July 28, 2014
If you can’t be Oshkosh, this is the next best thing I suppose…

Got my coffee, got LiveATC going along with the Osh webcams, this outta be a productive week.

If you can’t be Oshkosh, this is the next best thing I suppose…

Got my coffee, got LiveATC going along with the Osh webcams, this outta be a productive week.

July 12, 2014
You might be an Avgeek if: you get a standard weather briefing even when flying commercial.

Headed to Falmouth, MA, see y’all in a week!

You might be an Avgeek if: you get a standard weather briefing even when flying commercial.

Headed to Falmouth, MA, see y’all in a week!

July 2, 2014
It’s not you, it’s me.

Got an e-mail from my instructor informing me that he has accepted a job to start training on CRJ900s effective immediately.

I was joking that finding and keeping an instructor is sort of like a regular romantic relationship. You meet each other for the first time, it’s sort of awkward. You try to figure each other out, what makes the other laugh, etc.

And then, the other day when I hadn’t heard from my instructor in a few days I turned into “overbearing significant other” imagining the worst! Who is he with? Why haven’t I heard from him? Is he with someone else?

Anyone else dealt with this before? Hoping to not make this a setback, and instead a new, wonderful opportunity to get experience with more CFIs.

June 18, 2014
I am the night

Actually no. Night flying sorta kicked my butt today. Did a quick hop with my instructor from KGTU to KILE in Killeen, TX.

Had no problem finding the place at night, got the lights turned on, entered the pattern and my Lord was it gusty! Getting a good square pattern was quite a chore! Did 1 full stop and 2 stop and go’s there before we headed to Taylor. Thanks to a stiff headwind we were managing 74kts over the ground. Decided to skip Taylor and go back to Georgetown and do the rest of the landings there. My instructor seemed happy enough that I could find Taylor at night without GPS so back to KGTU we went.

Tower was shutting down just as we tuned to the freq. and my instructor had some funny banter with the controller that I wish I had captured on my GoPro. In short, both of them were giving each other grief for working too much :)

All in all, not a bad flight, but I was pretty tired when we pulled onto the taxiway back to the flight school. I think going climbing after work while I killed time before the flight was too much. Part of that had me feeling just a little behind the plane at times on this flight. That and I probably should’ve boned up on night flying beforehand.

Ho well, next up is a night flight to San Antonio and back which I’m looking forward to! First trip into a busy Class C airport! I’ll make a point to be more rested and prepared for that one.

How was your first foray into night flying?

June 5, 2014

Part 2 of my first solo cross country flight to Llano, TX (KAQO)