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First flight

Postby Atrosa » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:21 pm

So the time has come. I'm starting flight training this week. My question is I've never been in a small plane so my first lesson should be how long? 30 minutes? 1 hour? Suggestions please.
Tony

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Re: First flight

Postby Dave C » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:38 pm

Most of my lessons were about 1 hour. Get up there and see how it goes!

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Re: First flight

Postby Scooper » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:24 pm

An hour unless something terrifies you or you get motion sick. :wink:

Just kidding. You'll love it from the moment the wheels leave the ground.
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Re: First flight

Postby nub_pilot » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:27 pm

Glad to hear that you are starting your training. Did you find a plane to use for training or did you end up buying? I have heard that Windham might be coming into one for training in March time frame.

Either way, have a great time and soak up all you can learn. BTW, my discovery flight was about 75 mins.

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Re: First flight

Postby designrs » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:23 pm

Atrosa wrote:So the time has come. I'm starting flight training this week. My question is I've never been in a small plane so my first lesson should be how long? 30 minutes? 1 hour? Suggestions please.
Tony


Alright Tony! Such a special time. Just go with the flow of the program and your instructor. CFI’s have done this many times. Enjoy!
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Re: First flight

Postby drseti » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:45 pm

Glad you pulled the trigger, Tony. Before you go, you might care to watch my webinar "First Flight, No Fright." Video online at http://avsport.org/webinars/videos/firstflt.mp4
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Re: First flight

Postby 3Dreaming » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:52 pm

It will depend on you. As an instructor normal lessons are about 1 hour, but the I normally make the first lesson a little shorter. I use it to evaluate the students personal characteristics, try to get the student to relax a little bit, and develop a personalized training plan for the student.

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Re: First flight

Postby Atrosa » Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:38 pm

Spoke with a AME and my 3rd class will not be an issue. So I've dedided to rent a 172 for my instruction because as ugly as I think they are it is only 6 miles from my work. I can take long lunches so that means i can train up to 5 days a week so Wx won't interupt my progress. I will still by something buy now i can train while looking for the right deal.

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Re: First flight

Postby AviatorCrafty » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:18 pm

Atrosa wrote:Spoke with a AME and my 3rd class will not be an issue. So I've dedided to rent a 172 for my instruction because as ugly as I think they are it is only 6 miles from my work. I can take long lunches so that means i can train up to 5 days a week so Wx won't interupt my progress. I will still by something buy now i can train while looking for the right deal.


First time I've heard someone call a 172 "ugly". But yeah the first flight is a ton of fun and I remember mine very vividly, I had a lot of experience with flight simulators and actually landed un-assisted, my instructor said I'd be an easy student, 38 hours later I was a sport pilot. Good luck but most importantly have fun too!
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Re: First flight

Postby Wm.Ince » Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:29 pm

3Dreaming wrote:It will depend on you. As an instructor normal lessons are about 1 hour, but the I normally make the first lesson a little shorter. I use it to evaluate the students personal characteristics, try to get the student to relax a little bit, and develop a personalized training plan for the student.

Excellent approach! :D
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Re: First flight

Postby Atrosa » Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:17 am

Total bummer. Wx was perfect, N5169E was not. There was an issue with the nose gear. It was shaking and shimmying went taxiing. Rescheduled for Monday.

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Re: First flight

Postby Warmi » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:55 am

AviatorCrafty wrote:
Atrosa wrote:Spoke with a AME and my 3rd class will not be an issue. So I've dedided to rent a 172 for my instruction because as ugly as I think they are it is only 6 miles from my work. I can take long lunches so that means i can train up to 5 days a week so Wx won't interupt my progress. I will still by something buy now i can train while looking for the right deal.


First time I've heard someone call a 172 "ugly". But yeah the first flight is a ton of fun and I remember mine very vividly, I had a lot of experience with flight simulators and actually landed un-assisted, my instructor said I'd be an easy student, 38 hours later I was a sport pilot. Good luck but most importantly have fun too!


To me personally most Cessnas are pretty darn ugly - they look like boats with wings....
Ironically...Skycatcher is one of their planes I actually find attractive as far as pure looks ( of course there are other Cessnas that are quite nice looking like 310 etc but that’s another story )
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Re: First flight

Postby Atrosa » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:15 pm

My fav cessna is the ttx 240. Gorgeous.

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Re: First flight

Postby FastEddieB » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:53 pm

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Re: First flight

Postby Atrosa » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:12 pm

Ok lets try this again. Planning on going up in N5212K at 1200 tomorrow. Winds are 270@7kt g10. Rw21 is only 2200. Cfi will have to land it. We will go practice somewhere bigger like kmmk. Wish me luck.


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