Year One As A Licensed Private Pilot
One year ago today, I accomplished a huge dream of mine and became a licensed private pilot! A dream that took four years to accomplish once I started, but not for a lack of trying, but because it was one of many hobbies competing for my time and money. In those four years, I changed jobs three times, switched instructors five times, and played numerous sports all while also traveling the globe to over twenty countries. Though it took a lot of my time and a good chunk of my financial resources, it was all worth it in the end. I’m happy to say that since completing my license, taking my first passengers, Ben and Jamie, and now numerous others; that I’m still getting high in the sky flying friends and family around the Portland area.
Here’s what my first year looked like:
- Logged 24 flights.
- Flew 29.6 hours.
- Landed 32 times.
- Flew 64 passengers, 57 of which were all new to me flying them!
- Wrote 15+ posts about my flights since becoming a pilot.
- Landed at thee new airports.
- Experienced jumping an airplane battery using a truck.
- Had my first “$100 Burger”
- Let over a dozen people experience taking the controls.
- And many more experiences!
This year was quite the blast and I am stoked about what is to come. I’m still renting now, but let’s just say it will more than likely involve flying in a different airplane than I have been so far.
Here’s to the next year of being a pilot, the next numerous number of flights, and new friends and family on board.
October 18, 2015 / Jason / 64
- Total Flight Time: 218.5 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 125.7 Hours
- Solo Time: 100.8 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 60.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 27.8 Hours
- Night Time: 7.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 521 (499/22)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours