So, student pilots.. Who are we and where do we stand?

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by JasonM, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. bdr

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    Had my first flight today! I had trouble (naturally) keeping up with all of the information (horizon, speed, altitude, etc) at the rate my CFI was going, but know that's something I'll get used to in time. Going to start watching more pre-solo videos on YouTube before our next lesson.
     
  2. allPrimes

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    Did my first ILS approach under the hood on Thursday and it. Was. Glorious.

    Don't get me wrong. Instructor called me a "needle chaser" when I should have just followed the huge purple line on the Garmin but when we hit 4,700' and the hood came off, it was just spectacular to see the runway right effin' there.

    CFI would sign me off to solo if I had a medical but I don't (yet) so we've just been doing simulated instrument work and PPL maneuvers whenever we're up. I love the instrument stuff, especially recovering from unusual attitudes.
     
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  3. Brayton Thompson

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    at 9.3 hours working on a sport pilot cert. Today I worked on emergency procedures, short/soft takeoff/landings and did an instrument out approach/landing. Instructor gave me the Pre Solo Test to take home and work on. Said I should expect to solo in the next 2-4 hours.
     
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  4. JVerb

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    I'm in IFR training, now, but have only recently completed my PPL. Since I'm under 5 posts here, I figure this gives me a chance to +1 that, and introduce myself. I'm 42, and wanted to fly since I was 13. Finally with the slowdown at work this summer, I had the time and money to do it!

    My training story is probably like a lot of others. My first CFI left around 9 hours for another job, so I "tried" out a couple others. The first wasn't a good personality fit, the second worked out. My goal was to solo as close to 10 hours as possible, and I let my CFIs know this from the beginning. I knew it wasn't likely, but is a goal. I only set that for myself, as I had read somewhere that the biggest determining factor for how many hours it'll take total would be the time between 10 hours and when you finally solo.

    Well, I solo'd in about 12, so mission accomplished for that! I was flying 1-3 times per week, trying to condense the time overall. Everything continued pretty smoothly, and after 36 hours, I felt ready. Got to spend the last hours just fine tuning for the checkride. At 40.1 hours, my checkride was scheduled and I was ready to go.

    Then came the serious of unfortunate events...Checkride day came, and it was a 17knot crosswind, gusting to 26. A *smidge* more than I was comfortable in my Warrior II! Passed the oral, and we deferred the practical for one week (Friday).

    On Monday, my CFI were going to go up in the Warrior II, b/c my last flight was in an Archer II (For my 40.1 hours, I had time in a Cheetah, 2 different Warriors (-160 and - 161), and an Archer). Preflight and there's oil all over the engine bay. Valve cover gasket missing 2 bolts, and weeping all over. Think we'll pass flying today...

    Tuesday, the plane was scheduled for 100-hr. No biggie. I felt comfortable for the test. Get a call Wednesday afternoon, though, that the plane is down for extensive maintenance, and I'd need to either delay again, or fly another plane. Evidently, the warrior came out of the 100-hr, and the fuel pump went out. It was landed safely in a field, but still... That would have sucked.

    Thursday and I decide I'll take out the -150 I had flown my cross countries in (but never practiced maneuvers). But... it was down for its 100 hr.

    So Friday morning, I took the checkride in a plane I had ~8 hours today, hadn't flown in over a month, and never practiced maneuvers in. I didn't feel it was my best, as I didn't do as well as normal on a couple things. Yet, somehow, I passed. Woohoo!!

    So anyways, 40.1 hours to Checkride, and passed. It's given me a good appreciation of "sh*t happens" and to be flexible/calm regardless. Now on to IFR training, and hopefully less "unfortunate events" around checkride time in a year or two when it's time!!
     
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  5. GraceFlyGirl734

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    Working on Ground now waiting on a mew engine installation into the plane I’m going to start in. Hopefully in the next few weeks.
    I’m 47 years old and finally get a chance to go for it!! Going all the way to CFI and then hopefully on the a regional after I get my hours logged. I have wanted this all my life. So excited
     
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  6. MacFlier

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    Just passed my instrument rating checkride last week. What a relief. Definitely a lot of info to learn and the flight test is pretty tough, but doable.
    It took me 1.5 years between different planes, building xc time, flying in actual IMC, changing instructors due to covid.
     
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