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PhantomKira
09-12-2007, 07:02 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif (and many more) is about how I'm feeling right now!!!

So, as some of you may know, I started flight school in August/September 2001. The flying proved not easy for me and I ended up with an aviation business degree instead.

Having given up on the flying, I went on to Paramedic, but realized that I missed aviation too much, so I got back into flying, determined to get my license.

And today I took, and passed my checkride!!! So I now have a Temporary Airman Certificate (Private Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land) until such time (within a month I hope) as the Federal Aviation Administation gets through thier paperwork mountain and sends me the official perminent copy.

Almost six years to the day in the making. As I said: http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif with a few http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif thrown in for good measure!

I'm happy! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stingray-65
09-12-2007, 07:07 PM
Congrats! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

AtlantikEel
09-12-2007, 07:20 PM
Congratulations!
I wish I had done the same when I was younger. I'm limited to expensive and way too short yearly biplane excursions.
You're living my dream...good for you!

tuddley3
09-12-2007, 09:34 PM
Good job my friend http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif , keep it up !!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

klcarroll
09-12-2007, 10:20 PM
Yes! ............Great job! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Just be careful whenever approaching good old Mother Earth: ......THE "extra strength" plane reliever! (....To paraphrase the "Excedrin" commercial.) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

klcarroll

PhantomKira
09-13-2007, 10:12 PM
Thanks guys. My parents (mom especially) were beside themselves (to quote mom).

It's so nice to see a major investment like that through to completion, especially after two failed attempts at the checkride, and a year off after the second one. As with all accomplishments that take a lot of effort however, I have found very quickly that there is a void in the space where "Complete the flying" used to be. Not too concerned though. I suspect that the Paramedic training will very soon and very completely fill that void. One down, on to the next as they say.

As AtlantikEel can probably attest to, flying is expensive when you can't get someone else to pay for it, too much so for me to pursue any further at present without definitive goals in mind (instrument rating, seaplane rating, tailwheel, aerobatic, etc). I must say that biplanes have always held an interest for me as well.

As the old saying goes "If God had wanted man to fly, he would have given him more money!"


THE "extra strength" plane reliever!

Indeed. Something to be said for gentle landings!

My second on the checkride was anything but... The examiner wanted me to land with full flaps. Well, I like speed, especially when I'm close to the ground, so I very rarely use full flaps (usually 20 degrees, instead of 40), and never had before in the the aircraft type I used for the checkride. Result? My approach was just fine until I put full flaps in at which point, with the extra drag and lift that I was un-accustomed to, my approach went haywire. Managed to get it down okay, but it was one of those "okay... the ground's got to be here somewhere..." landings. Fortunately, the landing was okay and not bad enough to give him reason not to grant me the license. (Whew!)

Liddabit
09-13-2007, 10:53 PM
Thats so awesome. I get butterflys just playing Il-2, I know I'm not brave enough to fly a real plane. Kudos to you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif!