I am a dual-citizen Aussie/American living near Sydney but hoping to one day live the dream in Tasmania, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, or maybe Sapphire Coast. I decided last year at the age of 42 to learn to fly for 2 reasons: I have been interested in aviation since after High School, when I served in the USAF for 4 years, but never had a chance to pursue it. Secondly, I have always tried to pattern my life after the ideal of the Renaissance Man, learning as much as I can on a wide variety of subjects and experiencing as much as I can.
I am married to a wonderful woman who also likes to experience everything life has to offer, and has a great blog on some of our favourite cookbooks here. I don’t know why she puts up with me, but I’m glad she does 🙂
I borrowed this idea from Evan’s (1000feetagl.blogspot.com) blog, thought it was a cool idea to have a quick reference online to what’s been done and what’s left to come (without having to read through months worth of posts). Also in no particular order:
Log 20 hoursCompleted this today 10 Jan 2013! 20 hours is the minimum to achieve certification, where i’d be if I’d stayed on track with instructors. Log 5 solo hours.Completed 27 April 2013! 1st soloCompleted this on 30 March 2013! area soloFirst Area Solo on 13 April 2013! RAA certificateCompleted in July 2013! Passenger endorsementCompleted December 2013! Nav/XC endorsementSolo requirement and XC test completed 09 November 2013! fly with my wifeAND first passenger, completed January 27, 2014!
- fly with my dad
- fly with my mum (not sure she’d go for it though hah)
fly with my sis (even less sure about this one hah).completed 7 June, 2014!!
- tailwheel endorsement
- instructor rating (?)
- own plane
Convert RAAus certificate to PPL. Completed Sept 1, 2014.
- CAGIT Trophy (RAAus “Come And Get It” Trophy)
- $100 Hamburger
- Fly coastal scenic route
- Fly 12 Apostles
- Fly across or around Australia
- Gliding lesson
- Aerobatic lesson
- Weekend getaway with my wife, fly there and back and either camp or an aviation-friendly hotel