Ground to 15,000 Feet - my journey starts here

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by ILM_Patrick, May 8, 2018.

  1. ILM_Patrick

    ILM_Patrick Filing Flight Plan

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    (Disclaimer - I'm a NEWB, any advice is welcome)

    My Journey starts here, with all of you. I am currently grounded, but soon, I will spread my wings, and soar into the world of aviation. I COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED!!!

    I am located in southeastern North Carolina, and in the fall [or sooner], I plan to start training to fly. About 12 years ago, I was a lineman for at Air Wilmington FBO in Wilmington, NC. Located right between the Cape Fear river, and the Atlantic coast. Working at the FBO was my favorite job growing up, hands down! I sell insurance now, and not nearly exciting.:)

    So far, I've spoken very briefly with a flight school at Cape Fear Airport in Brunswick County, and also a few CFIs located right here in Wilmington. There are a few give and takes with which direction I will ultimately go in. The flight school has a few planes and instructors on site; and with my second option, I can rent a Cessna, and have 1 of the 3 CFIs that Air Wilmington referred me to train me. If I can find an airworthy/ affordable Cessna 150, I would train locally, but until the day....

    My biggest goal in becoming a pilot is to enjoy a hobby with my 2 sons. They are both under 7 years old now, but it's great timing to get them ready before they hit flying age. Also, I want to use my pilots license to start a career later in life. I have many ideas, a subject I can go one for hours about.

    Please feel free to share you experience, suggestions for me, equipment, anything! I'm a sponge right now, and I'm taking all the knowledge in I can get!

    BTW - If you live in Southeastern North Carolina, and every need a flying buddy; I will gladly help cover expenses for a day/weekend flight for a little adventure! I want all the time I can get in the air, even it's in the back seat!

    Thank YOU!

    Patrick Barnes
    Wilmington, NC
    Grounded ;)

    (I will vlog/blog my journey from ground level to 15,000 feet, and post everything here and my youtube channel. Links to YouTube, IG, REDDIT coming soon)
     
  2. Ronbonjovi

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    Welcome and good luck with the journey. Flying into Cape Fear looks like a pretty cool approach. Keep up the studying, it helps tremendously to be prepared with self-study. I'm a student pilot preparing for my checkride. Once I get my license I'll definitely come check out Cape Fear. I have some family friends in Wilmington.
     
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  3. ILM_Patrick

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    Thanks for the advice! If you are ever around and want a tour of the coast, let me know!