Any T-Nation pilots here
Started learning Feb 1st of this year. Managed to accumulate 40.5 hours in a cessna 172 over the last two months. I was flying almost everyday for the first month sometimes twice a day. Completely fell in love with it. If it weren’t for the fact that I already have been accepted to grad school I might be convinced to get my IFR and commercial license and try and make it to a major airline.
So if you’ve flown:
- When did you start flying?/How long you’ve been flying?
I started flying February 2017. Thats just over two months.
2. Why did you start flying?
I was bored and honestly feeling kinda down. My 17 year old brother was taking lessons as an alternative to college since my Father had the foresight to realize he might not have a high aptitude for a collegiate course load.
3.What do you fly? Flown anything really unusual?
I have flown a wide variety of 172 and one 210 HP 172 xp. They all belong to the flight school and are pretty beat up. My favorite is a 35 maybe 40 year old 172 painted pink for breast cancer awareness. The 172 xp was interesting as it was the first time I flew something with a variable propeller.
3. Any crazy flying stories? Close calls you had?
Craziest storey. The fact that I am even flying is crazy because I was terrified of flying before. Every time I would go up in the beginning I would think in the middle of the lesson thats it we are landing and I am done never again. Yet I always managed to get back in the cockpit. Now I fly with confidence and authority. I have no problem flying and landing in strong crosswinds and gusty conditions. I actually enjoy the challenge. I developed confidence in the performance and capabilities of the plane.
What I enjoyed most was spin training. Its not part of the curriculum for a a PPL but I wanted to experience it since the mere thought of it made me uncomfortable and I am all about going outside my comfort zone. What a thrill it was to go from flying to stallings to pointing straight at the Earth while rotating.
After school its the best 10 k I have ever spent.