…what aviation training looks like when you have a job…
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)