I've yet to pick up any books... though I do plan to. This has been something I've been thinking about doing for a couple years now, and I just remembered that I wanted to do it when I drove past that flight school the other day after karting.mikester said:Way back when I took a few hours of flight instruction (about 5 or 6 IIRC). I stopped because I didn't really have the money at the time to continue (was fresh out of high school and still kind of figuring out what to do from there, etc.). Never continued since then, but it was still worthwhile.
If like me, you've always loved aircraft and flying, you'll love it. I assume you've read/are reading books on the basics of flight/aircraft/flying lessons, but if you haven't then you should. It'll help you learn faster and familiarize yourself with the process and know what to expect.
What are you looking to do ? Get your private license to fly for recreation ?
Have fun and remember, the number of landings should always equal the number of takeoffs ! (yuk yuk, I've got a million of 'em...)
There are all sorts of currency requirements. For example, to fly at night with a passenger you have to have ahd three night landings in the past ninety days. Lots of stuff like that. Plus there's the BFR (biennial flight review, although I think they've changed the name) where every two years you have to get checked out again. The big problem, what keeps me from flying, is that the minimum requirements are just that, minimums. I personally don't think that you can be a safe pilot without flying much more than what is required. Once I did the math based on what my instructor told me and what I read in respected avaiation guides, I figured that I could afford to get my ticket but I couldn't afford to keep it. Hence the Elise that is hopefully soon to be here.Allan Gibbs said:Mike, is there some sort of proficiency exam that you have to take X years after you receive your license?
I completely agree with you. A good friend of mine got his license, but let it lapse after a year or two, for exactly these reasons. I'm sure he'd still say it was worth the achievement, because it was a lifelong goal, but it's tough to be a good, safe pilot unless it's really a passion for you, because of the committment involved. It is, after all, serious business especially in today's crowded skies and busy, busy airports. The days of the small, private airstrips and wide open skies are almost all gone, by and large. At least near the urban centers.andykeck said:I personally don't think that you can be a safe pilot without flying much more than what is required. more like 6 to 8 thousand bucks to get your ticket.
Good thing Lumn8r, because I just recently went for that $100.00 hamburger to which I had long forgotten how much fun it is. Imagine actually going where you want to. GA flying will always be blast for me no matter what I fly the beef in.Lumn8r said:
I've gotten out of private flying since it is what I do at work, and I have a lot of other projects taking my time and money right now.
Because there were so many deaths due to VFR pilots inadvertantly ending up in IFR conditions and drilling holes in the ground, I felt that an IFR rating was essential to safe flying. I hadn't intended to do a lot of IFR, just wanted the skills.1FASTMX5 said:Here are some answers and thought some of the questions posted:
1. Private Pilot License does not expire.
Example for VFR...
2. Your flight privilege are only valid if:
a. 3 Take-off's & landing in 90 days to carry passengers
b. Landing to a full stop for night qualification
c. Current Medical
d. Pass Bi-Ennial flight review
I strongly suggest against a recreational license. In todays complex flight environment a Private is bare minumum one should acheive.
lol, I was waiting for someone to understand my sig line. Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese lettuce onion on a sesame bun. LOL.mikester said:spezielle Soßekopfsalat mit zwei legt aller Rindfleischpastetchen Zwiebeln auf einem Sesamsamenbrötchen in Essig ein
Yum, yum !
Actually I understand about 80 % of the ingrediants in that menu item, but murky on what a Sosekopfsalat - sauce head salad ? is ...