I am excited to be taking my first overnight trip (KBED to KHYA) as a private pilot today! I’m staying with friends in Brewster, MA – in the heart of Cape Code – for the July 4th holiday.
The weather looks great (if a little warm to be strapped in to a tin can with no air conditioning), but the skies are clear and the winds calm. The flight commences at East Coast Aero Club in Bedford, MA where I will be picking up the Cessna 172M that I passed my checkride in back in November of last year. From there, I head south to navigate around the lower shelves of the Boston Class Bravo, towards Norwood (KOWD) and then Plymouth (KPYM). After that, I follow the east coast around to the cape, ultimately landing at Hyannis (KHYA). The estimated flight time is 42 minutes, and I’ll burn about 11 gallons of fuel.
As well as being excited due to this being my first overnight trip, I’m also thankful that I won’t have to sit on Route 3 for several hours, as thousands of weary city-dwellers crawl their way down to the beach. This is one of those rare occasions where GA is faster than any other mode of transport!
Also, I’ll be taking my brand new Bose A20s for their maiden flight, as well as my new iPad/Foreflight combo.
If you’re flying over the holiday, take care, and enjoy!
After a lengthy hiatus, we are back with the long-awaited episode on my top PPL checkride tips. Sorry for the delay, folks – but this one has been worth the wait.
The second topic of this show is getting back into flying after a break. Due to the New England winter (and some other stuff), I went six months without flying after getting my certificate. I recently took to the skies again, and I share my experience of getting back into the cockpit, and I cover how to do so safely.
Happy New Year! In this special episode, I share with you the story of my first FAA checkride for my private pilot certificate. In many ways, the days leading up to the checkride were very stressful and nearly caused me to cancel my date with my DPE.
Listen now to hear all about my check ride adventure, and hopefully you can learn from some of my mistakes!
Just a quick recommendation for a wonderful new YouTube Channel – Flight Review. My man David Allen does a truly exceptional job of turning his Private Pilot lessons into a fascinating documentary.
The production values in Flight Review are highly polished, and David himself is a compelling narrator. While my podcast focuses on explaining the concepts you need to know to become a Private Pilot, Flight Review shows you what it is actually like to take lessons.
Flight Review is one of the best made YouTube channels I’ve ever subscribed to. Check out David’s first lesson now – and if you enjoy the show, please like and subscribe!
Making a diversion is an essential skills test on the Private Pilot checkride. Be super prepared for yours, with this useful diversion calculator you can print out and take with you on your checkride. it is yours for free – read on to download (no registration required). Continue reading “Diversion calculator”
In Episode 6, I explain the six main flight instruments that make up the classic ‘six pack’. I explain what each instrument shows you. I go into the basics of how each instrument works, and the inherent limitations of the instruments that every student pilot should know. Continue reading “Episode 6 – Steam Gauges (aka The Six Pack)”
In Episode 5, we explore the standard airport traffic pattern, why we use it, and how to fly it. As you’ll be flying close to other aircraft, competing for airspace, it is essential to learn how to fly the pattern accurately and safely. Continue reading “Episode 5 – The Airport Traffic Pattern”
Looking for an E6B to start your pilot training with? This low cost model will do everything you want, and will easily survive long enough for you to get your ticket, no batteries required. Read my review. Continue reading “Review: ASA E6B Flight Computer”