Milestones and Progress

  • November 22, 2014.  Long nav out to snowy mountains.  Highest altitude yet (9500′) and passed 20 hours PIC.
  • September 1, 2014.  Earned PPL.
  • June 21, 2014.  First flight in a Piper Warrior, conversion to PPL underway!
  • May 30, 2014.  Passed my PPL written exam!
  • January 27, 2014.  Took a passenger up for the first time.  Rebecca was the brave soul!!
  • January 23, 2014.  Visited Schofields Flying Club at Bankstown and spoke with the CFI about conversion to a PPL.  Looks doable!
  • December 7, 2013.  Knocked out the last couple solo hours and passed my passenger endorsement check flight!  I can now carry a passenger!
  • November 9, 2013.  After several missed attempts due to weather and bushfires, I passed my Cross Country endorsement today, including solo and flight test!!
  • September 22, 2013.  Third Navigation Exercise for Cross-country endorsement.  Write up on main page.
  • September 01, 2013.  Second Navigation Exercise for Cross-country endorsement.  Write up on main page.
  • July 28, 2013.  First Navigation Exercise for Cross-country endorsement.  Write up on main page.
  • July 14, 2013.  Passed Flight Test!!  I am now a certificated pilot!
  • July 7, 2013.  3rd attempt at Flight Test, write up on main page.
  • June 22, 2013.  2nd attempt at Flight Test, rained out.
  • June 1, 2013.  1st attempt at Flight Test, write up on main page.
  • May 19, 2013.  Practice Flight Test, write up on the main page.
  • April 27,2013.  More solo in the beautiful training area, I now have the minimum 5 hours PIC!  Now to start concentrating on the flight test…
  • April 13, 2013.  First Area Solo, write up on main page.  Up to 2.7 hours PIC!!
  • April 7, 2013.  Passed Air Legislation exam with 95%.  This is the last test I have to take until I decide to go PPL!!
  • March 30, 2013.  First solo, 24-5477 in Wollongong.  Logged 0.8 hours.
  • March 9, 2013.  First session in 24-5477 with Bruce in Wollongong.  Did some circuits and area flying to prepare for my solo!
  • February 12, 2013.  Passed Nav/Met exam!!
  • January 2013.  Completed briefings on Navigation, opening the door to start on my Cross-country rating.
  • December 13, 2012.  Crosswinds and circuit emergencies.  Making it back to the field consistently.  Landings still need work.
  • December 8, 2012.  Crosswinds and flapless landings.  17.9 hours, not likely to get 20 or go solo by the end of the year at this point.
  • November 2012.  Instructor has taken a hiatus and I am now with the CFI.  We have been practicing circuits, and it looks like we should be able to increase our frequency finally.
  • October 2012.  Really good lesson this time, got to practice forced landings and stalls.  That was a much-anticipated lesson, and I am happy to have it behind me.  It was actually the most-enjoyable lesson to date.
  • September 2012.  More circuit practice.
  • August 2012.  Instructor has moved on, and I am now with a different one, though the one I originally spoke with when I started.  His style is a bit more methodical and calm, and I feel like I am putting things together more now.
  • May through August 2012.  A few lessons here and there, becoming increasingly frustrated with my instructor’s lack of ability to commit to my progress.
  • April 2012.  A couple more circuit lessons, and passed the BAK and Human Factors exams.
  • March 10, 2012.  Passed Radio Operations exam.
  • October 2011 – March 2012.  A few flights, but mostly confounded by weather, budget, and instructor’s availablity.  Covered Straight and Level, Climbing and Descent, Turns, Takeoffs and Landings, and circuits.  Mostly flying the Jabiru J170, a modern 2-seat recreational high-wing.
  • October 16, 2011.  First flight, covering the Effects of Controls.  Plane was a swoopy little red Tecnam P96 Golf low-wing, looks like a little fighter plane 😉
  • September 10, 2011.  Passed my Air Legislation (pre-solo) exam with 100%.
  • September 2011.  Located a school that was reasonably close, visited to speak with the flight instructor.  He gave me some old maps and charts, lots of info, and told me what books and supplies I should have
  • August 2011.  Applied for a student pilot licence in the Recreational Aviation Australia system (RA-Aus)
  • June 2011, Bozeman, Montana USA.  Went up for a flight in a Cessna 172 with a coworker/friend Alex.  This is my first flight in a light plane, we went for 2 hours and he let me steer a little bit – I was hooked!  (will post a picture when I get a chance)
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