Mt. St. Helens with Kief, Jeremy and Cassie

Took some friends flying today towards Mt. St. Helens. Couldn’t make it the entire way due to the clouds, but it was still a blast! Continue reading

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I’m a Private Pilot!!!


It’s official!  After over four years, and too much money to think about, I finally accomplished the goal I set for myself to finish my Private Pilots license!!!  It’s such an amazing weight off of my shoulders and I couldn’t be happier for getting it done.  I barely slept last night anticipating the exam today (4.5 hours of ground testing, and 1.7 hours in the air), but now that it is over, I am a very very happy man, who will get plenty of sleep tonight!

I’ll write up more details about my practical/checkride, but not today…I’ll be too busy celebrating!!!

So I gotta ask…who wants to go flying?  😉

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Today’s flight consisted of a number of landings over at Mulino State Airpark.  These landings consisted of the usual: normal, short, and soft field.  On top of this however, I got to practice and do a great job at some short approach landings including and a “power-off 180.” Continue reading

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Landings Landings Landings


Yesterday evening I went flying with Steve and our big focus was on landing.  It’s been said “Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man…Landing is the first!” This quote hits home pretty hard as landing have always been my biggest weakness.  Now I’ve done a few hundred landings, and I’m yet to break an airplane, but none the less, I don’t always land as great as I know I can. Continue reading

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Better Landings


Since getting back into the cockpit again after almost a year, my flying has been getting better and better.  I really noticed this when I went flying Sunday.  My landings and overall flying were better and smoother than they’ve really ever been.  I was quite pleased with how things went. Continue reading

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Them Winds Be Strong!

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Today I went flying in the morning where I encountered some very strong winds (20+ knots with gusts up to 30).  Though I’ve flown in the wind before, this was by far my windiest flight. Continue reading

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PPL Written Exam – Take 2


I didn’t go flying today, but instead, I’m writing about my second time taking my Private Pilot Aeronautical Written Exam.  The first time was almost two years ago, which means, that I had to take it over as I needed to finish my practical exam before 24 calendar months after I finished my written.  That didn’t happen, so here I am today. Continue reading

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100 Hours

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Today’s flight, my 84th one, marks a pretty significant point in my learning to fly.  I reached 100 hours of time flying!  I also soloed again during this flight here at Troutdale.  It also reaches four years of “Looking To The Sky.”  Crazy to think that I started this four years ago, and though I’m STILL not done, I’m going to be soon! Continue reading

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