Monday, October 26, 2009

A Few Cool Photos....

These are a few cool photos my friend Gashaw took last night during my instrument practice. I flew again tonight with another friend. Only 0.4 hours left, plus an instructor signoff. If I fly with my instructor and satisfy him, I'm ready to go.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Flying the Wings Off

I'm very close to completing my instrument rating. My biggest challenge for this rating has been making/finding time to keep practicing. On Monday and Tuesday of this week I made a big push, though, and put in 6.7 hours of "hood time" in a 24-hour period with three different safety pilots. Total flying time was about 7.5 hours.

By the time I finished 4.5 hours of hood time on Tuesday evening, I was exhausted. It was about 8:30 or 9 p.m., I'd been flying since around 2:30, with only one break in the middle. I spent almost all of that time staring at the needles on the gauges, keeping the airplane on course, on altitude, and en route to the correct destination via the correct procedure. I was grateful that airplanes don't get tired, and was wishing that I didn't either.

I now need only 3.9 hours more to meet the minimum hour requirement, and my instructor needs to make the formal recommendation to the FAA for me to take the exam. I'll fly with him Saturday morning, use up some of the 3.9 hours I need and get a prognosis on when I should take the exam. In the meanwhile, I'm studying in every spare moment for the oral portion of the exam.

If all goes well, it could be as early as this next week....