Today was the first day of school of my senior year. Throughout most of my classes I’ve found myself yearning to get back in the air. I am now up to 8.3 hours of flight time, with which I’ve begun to get a good handle on power-on and power-off stalls, ground-reference maneuvers, and steep turns. I’ve also become much more comfortable on the radio, and I am now making the majority of calls during flights. Being a member of the Air Force JROTC at my school also allows me another outlet for aviation advice and knowledge; one of my instructors, Col. Zoller, is a retired Air Force C-5 pilot. Below are some more pictures from my training.
This past week I began my flight training with the Cherokee Flyers Association. I’ve been able to get airborne twice between band and bad weather, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I have become very fond of the beautiful aircraft I am so lucky to be able to learn in, a Piper Archer III with Garmin G500 avionics. I am starting to get a good handle on preflight, startup, and taxiing procedures, as well as level flight, turns to headings, and climbs/descents. I have also begun to work on stall recovery and understanding the physics involved. Sporty’s Learn To Fly course has also been a huge asset in my training, with engaging videos and coursework. I’ve included a few pictures from my training.
I’d like to begin by saying that I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and the generosity of its sponsors. I am greatly humbled by the immense collective talent and experience of the Flying Musicians Association and look forward to meeting new pilots and players in my travels. I hope that in the keeping of this blog I can encourage more young people to bring their own aeronautical and musical dreams to fruition, as the wonderful people at FMA have helped do for me.