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8 July 2020 - 6:49pm

I'm Gonna Be a Pilot!

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So I have some exciting news to share. After years of wanting to, I'm finally putting my efforts in to become a private pilot! I'm doing ground school right now, and yesterday I found a flight instructor to take me on. We're hoping to start up here in the next few days, as I have to log dozens of hours of flight time before I'm ready for a checkride and then my license.

I've already got about 15 hours into the ground school, which consists of a bunch of videos and short tests. Next week I go to get my medical checkup to make sure I'm healthy enough to fly, and in the meantime I'm hoping to get started with flying.

I can't wait to get this going.

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8 July 2020 - 7:35pm
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wow that sounds like a real adventure. motor plane or glider
i think you are talking about a motor plane....
great news...be carefull

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8 July 2020 - 9:31pm
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I'm going to be a motor pilot. My dad is a glider pilot, and there's no way I'm going that high in the air without a working motor!

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9 July 2020 - 1:32am
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I don't know about that. At least with a glider you know you don't have an engine all the time. But if you're in a plane with an engine and it breaks then you're hitting the panic button!

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9 July 2020 - 1:51am
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i am trying not to get into a plane again at all
if it is passible and if I can somehow avoid that !
hade some bad experiences with flying in the past...

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9 July 2020 - 2:00am
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Wow, exciting news Slim! I love hearing stories of people pursuing their interests and passions...especially as adults. We should never stop learning. Good luck and keep up the hard work (sounds like there's lots of it!)

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9 July 2020 - 5:27pm
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i am trying not to get into a plane again at all
if it is passible and if I can somehow avoid that !
hade some bad experiences with flying in the past...

Oh no. Hopefully nothing too bad. I've run into some turbulence on jets, but nothing in smaller planes.

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Wow, exciting news Slim! I love hearing stories of people pursuing their interests and passions...especially as adults. We should never stop learning. Good luck and keep up the hard work (sounds like there's lots of it!)

Thanks klaw! I'm about 75% done with the school part, but then comes studying up for the test. Hopefully the physical is as easy as I hear. Surprisingly, my rheumatoid arthritis doesn't have any restrictions with flying, which is good for me.

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11 July 2020 - 12:14pm
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That's great slim👍 to be honest I thought you're a pilot already, didn't realized there's a separate licenses needed for gliders and motor planes...never been aware of anything related to that...but it makes sense...I guess.

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i am trying not to get into a plane again at all
if it is passible and if I can somehow avoid that !
hade some bad experiences with flying in the past...

I didn't even ever travel with a plain before...it had to be a first for me this year but the pandemic situation ruined it...after reading your post Krinz...I'm starting to think...I've been lucky😜

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13 July 2020 - 6:32am
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Well I don't think anyone enjoys turbulence but in my experience it is worse in a small plane. You feel every little bump and dip. What I have always wondered is if you don't feel it as much if you are the pilot, a bit like how people driving don't get carsick. Slim maybe you can answer that one for me?

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13 July 2020 - 12:54pm
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I started flying on Saturday. We were out in some decent winds, and I can tell you that I felt every bit of the turbulence. I was in a tiny Cessna 150 and I literally jostled around and bumped my headset on the ceiling of the fuselage.

We're going to a larger Cessna 172, so I'll tell you if it's a smoother ride, but so far I can say I felt the bumps. Still, it was a ton of fun!

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17 July 2020 - 6:19pm
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This morning was the first true flight lesson. Ed, I didn't feel any of the bumps this time. Granted, air was a lot smoother, but I was in control for the majority of the hour flight, and I didn't feel much of anything.

Here's some snaps post-flight. Going back tomorrow to log some more time!

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20 July 2020 - 1:44am
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That's so cool. And the extra benefit is that when Canada builds the wall you'll still be able to fly over there to escape! 😜

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Haha Ed! I actually wasn't very far. I could see the lake and Canada was just halfway across!