Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

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Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby jpleonard2000 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:52 pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is John. I'm a student sport pilot living in Albuquerque, NM. I've been doing my flight training in a Remos GX at Santa Fe Municipal airport and plan to take my practical exam in the next week or two. I got interested in aviation while working on my PhD in Wildlife Sciences. I was conducting a wildlife telemetry study and we often had to fly in a Cessna 172, with yagi antennas attached to the wing struts, to locate missing collars. I used the opportunity to learn some basic flight maneuvers and quickly got hooked.

I would really like to meet any other pilots in New Mexico. Like I said, I should have my sport pilot certificate in a few weeks.


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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby Scooper » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:37 pm

Welcome to Sport Pilot Talk, John. My sister and her family live in Albuquerque and I usually fly into Double Eagle II (AEG) once a year to visit since they live on the west side. It's kinda cool that you got interested in flying by tracking wildlife telemetry transmitters in a 172.

Keep everybody posted on your SP training progress at SAF.
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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby ShawnM » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:31 am

Hi John and welcome to the forum. As Stan stated that is very cool how you caught the aviation bug. Good luck on your exam and enjoy the journey. :mrgreen:

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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby rideandfly » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:56 pm


Welcome, I'm new here too! Have good memories of my first practical exam 40 years ago and confident it will be a pleasant experience for you, too. Please let us know when you get your Sport Pilot certificate!

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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby drseti » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:29 pm

John, as you get close to your practical test, you'll likely have questions on what to expect and how to prepare. I invite you to browse my SP DPE website, at:


to get an overview of the process. I'd say prepare, but don't over-prepare. Go into the practical rested and relaxed, and you'll do fine. Oh - and don't forget to have fun!
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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby RTK » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:51 pm

Welcome John! I trained in a Remos GX as well! I thought it was a good plane for training with benign characteristics. Looking forward to reading about your progress! Good luck with the exam!

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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby APS » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:58 pm

Hey John!

Tony Stout here... I'm a new sport pilot as of September of this year.

I learned to fly at Double Eagle Airport in a Weight Shift Trike.
Now, I am also at Santa Fe doing some transition training into an airplane. I am flying the Tecnam Sierra P2002.

I didn't even know the Remos is available! I would love to fly a high wing airplane.

Who is your CFI? Mine is Jean Luc Pous -- a good guy, he makes me laugh.

Anyhow, it would be great to meet you at some point in the future. I know many trike pilots in ABQ but have not yet met a single light sport airplane pilot. I've actually been hoping to find someone (or a few someones), that would like to consider partial ownership on an airplane to bring the costs down and also be able to afford something of a higher quality than I would be able to purchase on my own. If you know anyone, let me know!

Best Wishes, Tony

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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby jpleonard2000 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:07 pm

Thanks for all the responses and encouragement, everyone. I'm in a holding pattern (or very extended downwind) at the moment as I'm waiting for the DPE to find a time to do the oral and practical exams with me. I had the practical scheduled a couple of weeks ago but we had to cancel because of the weather. I'll keep everyone posted. I'll likely be switching to a Tecnam Sierra as the Remos GX that I trained with will no longer be available.



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Re: Student Sport Pilot in New Mexico

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:42 pm

Just remember you need two hours prep with your CFI within 2 calendar months of your flight test. If that gets out of date, you'll need to fly with your CFI to get back into compliance.
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