It has been a busy couple of months, but I am happy to say I have finished what I set out to do. A couple of weekends ago, I went down to see Bruce down at Fly Illawara at the Wollongong aerodrome (YWOL) to finish up the last little bit towards my Passenger endorsement on my Pilot certificate.
After the Cross Country solo, I only needed 2 more hours to fulfill the requirement, and what better way to do it than to rock up and hire a plane for a couple of hours and buzz up and down the coastline between Wollongong and Kiama, NSW!!
There isn’t really alot to report, not the most exciting flying I’ve experienced (but let’s face it – its all exciting… you’re sitting IN A CHAIR IN THE SKY!!!); but I flew off the 2 hours I needed, snapped a few pictures, then went up with Bruce for a quick check ride.
We talked on the ground for a while as well, covering the ins and outs of flying with a passenger, and the extra care that is required. At the end of it all, he signed my logbook and sent in the paperwork, and now it’s official!
I’m very keen to start taking passengers for joy rides or sight seeing. Right now I am limited to the CTAF aerodromes, but I should be able to convert to a PPL fairly painlessly, which will allow larger and faster aircraft, higher altitudes, and controlled airspace. But for now I am content with the single engine 2 seater and the country airstrips.
Here’s a bit of scenery:
Now – who’s first???