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.
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.
We took the short final clips from some of our videos and made a short video called short final. I did not realize how many clips we had of a short final. The last and final clip was from a night flight to Indiana. The airports include Moraine, Muncie, Clinton County, Lunken, Wright Brothers, Dayton and Butler County. I hope you all enjoy as much as I did.
One of my favorite activities is going to a fly in. every year you can find a few fly-ins at local airports around the state and country. This one is a fundraiser for the EAA chapter on the field, you just never know who or what will show up. We have decided to use personal YouTube channels to allow others to add content. If you have a channel and would like to contribute shoot an email to
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.
An app for pilots but a little cheaper than Foreflight. I have used this app on my Ipad and have had good results so far currently, I am currently using the free version and will probably update to the paid version later.
Born Jan. 24, 1922 in Nashville, Hoover learned to fly at Berry Field while working at a grocery store to pay for lessons. At 18, he enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard and was sent for pilot training with the Army.
During World War II, his first major assignment was test flying aircraft in Casablanca to ensure they were ready for service. He then was assigned to the 52nd Fighter Group in Sicily, flying Spitfires.
GREAT PLAINS ENTERPRISE, LLC and FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR DAVID HOOVER RECOGNIZED FOR FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
David Hoover, President, 937-382-2889, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilmington, Ohio – For the second consecutive year, Great Plains Enterprises, LLC, Clinton County Airport, Wilmington Ohio and Flight Instructor David Hoover has been recognized for their high standard of accomplishment in flight training by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association. The flight school and Mr. Hoover has been awarded a spot on the Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll, a title given to high scoring flight schools and flight instructors from AOPA’s annual flight training poll.
AOPA’s Flight Training Excellence Awards were created to highlight the best flight training the industry has to offer. “All of us here at AOPA are proud and excited to recognize this year’s winners,” said Chris Moser, AOPA’s manager of flight training initiatives. “The Flight Training Excellence Awards were created to recognize best practices in flight training—excellent customer service, quality education, community development, and sharing knowledge. The feedback from this year’s poll makes it clear that the winners are providing high quality and effective training for their students.”
The 2015 awards were drawn from flight students and pilots who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience last summer through an AOPA online poll. The process yielded an evaluation of 788 different flight schools and 1,533 individual flight instructors.
Information about flight training Great Plains Enterprises, LLC is available at http://www.gpeflightschool.org.