April 30, 2004
Today I decided to make the decision whether to start flight training or not. I think I knew that the answer would be to go for it but having been raised a Boy Scout I know the importance of being prepared. So I went through my pre-flight training checklist: Do I have the time, the dedication, finances, support, a good school, and an instructor I think I will like?
Today, I answered all the questions in my head. I went through the go, no go systems check. I must admit it was not nearly as dramatic as those done by Gene Kranz of NASA preparing for the Apollo missions. For the most part I think I am ready.
So, I called up Queen City Flight Training and talked to the Flight Instructor I met on Thursday evening and signed up for my first two lessons. My first lesson will be two hours on Sunday afternoon. I will follow it up with a night lesson Wednesday night.
April 29, 2004
...but the two included a school I originally had scratched from my list. Over the past two days I have visited: Blue Ash Aviation, Franklin Aviation, Cincinnati Flight Training and Queen City Flight Training.
I visited Blue Ash Aviation and enjoyed my visit and really liked the instructor. The school is located at Blue Ash Airport an uncontrolled airport. I think that is my only real concern with Blue Ash Aviation is missing out on the controlled atmosphere each time out.
Today, I visited Franklin Aviation, a Part 141 flight school. I was not impressed with their staff. Although their equipment is top of the line that comes at a steep price. I was equally unimpressed with Cincinnati Flight Training who came in cheapest of the four.
I was pleasantly surprised with Queen City Flight Training. Their website did not impress me but I am not hoping to learn HTML so I got past that. The three staff members I met were all very nice. The flight instructor I met with offered to take me up in one of their Cessna 152's for an introductory flight. The flight was great and I felt comfortable with the instructor. Flying out of an airport in controlled airspace and with a busy schedule of business travel did not seem to slow down the lesson.
So, I think in the coming days I will need to make the tough decision between Queen City Flight Training and Blue Ash Aviation.
Check back soon...
I spent time last night searching the Internet for the best message boards or forums for Pilot interaction. I found there were a ton of forums and message boards but most were deserted like those on iPilot.com & Flying Magazine.
Let me know if you know of other great resources for student pilots.
April 28, 2004
I figure one of my first tasks now that I have decided I want to earn my private pilot's license is picking a flight school. This is a harder decision than I thought it might be. It is kind of like buying a car since it is an expensive decision and a long term one.
I found a couple of resources helpful in researching how to make this decision. The first was How to Choose the Right Flight School by StudentPilot.com. I also found this article from the Americn School of Aviation helpful.
In the coming days I plan on visiting both facilities and determing which is a better fit. I will keep you posted.
April 27, 2004
After a couple long nights of website design and development MyFlightBlog.com is ready for the public. I have created this website to share my experiences of learning to fly.
I hope that by sharing my experiences of learning to fly I can motivate others to make their dreams a reality too.
A special thanks to Aaron of www.twocentsworth.com for his assistance in getting the MovableType Engine loaded on MyFlightBlog.com.
If you are interested in creating your own blog I suggest you check out Moveable Type. Moveable Type has been easy to use and learn.