Hello from Chicago

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chicagorandy
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Hello from Chicago

Postby chicagorandy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:13 am

I'm 68, retired, been in the EAA for over 20 yrs, worked AirVenture as a Tram conductor since 2004 and up until two days ago had NEVER been up in any sort of small airplane. Army helicopters in Vietnam? Yes. Commercial aircraft? Yes. But small planes? Not once.

I was out on a glorious weather motorcycle ride Saturday and pure chance and a Rte 52 detour put me riding right past Cushing Field, a grass strip airport near Sheridan, IL. I saw a sign that said Sport Pilot training and pulled in to check it out. I ended up spending a couple hours there just chatting with a few folks and watching their instructors/students take off and land their two Evektor Sport planes.

Call it serendipity or the fates, but it came to me to finally take the leap and I bought a Discovery Flight right then and there. It was terrifyingly terrific, info and sensory overload kept me trying to catch up to the plane, but I managed to remain calm enough to do the takeoff, ascent and in general flit about the clear blue skies under the adept guidance of my instructor Jake. I brought us back down from 3000' and did part of the downwind leg and he of course ably landed the very fine airplane.

Suffice it to say that I am now hooked and will explore how to gather enough $$$ over the next months to pay for the complete training package as a Sport Pilot. I don't want to even start until I am financially secure to finish and a little beyond.

That's my into - I'll now start reading all the posts on this new-to-me forum - lol
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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby 3Dreaming » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:44 am

Good luck with your endeavor.

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joey4420
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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby joey4420 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:02 am

Welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of flying. My sport pilot ticket cost me around $6500 if I recall correctly not including the headset I spent a lot on (Clarity Aloft with Bluetooth option). I also did my ground school online which I am sure saved me some money as well. Might not be a bad idea to do this and have it done before you start training, and take the written test.
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chicagorandy
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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby chicagorandy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:31 am

I saw some Gleim boxed Sport Pilot kits at the airport and know that they are carried at Amazon - I was planning on doing some sort of 'online' ground school and passing the FAA written before starting flight training.

Amazon carries the Gleim product which I think I'll use for my at-home ground school.

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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby HAPPYDAN » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:04 pm

Sporty's online course is highly recommended, and it's the one EAA Sport Pilot Academy uses. Good Luck with whatever you decide to do. So were you the guy with "CAUTION - WAKE TURBULENCE" sign on the back of the tram?

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joey4420
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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby joey4420 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:50 pm

I used sporty's online course and passed my written first time.
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tevbax
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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby tevbax » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:35 am

Welcome! I'm just about to do my check ride up in Racine (KRAC). I used the gleim books and online practice tests and really liked them. I would also recommend picking up the pts https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/media/faa-s-8081-29.pdf or get the hard copy from Amazon.

Enjoy it, its a ton of fun!

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Re: Hello from Chicago

Postby Jim Hardin » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:47 pm

Keep us up to date on your progress and of course if you have any questions or want a second opinion on anything, this is the place :D


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