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Steven’s PPL Diary 1: Climbing, Descending and Checks

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

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When approached by the upper echelons of the Profpilot management team (Sam) to write a diary of my PPL training I thought “How could I say no?” Donning my 4-bar epaulettes, sheep skin lined leather jacket and authority commanding pilot’s moustache I took to my computer to write the first (of hopefully many) PPL diary entries.

Standard profpilot contributor garb.

Standard profpilot contributor garb.

For those of you who wish to follow along with my oh-so exciting tales, I’m following “Air Pilot’s Manual – Flying Training” which can be purchased from the ProfPilot shop and some other aviation related book stores (But Sam doesn’t get commission from those).

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Tom’s Diary: Nearing My Qualifying Cross Country

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

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I am currently 3 – 4 hours away from my qualifying cross country now and there are mixed emotions. I don’t drive yet so unlike my friends at ground school, they are very familiar with the roads and could navigate on them alone. The number 1 worry I have, and most likely the majority would is getting lost. I cant wait to complete it, to finish and have mastered over 80 miles of flight through airspace riddled with restrictions and obstructions. I can only imagine I will have the feeling of ‘being a pilot’ like that I felt when I completed my first solo after 14 hours.

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Contributor Post: 4×4ing a Pa-28

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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(First Article not written by me people! We live in exciting times. Tom actually wrote an article of his own accord for this obscure little site! Thanks Tom!
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The Article

8th solo, 18 hours. I started the engine, did my checks. Lined up on 28, ready for departure. As soon as I took off I could feel the wind. Like most days in which I haven’t flown for 2 weeks or more I take off with a pit of the stomach feeling that tells me this is dangerous. Normally it wears off by the time I’m in the overhead. However I wasn’t going in the overhead I was doing circuits and it was gusty; so gusty in fact the seat belt fell off the hook due to the violent jolts. Didn’t help it hit something solid and made my jump.

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