I'm finally starting my flight review!

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I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Amber Kite on Jun 28, 2017 9:26 am

As a rusty pilot, there are many concerns that arise whenever one is considering whether to return to the cockpit. Personally, I knew I would always be disappointed if I didn’t try to fly again, but I wasn’t sure where to start. All the time I’ve spent in GA aircraft has been in training; my checkride was the last time I flew a plane. I have never gotten to experience the joys of flying GA as PIC, and that’s really the ultimate goal for me!

Well, I’m happy to say I’ve kick-started the process and am beginning to work on my flight review! No, it won’t consist of just the minimum one hour on the ground and one hour in the air, but I’m ready to put in the time and finally experience the freedom of flying GA.

So far, there are a few things that stand out to me: first, getting started is an obstacle; second, persistence is key; and third, finding the support to get going and keep going is important. Getting started was difficult because there are a million reasons why I can’t complete my flight review. I don’t have the time or the money for flying, and it can be a stressful addition to anyone’s already busy life; however, none of these are reason enough not to try. It’s all about making the first call to the instructor, buying the updated charts, and scheduling the first lesson. Second, I’m learning to be persistent when it comes to finding an instructor and scheduling lessons. There is no perfect set of circumstances; if you love something, you should go for it. For me, that’s flying – so here I am! Lastly, I’m in the process of lining up the support I need to help me through my flight review and keep me motivated to stay current afterwards! There is certainly a lot left to do, but things are finally starting to come together.

I’d love to hear from anyone else who is working on their flight review or has some tips for me! I’ll check back in throughout the process to let you guys know how I’m doing!

Amber
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Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by John Hamilton on Jun 28, 2017 1:42 pm

Congratulations Amber!  That's a huge first step.  Nothing but blue skies and tailwinds from here.  Good luck.

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Colette Halmo on Jun 29, 2017 1:11 pm

Amber such a great story. Glad that you are able to get back to flying.  Good Luck and have fun! 

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Elizabeth Linares on Jun 29, 2017 3:56 pm

Yay! I'll have to catch up to you!

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Tim Niles on Jul 11, 2017 2:51 pm

Hi Amber,

Great to hear your, very timely, story. Thanks for sharing. Where are you flying out of?

So, you asked, so here goes...
I got my SEL ticket in the early 2000s at KDMW (right around the corner from AOPA in Frederick, MD). Flew until eight years ago and then had to hang it up. Not because of lack of interest, but that is a story for another day. I'm right with you in that there has never been anything like the joy of flying. There is never a good time and never enough money. For the second time, my bride gave me a kick to move forward. First time was to get my license and second time was a few weeks ago. Nothing serious mind you and no big plans. Just going out to have some fun...so I thought.

After an exchange of a few emails, I ended up flying with Helen Woods, owner of Chesapeake Sport Pilot at Bay Bridge Airport in MD. She offered to take me along on quick jaunt she was making in a little SeaRay. She referred to me as ballast -  What a joy it was to talk shop with her and jump into this little bundle of joy plane and skim along the waters of the bay. The fire was officially lit again!

Just to add to the strange path this has taken me, the Monday after the bay flight I was in my office. The receptionist came in and introduced me to a new tenant. He was the owner of the flight school at my local field. Oh, someone is really giving me a nudge to so something here. Of course, I had to go check out the operation since it was not around when I was flying before. Hey, they have a flying club and the rates aren’t bad. On top of that, they have a sim. Always thought that would be a good way to get some practice without burning 100LL.

What's the plan now? I immediately purchased the King Schools refresher series. No way was I going to take any chances of allowing my rusty brain from obscuring safety and knowledge. That little refresher has been great, and now is the time to get a bit more serious.
-    First I need to do the flight review at my old stomping ground, KDMW – Shoot, it’s 10 minutes from my office.
-    Then follow it up with more refresher work until I feel competent, not just legal to be PIC again.
-    Then a return to Helen to do my seaplane and tailwheel. That Searay was just too fun not to spend more time in.
-    Finally, make some decisions on doing my instrument work and start thinking about purchasing another plane.

Well, that should take me into next year. I thought about doing a GoPro series on the return to flying. If I decide to do so, I'll be sure to post it here. Not sure yet if I want to world to see what is left of my crosswind landing "technique". So much for casual. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post back here. I’ve also love to hear more about what others are doing and the process.

Blue Skies,
Tim

 

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Amber Kite on Jul 28, 2017 11:15 am

Tim Niles:
Hi Amber,

Great to hear your, very timely, story. Thanks for sharing. Where are you flying out of?

So, you asked, so here goes...
I got my SEL ticket in the early 2000s at KDMW (right around the corner from AOPA in Frederick, MD). Flew until eight years ago and then had to hang it up. Not because of lack of interest, but that is a story for another day. I'm right with you in that there has never been anything like the joy of flying. There is never a good time and never enough money. For the second time, my bride gave me a kick to move forward. First time was to get my license and second time was a few weeks ago. Nothing serious mind you and no big plans. Just going out to have some fun...so I thought.

After an exchange of a few emails, I ended up flying with Helen Woods, owner of Chesapeake Sport Pilot at Bay Bridge Airport in MD. She offered to take me along on quick jaunt she was making in a little SeaRay. She referred to me as ballast -  What a joy it was to talk shop with her and jump into this little bundle of joy plane and skim along the waters of the bay. The fire was officially lit again!

Just to add to the strange path this has taken me, the Monday after the bay flight I was in my office. The receptionist came in and introduced me to a new tenant. He was the owner of the flight school at my local field. Oh, someone is really giving me a nudge to so something here. Of course, I had to go check out the operation since it was not around when I was flying before. Hey, they have a flying club and the rates aren’t bad. On top of that, they have a sim. Always thought that would be a good way to get some practice without burning 100LL.

What's the plan now? I immediately purchased the King Schools refresher series. No way was I going to take any chances of allowing my rusty brain from obscuring safety and knowledge. That little refresher has been great, and now is the time to get a bit more serious.
-    First I need to do the flight review at my old stomping ground, KDMW – Shoot, it’s 10 minutes from my office.
-    Then follow it up with more refresher work until I feel competent, not just legal to be PIC again.
-    Then a return to Helen to do my seaplane and tailwheel. That Searay was just too fun not to spend more time in.
-    Finally, make some decisions on doing my instrument work and start thinking about purchasing another plane.

Well, that should take me into next year. I thought about doing a GoPro series on the return to flying. If I decide to do so, I'll be sure to post it here. Not sure yet if I want to world to see what is left of my crosswind landing "technique". So much for casual. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post back here. I’ve also love to hear more about what others are doing and the process.

Blue Skies,
Tim

 

Hi Tim,

Thank you for sharing! I fly out of KFDK. I did my initial training in Indiana (KLAF) so the sights are a little bit different here, and I love it so far!

I am so glad you jumped back into flying again, too. You're right; once you finally get back to it, the fire is lit again! It's so neat that you get to fly out of DMW again - and that it's so close to your office! Your plan for future ratings is awesome. I know you'll be able to get it all done! If you do make a video of your return to the left seat, I'd love to see it!

Please keep us posted, Tim!

- Amber

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Scott Anderson on Dec 20, 2018 5:27 pm

I'm with you, Amber!  My last logbook entry was 2004.  I passed my SEL check ride in 2000 and only logged a few hour since.  About a month ago I decided to get flying again and scheduled (and passed) my medical.  Just this week I finally called a flight instructor and scheduled my first flight for January 5.  I admit I'm very nervous and also excited. Good luck!

Scott

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Michael Walpole on Dec 21, 2018 10:22 am

Tim Niles:


Well, that should take me into next year. I thought about doing a GoPro series on the return to flying. If I decide to do so, I'll be sure to post it here. Not sure yet if I want to world to see what is left of my crosswind landing "technique". So much for casual. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post back here. I’ve also love to hear more about what others are doing and the process.

Blue Skies,
Tim

 

If you want to go GoPro, get the nFlightCam adapter.  It comes with a suction mount and a cable to tie it into the intercomm.  I have made a bunch of videos since I started flying again 2 years ago.

My story is similar.  I learned to fly in Ohio in a 7ECA in 1982.  I flew about 150 hours through 1984, moved to Colorado and flew another 10 hours out there through 1988 when I moved back to Ohio.  I pretty much stopped flying after that.  in 2013 I got a job in Northern Virginia while remaining an Ohio resident.  The 8 hour drive each way is a PIA and that is when I realized the potential from flying to save time.  It took until 2016 to get into a position where I could start again.  I had to get a special issuance medical, AOPA helped WRT that.  Then the flight training started.  The regs came back fast with some study.  The flying was not a problem, landings took a little work.

Renting was expensive and I found a flying club with a Warrior in Manassas in early 2017.  Then a spot opened in another flying club with a 182 later that year.  I realized early on that trying to go VFR to Ohio and back was pretty iffy, so I figured I had better get an IFR rating.  To go part 61 for the rating I had another problem.  My logbook was stolen in the 90s and I had not made a copy of it.  I had to rebuild it from the 8710 and from my medicals; however, I was back down to 10.4 hours of X/C needing 50 hours for the rating.  One flight back to Ohio from NOVA convinced me I needed the rating .  So, how to get another 40 hours of XC?  VA Aviation Ambassidors program.  Well 100 hours of XC later ...

I am about 1/2 way finished with the IFR training at this point.  I've flown 200+ hours in the last 2 years.  I have flown to Ohio 4 times, but it's hard to get good weather for a whole weekend.  One of those times was a stop in Ohio on the way to Oshkosh and another stop on the way back.  I should finish the IFR rating by the end of March.  I have the 182 reserved to go to Sun-n-Fun and I am planning to take the Warrior to Oshkosh with Cherokees 2 Oshkosh this summer.  Being instrument rated will make those flights and trips to Ohio a lot easier.  At this point I also plan to add commercial and CFI when I finish instrument.  I figure CFI would be a good retirement job and that is coming up soon.

So, hang in there and be safe.
Mike W

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Ron Hankins on Jun 27, 2019 4:31 pm

I too just recently started flying again after 11 years. I just got the flight review finished and I am now working on my IPC for IFR currency. Hang in there though it does seem to get easier after time.

Re: I'm finally starting my flight review!

Posted by Dan Hensley on Jul 2, 2019 4:59 pm

Congratulations on starting the journey again!  I did my initial flight training and got my Private certificate at KLAF in 1993.  I flew for a few years out in San Diego, and then had to hang it up because Life Happens.  I had all but given up on ever getting behind the controls again, but after getting the bug back pretty badly last fall, this year after 23 years of not flying, I am current again!

Here's what I did:  late last year I found free ground instruction at fly8ma.com, so I went through the whole course including quizzes.  The online course was quite good.  That took several months until April of this year.  I also attended the Rusty Pilots seminar back in around March.  I purchased the Gleim book for the written test prep and went through the whole book.  I kept thinking of all the excuses for why I shouldn't take the final step to call an instructor and start forking over cash, but finally in April I did it.  Two flights (2.5 hours total), and an hour or so of ground instruction later, and I got signed off on my flight review!  That went much faster than I anticipated.  The rust sure felt thick at first, but even on my first flight my instructor never took the controls, even for landing, so the flying skills came back much faster than I expected.  All of my many hours self-study for the months leading up to flying made the ground school portion go very smoothly and quickly.  Now that I'm back, I'm using my flying time to continue knocking off the rust:  practicing landings, stalls, steep turns, getting night current, etc.  Next step is to do some short cross-country flights.

Oh, I also spend a fair amount of time watching Youtube videos of other pilots so I can learn from them.  I also listen to ATC at my home airport (KBJC) through liveatc.net so I can continue to polish my communication.

As I was encouraged along the way, just go for it!