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MK2aw
09-27-2004, 05:34 PM
I got my student pilot certificate this week and went up and flew the plane today!
It was amazing.
The coolest part and the one related to these forums, is the instructor asking me if I had ever flown before. I told him no and he stated that I must be a natural because even when I bank I am rolling out just at the right time and keeping my nose up. He does not usually see that with a first timer. I quickly replied that I put about 12 hours a week into a flight simulator called IL2-fb and I must be doing it subconsciously .

I thought you guys would enjoy that. I am attempting to post some pics so sorry if they do not link up correctly. If they do not work just copy and paste into browser and then it should work.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p4aa5cc5274cb96756b50c9c53000670b/f6e1cdcb.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p2ad1c668e2f4be929d1e8c7ae9f15650/f6e1cdd1.jpg



mk2aw

MK2aw
09-27-2004, 05:34 PM
I got my student pilot certificate this week and went up and flew the plane today!
It was amazing.
The coolest part and the one related to these forums, is the instructor asking me if I had ever flown before. I told him no and he stated that I must be a natural because even when I bank I am rolling out just at the right time and keeping my nose up. He does not usually see that with a first timer. I quickly replied that I put about 12 hours a week into a flight simulator called IL2-fb and I must be doing it subconsciously .

I thought you guys would enjoy that. I am attempting to post some pics so sorry if they do not link up correctly. If they do not work just copy and paste into browser and then it should work.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p4aa5cc5274cb96756b50c9c53000670b/f6e1cdcb.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p2ad1c668e2f4be929d1e8c7ae9f15650/f6e1cdd1.jpg



mk2aw

PBNA-Boosher
09-27-2004, 05:39 PM
Isn't FB great in that respect? I soloed back in June. I only had about 18-19 hours of flight time when I did. Wasn't nervous, but that blast of speed when you're alone in the cockpit is great!

WTE_Galway
09-27-2004, 05:39 PM
just rememeber the appropriate response to seeing a plane ahead of you on finals is NOT shooting at it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Weather_Man
09-27-2004, 05:43 PM
Cool, I wish I could do that. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BTW, here's your pics...you had too many .jpgs on the end. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p4aa5cc5274cb96756b50c9c53000670b/f6e1cdcb.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid140/p2ad1c668e2f4be929d1e8c7ae9f15650/f6e1cdd1.jpg

T_O_A_D
09-27-2004, 05:45 PM
That pretty dang cool!!!!!

I fixed your links

MK2aw
09-27-2004, 05:45 PM
If you cut and paste them they work in the browser. That is the exact address, too many jpgs and all ....wierd.

Thanks for putting them up!

Mk2aw

T_O_A_D
09-27-2004, 05:51 PM
Hey Weatherman how did you make them smaller with same addy?

MK2aw
09-27-2004, 05:53 PM
hehehe sorry for the big pic T_O_A_D. Make them smaller if you can, I have no idea how.

Thanks!

Mk2aw

Weather_Man
09-27-2004, 05:54 PM
lol, it's magic. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I just took off the .orig.jpg on the end and that's what showed up. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

T_O_A_D
09-27-2004, 05:58 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif When you post a pic you have a landscape icon on top of your window when makeing a post click it, then past your url into the box and it will add the right syntax to it.

infront and behind it

JG52Uther
09-27-2004, 06:22 PM
Thats cool,i have my first lesson on Friday morning 9AM GMT.

mortoma
09-27-2004, 07:15 PM
I got my ticket in 2000 and the plane I flew the most and liked the most was almost exactly like the one you show in the picture. A perfect plane for learning to fly. 152s stink because they are too small and don't land like any other plane out there. The 172 I flew was a '77 Skyawk II without the wheel fairings, so it looked a lot like that one except it was brown and white. I will say that Skyhawk you are flying looks a little newer, maybe '79 to '82, somewhere around that old. You are going to have a blast but it won't always be easy!! You'll always have a lot of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment after every lesson for sure. Have fun!!!

LeadSpitter_
09-27-2004, 08:32 PM
Time to shave my arms and legs.

VW-IceFire
09-27-2004, 08:37 PM
Sounds good...

I'm fairly convinced that FB does have an accurate enough flight model to make the transition to real flight. I haven't gone flying yet but I intend to soon.

Having watched a number of warbirds doing their paces however I'm fairly convinced that FB has got it right. Its not perfect and we nitpick about everything but its quite good...quite good!

Fliger747
09-28-2004, 11:06 PM
In 1972 I soloed in a 150 with 7 hours. This was before lawyers got into the flying buisness, not that we were better back then. I liked the 150 because it had LIGHT controls, which developed a fine touch. The one I flew was capable of aerobatics, adding another dimension to the experience. Taildragger conversion back then was (I bought a supercub in 1975) 'NICE JOB, see ya'!

Those of you that have the opportunity to do some real stick time, keep it up!

Flying still beats work!

MadMacgunner
09-29-2004, 05:21 AM
Hey,MK2W,great job.
Now you have to tell us when you make your first dive at 700 km/h, followed by a half roll and a loop.All of this of course with your monitor in the cockpit too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


"Vista, suerte y al toro"

Garc√¬*a Morato, Spanish Civil War pilot.

TX-EcoDragon
09-29-2004, 12:52 PM
Congratulations, and have fun! It is hard not to be anxious to get through it all, but savor the training time, it really will be a part of your flying career that you will always cherish, no matter how long you fly, and what else you fly.

Best of Luck

MK2aw
09-29-2004, 09:36 PM
Thanks everyone! I need the encouragement.

After telling everyone what I was doing I get a negative reaction. example: "You would not catch me dead in a little plane like that!" etc.

I look forward to getting my full license and then training on twin engines and then finally on jets.

Mk2aw

LEXX_Luthor
09-29-2004, 10:03 PM
MK2aw:: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>After telling everyone what I was doing I get a negative reaction. example: "You would not catch me dead in a little plane like that!" etc. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Soon you too will be hanging out at airports. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

GreyFox5
09-29-2004, 10:18 PM
Excellent, How are you financing your flight training. See my sig for the pic of the '46 Aeronca Champ Yes its a 1946 Champ! Think Piper Cub been flying with a friend and I so want to learn but can't find the cash...

Good luck and have fun! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

TX-EcoDragon
09-30-2004, 12:56 PM
GreyFox, Well, if you want it, you can probably do it!


http://www.txsquadron.com/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=&TOPIC_ID=433

I often like to think of it this way: Eat something cheap like Ramen Noodles for lunch everyday instead of what you normally do, and save those 10 bucks everyday for a year and a half and then your flight training will be free!

Once you are certificated it is generally pretty affordable for most people to log at least a few hours each month. While far from cheap, most people with a passion for flight can make it happen, no matter their situation. Most of us are using computers that cost from half all the way on up to the cost of the training. . . when your planning your next upgrade keep that in mind.

MK2aw
09-30-2004, 10:00 PM
Thank you for the amazing response!

I am paying for it via my actual salary. I want to share details. It's $79 per hour to take the flight lessons. It's usually 2 hours per lesson. Obviously , any pilot will tell you,its well worth it.

Mk2aw

JG52Uther
10-01-2004, 07:18 AM
Well,i took my first lesson today,what a fantastic feeling.It was in a French built aircraft called a Robin HR 200,a low wing plane with a stick instead of a yoke.As for the cost,you are fortunate to live in the States!.Here in the UK it is ‚£110 per hour (about $198 dollars i think) and you need 45 hours to get a PPL http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Woofdang
10-01-2004, 01:55 PM
Can you just buy an old plane and use your cornfield as a runway if you wanted? Is air space over the U.S. restricted to those with licenses and/or registered planes? How does that work? Do you have to plan a long flight with some authorities?? How does that all work?

-- W

PriK
10-01-2004, 07:34 PM
Congratulations MK2aw, there's really nothing like flying for real is there?

At the very least perhaps if one of us non-RL pilots get caught in the situation of being in a small plane on the way to a fishing fly-in where the pilot cacks from a heart attack we'll be the most likely person on the plane to possibly land it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

MK2aw
10-01-2004, 08:26 PM
Congrats JG52 way to go!

A stick sounds a lot cooler than a yoke.

That is quite expensive for a lesson. $158.00 for two hours seems like a steal now.

Mk2aw

MK2aw
10-03-2004, 12:03 AM
I got some new pics and even MOV files from my second flight. I know this has to be of interest to some who are thinknig about taking real lessons, so my question is simple:

I know of services that host JPEGs but how about services that host movie files?

Mk2aw