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pilot five years in the making.

After five long years I am finally a pilot. I started back in the summer of 2013 took 2014-15 off because sometimes life gets in the way. In 2016 I spent the summer in a couple different champs. Just when i was almost ready to solo my instructor was fired ( apparently you need to have fuel in the aircraft to take a student up, who knew ). I was passed around to 3 different instructors not making any progress. Here comes 2017 and I am so ready to get serious about getting my pilot license . Spent what little time I had training if the weather cooperated. With my work schedule changing I was working six days a week it was difficult to get to lessons. I was working close to sixty hours most weeks and more than 70 during around the holidays. Training on Sunday and holidays ( weather permitting) put a damper on my training. A personality conflict between me and my instructor did not help. I had to spend a lot of time looking at Youtube and recalling what my first instructor taught me.

Landing Moraine I73

To pass my written I used a downloadable course for my iPad. I have to say it was one of my best investments. My advice is to pick a course that suits your style of learning. I am not a very good student nor do I learn vary fast so I used a combination of books and online courses to pass, I might add I scored much better than I expected. I almost gave up a couple time but listening to some pod casts and a few Youtuber’s helped get me past the self doubt. Listening to podcasts such as stuck mike, airplane geeks, why we fly, pilot to pilot and Aviator cast helped me over the hump. There is some fantastic ways to stay engaged in aviation and your training. Youtube is also a good resource if you are having trouble grasping a subject. This is an amazing journey so far and I have much more to learn.

Private Pilot License

With work obligations life and weather getting in the way I have spent the last 4 years learning to be a private pilot. It was and still is a long road and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have completed almost every test and requirement leading up to my final check ride for my private pilot certificate. I think the foundation laid by my first instructor at a small flight school on Clinton county Airport (I66) has served me well on my journey. I have had no less than seven different instructors but the basics and the foundation laid by my first instructor has gotten me to where I am now, you might be thinking where is that and I will tell you I am around 4 hours and 10 landings away from being ready for my check ride from an FAA examiner. There are a slew of required tests knowledge and maneuvers including but not limited to weather, aircraft, systems, performance, airports and regulations that must be learned or demonstrated for your final check ride. I have enjoyed and learned from almost every lesson and solo flight I have had on my journey to becoming a private pilot. The requirements have and are changing slightly so as to make newer pilots safer after they achieve the coveted PPL. In my journey I have had instruction in a Cessna 150 and 172 along with Champion model 7.