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Flying Lesson
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:47:25 PM »
I've wanted to learn to fly for longer than I can remember and I always said 'someday', well I took my first flying lesson today and had a blast. Today was more of a more of a motivator than anything else because I still don't have all the money saved up that I want before I get serious about flying lessons. I don't want to make the mistake of getting started and running low on funds half way through but it was nice to be able to apply a little of the knowledge I've learned while studying ground school.


After relaxing my death grip on the yoke I started to get a feel for straight and level flight then I made some beautiful uncoordinated turns 8) . Reading how it's done from a book is one thing but obviously applying the skill in real life is something else. I am glad I had studied beforehand though, that way I at least had an idea what I was doing wrong even if I didn't really know what the hell I was doing LOL.


Hopefully I can work some overtime and save up over this winter to hopefully be ready by spring. In the meantime............... study, study, study.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" - Benjamin Franklin

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2013, 09:52:22 AM »
Congrats on starting!!! My buddy went threw the same thing and he was having trouble saving for the classes, seemed like every time he had the money saved something came up (the story of life). He talked with the flight school and started making payments/gift certificates. By the end of the year he had the classes paid for.

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 06:09:42 PM »
Everything always boils down to money doesn't it. I may have to research making pre-payments, thanks for the idea.
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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2013, 06:29:07 PM »
Just keep at it Chris, starting is half the battle. I've been flying since I was a teenager... Wouldn't trade it for anything...

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 09:02:05 PM »
I used to be a private pilot.  Unfortunately, I can no longer fly for medical reasons, but I am really glad I had the flying experience that I did have.  There are few things that can give you the sense of accomplishment that flying well can give you.  Enjoy the lessons.

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 10:26:58 PM »
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I can no longer fly for medical reasons

There are always ultralights...

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 10:47:11 PM »
If God had meant Man to fly, he would have given him more.........money.

But seriously, that's wonderful.  Being into my 3rd glass of wine, my eyes got wet reading about your first flight and remembering mine 30 years ago in a 1946 Champ.

If you are a big reader, there's a book I can't recommend enough.  It was written in 1944 and it explains how an airplane really flies better than any modern over-technologied book.  It's Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewieshe.  There's a reason why it's still in print almost 70 years after it was written.

If you are into the romance of flight, any of the early Richard Bach books will do the job.  He went a little nuts after he got old and rich, but his early stuff is why I spent most of my 1,100 hrs VFR in cloth covered tail wheel planes.
A Gift of Wings, Biplane, Stranger to the Ground are my favorites.
 
 
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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2013, 08:44:40 AM »
If God had meant Man to fly, he would have given him more.........money.

But seriously, that's wonderful.  Being into my 3rd glass of wine, my eyes got wet reading about your first flight and remembering mine 30 years ago in a 1946 Champ.

If you are a big reader, there's a book I can't recommend enough.  It was written in 1944 and it explains how an airplane really flies better than any modern over-technologied book.  It's Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewieshe.  There's a reason why it's still in print almost 70 years after it was written.

If you are into the romance of flight, any of the early Richard Bach books will do the job.  He went a little nuts after he got old and rich, but his early stuff is why I spent most of my 1,100 hrs VFR in cloth covered tail wheel planes.
A Gift of Wings, Biplane, Stranger to the Ground are my favorites.
 
 

Awesome, thanks for the links, I'll check them out.
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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2013, 05:55:07 PM »
Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewieshe
Oh, yes.

As long as we're freshening up a reading-list to carry through your winter's savings period, I'll see if I can dig up a copy of Stephen Coonts' Cannibal Queen & ship you.  It must be around here somewhere. Occasionally ya gotta lay down the studying & just read some aviation porn to remember the 'why'.
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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2013, 09:42:55 PM »
The good old days...

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 10:49:27 PM »
Cool pic Gil. I flew in an ultralight once and absolutely loved it. The open cockpit and lack of engine cowl and prop out front combined with being low and slow made it a totally different type of experience than flying in a light airplane.
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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 11:17:37 PM »
Indeed Chris! I was 21 back then.. I have also gotten a couple rides in a gyrocopter, and that was awesome! I started building one, but the project is now on the backburner for lack of funds and the fact that I'd like to build a small sailboat (13ft) first.. Maybe I'll finish it in a few years..

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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2013, 11:46:53 PM »
I've seen a couple of pictures of a new gyro at the local airport but I haven't spotted it there yet. I'd love to go for a ride in one.

I assume this is the boat you posted a link to some time back? I didn't realize it's only 13', that's tiny! My canoe is 17' long! ;D
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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2013, 12:00:55 AM »

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2013, 05:26:19 AM »
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I can no longer fly for medical reasons

There are always ultralights...

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I haven't tried ultralights, but I have flown gliders, for which you can self-certify.  That is really fun!  Unfortunately, I live in an area with pretty busy airspace, so neither is really accessible.

I've done my share though, no complaints.  Flying is fun and if you have any interest I recommend giving it a try.

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Re: Flying Lesson
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2013, 05:26:19 AM »