Started Instrument Ground School
On January 16th, I started instrument ground school with one of my former private pilot instructors, Rick Payne. Though I had written last time about the many options I had for ground school, after talking with him, he became my first choice. As a CFII, He’s got the knowledge and the skills to get me through my instrument rating and I look forward to working with him. Though it is going to take a lot of time and effort on my part, like it did for my private license, this time I know what I struggled with and how I can overcome my faults.
Rather than just jumping into the cockpit and going flying without knowing anything, I told him I wanted to get through the majority of ground school before I start flying. The reason for this is that it is one of the things that made my private license take as long as it did. I know that I have a very active life and because of that, I didn’t do the studying I needed to do outside of flying when getting my private. To avoid this, I’m putting the books first before getting back into the plane as once I start flying again, studying will not be a priority.
There is a lot I’m going to have to learn to get my IFR rating, and therefore I’m being more realistic than I was when I started my private. Realizing that all my time will not be devoted so it’ll take a bit more effort on my part to cut out extra activities in my life and focus on studying instead. (I’ll try not to become a hermit.)
The current plan is to do a 2-3 hour ground session as often as possible, making sure to go less than 10 days between each session. With that, it should take too long to get the knowledge I need to take my written exam and get it out of the way.
I’m looking forward to working with Rick and getting this rating completed so that I’ll not only be a better pilot, but will have many more options to fly.
February 9, 2016 / Jason /
Categories: Instrument Rating Completion
- 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