by themselves. So since nobody but the instructor knows exactly when that is, it’s usually a surprise to the student, as it was for me. I knew it was coming, but I just wasn’t sure which day it would be. We had been doing some practice take-offs and landings (staying in the traffic pattern doing touch-and go’s). After touching down my instructor asked if I had my medical/student pilot certificate with me. I did, and told him that I did. He then told me to taxi off of the runway. When I did, he got out and said go ahead and do 4 more!! If I were to go through everything that went through my mind at that moment I would probably max out my storage quota for this website! Simply put, like before, I was very excited, and very terrified at the same time. If fact, I considered declining and asking him to get back in, but then I thought that if he was comfortable letting me take the plane by myself, then I should be as well. I said a quick prayer and away I went. The sense of freedom was absolutely incredible. It couldn't have been a better day for it either. The wind was calm and the sun was getting close to setting so it was reflecting off of the highway (I-80) making it look like a ribbon of gold. In the western sky there were some cirrus clouds that were also taking on the gold coloring from the sun. It is really hard to put all of this into words, but I am doing my best at it. Guess you'd have to be there.

Since my solo flight, and getting the required solo hours completed, I have started on learning about navigation, weather, all sorts of charts, taking practice written tests and going on “cross-country” flights. Yesterday I took my 2nd cross-country to Waterloo and Fort Dodge. The weather was trying really hard to shut me down, but wasn’t successful. It’s still a little overwhelming with the amount of tasks that must be completed while piloting the airplane safely. Just like being a paramedic, I will just have to find my groove and it will all come together.

I have decided to use this part of my website to share some of the resources I have found online, or elsewhere about flight training, general aviation, and maybe even some flight sim stuff. See the link to the left says Aviation Stuff? That’s where it will be.