View Full Version : I passed!!
10-21-2002, 05:07 AM
I passed my private checkride last thursday and took my first passenger today. (My wife) She wasn't too excited and said my first landing sucked. (i don't think it did) Second one was airliner soft (I haven't ever had a rough landing on an airliner so for those who have it wasn't that kind)
10-21-2002, 06:33 AM
Congrats. I've got about 10 hrs to go before my test. My wife will NEVER, EVER fly with me, tho' - she thinks there are already too many ways to get killed without finding another!
What's next - constant speed prop/retractable, night VFR??
Safe & happy flying
10-21-2002, 07:40 AM
Wow! That's great. Congratulations! That first passenger is always the nicest. I'm sure it's even more nice when that person is someone so close who knows what you've gone through to get that ticket.
Keep up the training and fly safe. Tailwinds.
10-21-2002, 09:41 AM
Hey, COngrats!! Hope you have many happy landings. Take care
10-21-2002, 10:07 AM
Congratulations! You now have a license to learn. And it appears that one of the first things you learned is that non-pilots think that only a greased-on landing is a good one.
Best of luck to you.
10-21-2002, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the congrats guys. I thought my landings were pretty good. She just doesn't like to fly and it was a stretch to even get her to go. When we walked out to the flight line her first question was, "which one are we riding in?" I told her and she was fine until we got up to it then she said oh my god this thing is really small (152) I am getting checked out in a 172 tuesday. She looked at that one to and thought it was small also.
And thats pretty funny about your wife saying theres no reason to find another way to die. Didn't think of that before.
And I am planning on doing my instrument and getting both complex and high performance endorsements. Right now though can't afford it. I eventually want to fly for the forest service or some other fire fighting agency either flying lead plane or water drops or even recon. Don't realy care as long as I am flying and getting paid for it.
Anyway thanks again guys
10-21-2002, 04:30 PM
Congrats!!! Isn't it amazing how much better your plane flies without that darn instructor sitting there weighing it down!!!
I remember when I 1st solo'ed in 1993 it was great. You have completed the hardest part of your training at this point. (Unfortunately not the most expensive part!)
Keep with it and become one of the 12% of student pilots who actually receive their ticket without quiting.
Remember your PP ASEL is just a ticket to learn, continue pushing yourself after you receive your license.
And be sure to drop a note and tell us all about it when you do!
Have you taken your written yet?
10-21-2002, 04:35 PM
yeah I have taken the written and I got my PPL last thursday. I got a 97 on the written and my checkride went pretty good. (good enough to pass) I have to work on no flap landings. Did one with my instructor during training and had to do a slew of them during my checkride. Didn't do so well on those. The darn plane just doesn't slow down as nice when you don't have any flaps deployed. Hit my short field mark either right on or within five feet after the mark. It was pretty good. I was impressed myself. (it takes alot for that) Soft field was not so good. Wasn't hard it was quite soft but the check examiner start pushing on the rudder pedals and hitting the brakes asking me what I was going to do and this threw me off just because and I decided that I should add power to keep from stopping. Its what he wanted to see so it worked out okay.
10-21-2002, 04:43 PM
Congrats....I have to do a quick review with my instructor and then I am set to take the checkride...I am pretty nervous already as I have been really pushing to break the national average of hours to license--I completed training at about 46 so for the most part I am proud of myself. My goal was 45 so that wasn't too far off. I started in a 172 and am now in a Socata Tampico (someone make a good one for FS2002), and after the checkride I plan to get certified in the katana and get my complex in an arrow. As soon as my funds are built back up I would like to get the IFR. Congrats again on your accomplishment!
LAST EDITED ON Oct-22-02 AT 11:47AM (EDT)[p]Congrats...I am working on my PPL as well. Solo'd at 7 hrs. It will be a bit before I get my PPL since wife will only let me fly once a pay period every couple of weeks (at 8.9 now)...I think she is just stalling me, so she doesn't have to take that "first" flight.
10-22-2002, 04:12 PM
Yeah I got to the point where I had to start canceling flights because I ran out of money. I ended up getting a loan to finish. It is quite nice to have plenty of money to learn to fly. There would have been no way I could have kept up with the 1000-1500 a month. My wife took the first flight. :-lol I was talking with some of her co workers and they said from what she told them I did a good job. I did however scare her. Before I made a right turn I lifted the wing to clear traffic and she wasn't expecting that I guess. She said her heart skipped a few beats. :-lol But yeah I would stick with it. Its so much fun. Thanks for the reply.
10-22-2002, 04:30 PM
Does my heart good to hear of your accomplishment. I know how it felt when I passed my A&P Oral and Pratical. I start my PPL flights in a week. Already have the written done and have 6 hrs in the log, I can't wait to be sitting where you are. My hat is off to you! Good Luck and keep training!
The Difference between God & a Pilot: God doesn't think he is a Pilot!:-wave
10-22-2002, 05:58 PM
I'll join the chorus of congrats--
While you're thinking about other tickets, consider soaring. Now that you're a power pilot your training requirements for adding a glider rating are significantly reduced. It really is a no brainer add-on and a very economical way to get your flying kicks.
I've been flying power for 9 years now, but didn't get into gliders until about 3 years ago. Of all the flying I've done (SEL, MEL, taildraggers) it is by far the most rewarding. You're not simply overcoming gravity with brute application of physics. You're actually in harmony with the wind and the sky.
Give it a shot. You will not be sorry.
In the mean time have fun breaking in that PPL,
P.S. Sure flying's expensive, but its been worth every penny I've ever spent on it.
10-22-2002, 11:41 PM
What are your plans? I mean getting your A&P then starting your PP training. Are you gonna run your own business or what? What are you training in. 152 172 piper?
10-22-2002, 11:43 PM
I never thought about gliders. Right now I have no way of getting training in them, that I know of anyway. I don't think we have any gliders on the field. There is one but I don't know whos it is.
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