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Solo cross-country flights complete, end of course checkride approaching

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Returning to Boeing Field after my solo cross-country flight to Port Angeles, Wash. That’s the Seattle skyline in the foreground, Bellevue in the middle-right, and the Cascade Mountains in the distance

This is a continuation of my multi-part series on learning to fly. You can read the whole Fly With Francis series here.

So, it’s been a while since I’ve written an update, but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been making progress.

Since the last installment, I’ve done my three cross-country solo flights – they’re a requirement for the PPL, and consist of several solo flights away from one’s home airport. Cross-country meaning, you know, crossing the countryside and not a transcontinental flight in a small plane, which would take a couple days at best.

Requirements for the cross-country flights are that the each one has to include one leg of at least 50 nautical miles and a full-stop landing. For the long cross-county, the flight has to be a minimum of 150nm and include one leg of at least 50nm and full-stop landings at three airports, including returning to the point of origin.

For my flights, the first one was from Boeing Field (BFI) up to Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. It was a spectacular day – completely free of turbulence, hardly any other air traffic, and clear as the proverbial bell.

The second one was the following week, from BFI to Chehalis, Washington, a bit south of Olympia. It was far more normal, with usual amounts of air traffic and slightly bumpy/windy conditions.

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My flight planner for the second half of the long cross-country flight

The long cross-country went like this: BFI-BLI-PAE-BFI. I started at Boeing Field, flew up to Bellingham International, then stopped at Paine Field on the way back to Boeing Field. It also went really well, thanks to how diligently my CFI (aka instructor) had prepared my navigation skills.

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This was taken just a bit northeast of Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on my third cross-country to Bellingham International Airport

While flying, especially at this stage of my training, I’m pretty busy flying and navigating and communicating, so photos are still few and far between, taken only when I’m absolutely certain I can spare a couple seconds to pick up the camera off the passenger seat and grab a couple quick photos.

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Northbound from BFI, headed for BLI

So, what’s next now that those milestones have been completed? The next steps are to prepare for Galvin’s stage three checkride, which is essentially a mock FAA checkride. If I pass both the oral and flight portions of that one, I’ll ostensibly be prepared for the big FAA checkride, which, if passed, will finally earn me a private pilot certificate.

Preparation for those items is well underway, and includes dusting off all my textbooks and notes, and doing a bunch of flights with my CFI to practice all the necessary maneuvers until I’m able to consistently fly them to standard.

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The instrument panel in flight

Speaking of standard, the weather in the Pacific Northwest has been performing to standard, too. It’s been trending cool and cloudy with low ceilings, so I’ve had to cancel several flights due to marginal weather conditions. Now that August is here, things should settle in for summer so I can keep the training chugging along as I approach my end-of-course checkride and, hopefully soon, my FAA checkride.

For instance, a few days ago I had to cancel my local solo fight today due to low ceilings. Of course, about 30 minutes after my scheduled start time, it all cleared out. So it goes with flying.

EDITOR-AT-LARGE – SEATTLE, WA Francis Zera is a Seattle-based architectural, aerial, aviation, and commercial photographer, a freelance photojournalist, and a confirmed AvGeek.

http://www.zeraphoto.com

Private Pilot License – First Solo at EBKT

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Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #29: Solo (long) Cross Country – Part 3 of 4

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015 @ 08:30 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty ninth training lesson flight (3.7 Hobbs Hour Today, 41.6 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.

My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Miami Executive (formerly Kendall-Tamiami Executive) Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

A long solo cross-country flight of 257nm from Tamiami (KTMB) overflying Belle Glade (X14) and Pahokee (PHK) and landing at Okeechobee (KOBE) where I had breakfast. Then on to overflying La Belle (X10) before landing at Immakolee (KIMM) and on to overfly Everglades City (X01) and the Shark Valley Tower before returning to Tamiami (KTMB).

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.

The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:43 – Talk: Audio cable falling, digital voice recorder
00:46 – POI: Buckhead Ridge, FL
04:33 – POI: Dirt bike race track
08:34 – POI: Cane Field Rd & Harney Canal
09:55 – POI: Lakeport, FL
12:56 – POI: Old Lakeport Road NW & Canal
14:36 – POI: Herbert Hoover Dyke
16:09 – POI: Unknown quarry near US-27
20:59 – POI: State Road 78 & 29
23:05 – POI: La Belle & Port La Belle
23:52 – POI: La Belle Airport (X14)
26:19 – POI: Peace River Citrus Grove
30:42 – IC Comm: 8 miles out, Runway 36
32:38 – IC Comm: 5 miles out, Runway 36
33:55 – IC Comm: 3 miles out, Runway 36
34:42 – IC Comm: 1 mile out, Runway 36
35:41 – IC Comm: Turning base, Runway 36
36:11 – IC Comm: Turning final, Runway 36
36:37 – Landing runway 36 at Immakolee (KIMM)
37:56 – IC Comm: Clear of runway 36
38:13 – Taxiing back to runway 36
40:01 – IC Comm: Departing runway 36
40:15 – Departing runway 26 at Immakolee (KIMM)
42:56 – IC Comm: Departing to the South
47:35 – POI: Small plane cross below
51:12 – POI: Florida Panther National Wildlife refuge
52:11 – POI: I-75
54:08 – POI: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
58:54 – POI: Copeland, FL
1:00:13 – POI: Carnestown, FL

Pilot Medical Certificates and Applying For Your Student Pilot License

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This is a video introducing you to both how to get your student pilot license as well as how to get a medical certificate for flying in the United States. Insight is given on what the medical certificate process is and thoughts on the requirements.

Guide on what is required for the various classes of medical licenses:

IACRA website to sign up for a student pilot license:

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Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #25 – Part 2: First Solo Cross-Country KTMB-KAPF-KTMB

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Monday, December 1st, 2014 @ 10:00 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty fifth training lesson flight (2.1 Hobbs Hour Today, 33.1 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

This is Part 2 of 2 for my first cross-country flight, but not my 150+nm one, to Naples, FL. Here's the link to Part 1:

Today's flight:

– First Solo Cross-Country to Naples, FL (KAPF)
– Flight Following

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

Part 2:

00:34 – NG Comm – Taxi to runway 5 via A
01:07 – Taxiing to runway 5
03:38 – NT Comm – Cleared for take-off
03:58 – Take-off from runway 5
07:20 – POI: I-75
09:03 – POI: Wing South private airstrip
09:51 – NT Comm – Squawk 1200
22:40 – POI: Lee Cypress (aka Copaland)
25:55 – KTMB Approach ATIS Information Sierra
34:11 – POI: Oasis Ranger Station airstrip
38:30 – POI: Miami-Dade Collier airstrip (TNT)
46:37 – POI: Shark Valley loop road
52:35 – TT Comm – Inbound full stop
52:55 – TT Comm – Make straight-in, runway 9L
54:08 – TT Comm – Cleared to land
56:23 – POI: Radar facility (The Ball)
57:52 – Landing Tamiami runway 9L
1:00:38 – TT Comm – Contact Ground .7
1:00:51 – TG Comm – Taxi to Spot 2 via A
1:01:08 – Taxiing to Spot 2

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #29: Solo (long) Cross Country – Part 1 of 4

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015 @ 08:30 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty ninth training lesson flight (3.7 Hobbs Hour Today, 41.6 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.

My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Miami Executive (formerly Kendall-Tamiami Executive) Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

A long solo cross-country flight of 257nm from Tamiami (KTMB) overflying Belle Glade (X14) and Pahokee (PHK) and landing at Okeechobee (KOBE) where I had breakfast. Then on to overflying La Belle (X10) before landing at Immakolee (KIMM) and on to overfly Everglades City (X01) and the Shark Valley Tower before returning to Tamiami (KTMB).

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.

The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:

Time Marks:
————————————-

* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:30 – Pre-flight Checks
05:43 – KTMB Departure ATIS Information Zulu
07:26 – Creating Garmin GPS flight plan
12:00 – Taxiing to Spot 2
14:15 – TC Comm – Northwest departure VFR
15:16 – Taxiing to runway 27R
16:37 – Engine run-up checklist
21:42 – TG Comm – Monitor Tower
22:19 – TT Comm – Runway 27R, Cleared for take-off
26:03 – TT Comm – Frequency change approved
27:34 – MR Comm – Attempting to open flight plan
28:56 – MR Comm – Flight plan activated
37:15 – Talk: Enter MIA's 4000' airspace (pie slice NW)
39:54 – Talk: Morning planning
42:00 – Talk: Enroute flight altitudes
42:38 – Talk: Living in the Everglades
43:19 – POI: I-75 checkpoint
44:34 – Talk: Questions & request about video recording flight
46:08 – Talk: Serving with Civil Air Patrol
48:21 – Talk: 406 MHz ELT
50:43 – Talk: Farm field fires
51:57 – Talk: Flock of bird. Cessna bird strike through windshield
53:35 – POI: North New River Canal checkpoint
56:59 – Talk: Fire and Hero3+ cameras

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #22: Solo Flight: Turn around point, S-Turns, Steep Turns

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 @ 08:00 EDT

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty second training lesson flight (1.3 Hobbs Hour Today, 26.5 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

Today's lesson (solo flight) involved:

– Practicing turns around a point
– Practicing S-turns
– Practicing steep turns

*** THIS IS THE RAW FOOTAGE. I have only edited out the pre-flight check. ***
I've left the video untouch so that it can be played in sync with the GPS Track replay that can be found at Gps4Sport.com.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track synchronized to this video, go to:

Time Marks:
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* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

00:44 – Departure ATIS Information Charlie
01:33 – Departure ATIS Information Delta
03:03 – Taxiing to Spot 2
04:49 – TG Comm – Clearance is on 133.0
06:01 – TG Comm – Contact Clearance on 133.0
07:16 – TG Comm – Contact Ground
07:58 – TG Comm – 9L via A
08:22 – Taxiing to runway 9L
12:33 0 Engine run-up checklist
18:38 – TG Comm – Monitor Tower
21:53 – TT Comm – Cleared for take-off, no delay
24:04 – TT Comm – Left downwind departure
27:24 – TT Comm – Frequency change approved
34:24 – Maneuver: Left turn around a pint
39:36 – Maneuver: S-Turns
50:55 – Maneuver: Right steep turns
53:19 – Returning to airport
55:34 – KTMB ATIS Information for approach
58:50 – TT Comm – Inbound for touch & go
59:36 – TT Comm – Fly straingt-in, runway 9L
59:48 – TT Comm – I have 7 in the pattern
1:02:15 – TT Comm – Cleared to land
1:03:13 – Normal stabilized landing
1:06:38 – TT Comm – Contact Ground
1:07:47 – TT Comm – A2 to Spot 2 request
1:07:57 – TT Comm – Taxi to Spot 2 via A
1:08:10 – Taxiing to Spot 2

First Solo Flight – Cessna C150 – Private Pilot License

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Private Pilot Helicopter: What are the requirements?

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Helicopter Online Ground School:

Helicopter private pilot? What is required and what do I need to get started, what do I need to do to get started? I'm Kenny Keller, creator of Helicopter Online Ground School. This is one of our most frequently asked questions people ask all the time. Well, what do I have to do to get the rating, how do I go about it? What I tell them is, the first thing you want to do is schedule an introductory flight. Most people don't realize that all you have to do is call up your local flight school and get an introductory flight schedule. You don't have to go through any specific training, you don't have to do a bunch of study. Schedule an introductory flight and go out and give it a try. Call them up, tell them you've never been up, you're interested in learning to fly helicopters, and that you want to go up for an introductory flight. That's how you get started.
Once you get that introductory flight in, if you decide, "Hey, this is something I really want to do. I want to keep going. I want to chase after this dream." Research the flight schools in your area. Depending on where you live you might have several choices or you might have to travel quite a distance to get to a helicopter flight school where you can take lessons. I'd get the introductory flight in first, go check it out see what you think of it. Make sure it's something that you think is going to be as cool as what you think it is because it is. Once you get there and you do it you'll love it, but that will be the next step.
Then, if you decide that you're going to continue on, I wouldn't spend a bunch of money right after that, I would get the Rotorcraft Flying Handbook to start with. It's a $15 or $20 book, you can order online at many different places. You just search Rotorcraft Flying Handbook. You can also download a free PDF copy from faa.gov. They will give you a free copy so you could start kind of learning there. You could also use our Helicopter Online Ground School. I started this March 1, 2012. We have had huge member success. We have people all over the world using our training and it's been pretty awesome. We have people that have used our training prior to going to the flight training, so that you use the ground training to get the knowledge before you go start flying. That's another option for you is you can use our ground school to help learn the information. Then, once you get a few lessons going you want to get a medical certificate fairly early on, which is basically a flight physical. You have to go do an FAA designated flight examiner to have this physical. The only reason I say do it fairly early is if you find out you have a problem with vision or some other problem then you have some time to correct that prior to soloing and trying to get the license. Also, in the event you did have some kind of medical problem, it's better to find out before you spend a bunch of money and then be frustrated and upset later because a medical condition is holding you back. It's a good idea to get that medical certificate done pretty early in the training. Next, the FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight training. This is the minimum. Most people take more like 60-70 hours. Keep in mind that if you get done in 40 great, but in 15 years of doing this I haven't seen very many people get done in 40. I've seen 41, 42 a couple of times but it doesn't happen very often. Don't feel bad because, again, the average person takes 60-70. Just because of time, commitment, school, family, other activities you have going on, it's hard for a person to always get done in 40 hours.
Next, you have to have a minimum of hours. A minimum of that 40 you have to have 20 hours of dual instruction and then you also have to have 10 hours of solo time. Now, if you're an airplane pilot doing an add on you have to have the 20 hours of dual, the 10 hours of solo. If you're coming off the street, you have to have the minimum of the 20 dual, 10 of solo, and that other 10 or more is going to be with your instructor prepping for the check ride. You can always solo more than 10 hours if you like. If time and money permits you could always go more than 10, but that's the minimum. To get to the private, minimum 20 dual, 10 solo, and the other 10 can be determined as you're going along.
Then, next you're going to have to have a pre-solo written test issued by your instructor. You start flying, he's going to get you proficient to take the aircraft out alone and fly those 10 hours. Before he can do that he has to go through the FARA Manual, which is our regulations. He has to go through and cover a certain amount of things with you, ground and flying-wise, before he can let you go. Once you've completed those items in the FAR/AIM Manual and feels that you're competent and he feels good about your abilities, he can let you go solo.

Private Pilot Flight Training, Lesson #25 – Part 1: First Solo Cross-Country KTMB-KAPF-KTMB

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Monday, December 1st, 2014 @ 10:00 EST

Working towards obtaining my private pilot license.
This is my twenty fifth training lesson flight (2.1 Hobbs Hour Today, 33.1 Total Hours) with 424 Aviation Inc, in Miami, FL.
My certified flight instructor (CFI) is Joe Ferrera. The airplane used was a Cessna 172R, with tail number N994WW, out of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB).

Today's flight:

– First Solo Cross-Country to Naples, FL (KAPF)
– Flight Following

The GPS Track is still available, at Gps4Sport.com, for replay but will not be synchronized to the video.
The link is provide further below.

To view a 3D Replay of the GPS Ground Track, go to:

Time Marks:
————————————-

* Note: I've removed all the pre-flight checklists since that's always the same.

(Click on any of the times below to jump to that particular section of the video)

Part 1:

00:37 – KTMB Departure ATIS Information Quebec
01:14 – Taxiing to Spot 2
02:59 – TC Comm – VFR to Naples with flight following
03:31 – TC Comm – Squawk 4646, Frequency 125.5
04:25 – TG Comm – Ready to taxi
08:45 – Engine run-up
13:01 – TG Comm – Run-up complete
13:32 – TT Comm – Cleared for take-off
13:50 – Take-off from runway 9L
15:19 – TT Comm – Contact Miami Departure
15:47 – MD Comm – Maintain VFR at or below 2000'
20:16 – MD Comm – Contact Miami Approach 119.45
21:14 – MA Comm – Level at 1800'
25:30 – MA Comm – Request climb to 4500'
29:23 – MA Comm – Contact Miami Center on 132.4
30:14 – MC Comm – Level at 4100'
30:38 – MC Comm – Maintain VFR
33:17 – POI: Oasis Ranger Station airstrip
34:59 – POI: Monroe Station
39:12 – MC Comm – Contact Fort Myers Approach on 119.75
39:46 – POI: Turner River Road
40:07 – FMA Comm – Level at 4400'
41:05 – POI: Birdon Road
41:18 – FMA Comm – Altimeter 3028
41:32 – POI: Wagon Wheel Road
41:51 – POI: Everglades City
42:12 – POI: Copeland
42:40 – FMA Comm – Information Gulf current at Naples
42:52 – KAPF Approach ATIS Information Gulf
45:10 – FMA Comm – Requesting 2000'
45:23 – POI: Port of the Islands
49:24 – FMA Comm – Contact Naples Tower on 128.5
49:45 – NT Comm – Right base for runway 5
52:49 – NT Comm – Cleared to land
55:10 – Landing Naples (KAPF) Runway 5
56:18 – NT Comm – Right at A3, Contact Ground .6
57:17 – NG Comm – Departure to southeast to Tamiami

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