Update 9/20

Sorry for the delay in my updates. School is in full swing and finding time for anything between classes, band, college applications and flight lessons is proving difficult. Nonetheless I am thoroughly enjoying my senior year. My training is going great. I’ve included a flight track from one of my recent lessons (as a picture because I had trouble with the Google Earth file), which have been a lot of pattern work and perfecting my landings. I should be soloing within the next two weeks for which I am both excited and nervous. On the musician side of things, myself and a few members of our high school jazz band have gotten together to form a jazz combo, in which we will play everything from classic jazz standards to contemporary arrangements (if we can find the time to rehearse). I look forward to posting some musical updates in the near future.

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Update 8/24

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.

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Update 8/18

Hooked

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.IMG_20150816_071239544_HDR IMG_20150816_103759 IMG_20150816_091046111