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December 18, 2003
Here's a picture of me after I'd passed my Practical Test! Notice that it's the same plane the I first soloed in 18 years prior.
November 22, 2003
Finally, got into the air today. Liz and I went to Penn Yann (PEO) and back. It was a beautiful day to fly. This was actually the first time I've exercised my privilege as Private Pilot and flew somebody someplace. Since she is taking her lessons, I showed her a little about pilotage and dead reckoning. Flying over the Finger Lakes, it's kind of difficult to get lost. We saw a huge house fire on the shore of one of the lakes. It was sad to see and we felt bad for the unfortunate souls that had to suffer through losing their house. I only hope that everyone got out.
I've updated the logbook with the event. 2.5 additional hours towards the 50 needed before I can take the Instrument Test.
November 14, 2003
Wednesday evening my wife and I went to the meeting of the Buffalo chapter of the EAA, (chapter 46). I had joined the EAA last year and attended one meeting way before I'd decided to build the RV. I would highly recommend anyone attempting to build their own airplane to join the EAA and attend local meetings. It's always nice to get together with like-minded people to commiserate. There are two people in our chapter that have built RV's. One is a 747 pilot who flies the great circle route to the orient! I'm looking forward to the next meeting (which happens to be the Christmas party!).
October 27, 2003
My dad found this picture of his mother standing next to a Curtis Jenny so I told him I would post it.
October 18, 2003
Went to Royalton Airport today and Greg check me out in the Skyhawk. Today was rather bumpy with a fairly good crosswind, Got checked out OK and signed off.
Updated the logbook. It's nice to start including PIC time!
October 13, 2003
Had a party yesterday to celebrate my getting my pilots license. My parents gave me this really nice card. My Dad drew the picture on the front.
The picture on the inside is of my brother and me taken in the summer of 1956!
October 10, 2003
I passed the practical test yesterday and now I've joined the ranks of Private Pilot! It only took 10 hours!
Updated the logbook
October 9, 2003
I PASSED! I'm a pilot!
I'm tired. I'll update this tomorrow.
October 8, 2003
The day before my big test. I went flying today to practice slips and various other maneuvers to get ready for tomorrow. I had quite a busy day! I started out by in the direction of my cross-country just to get an idea of the landmarks. Once I was sure of that, I went over to Genesee Country (GVQ) to practice some slips and short/soft field, etc. It was very gusty today so all landing were quite difficult to say the least. That, compounded with the fact that there were at times 3 other aircraft (one a helicopter) in the pattern with me made for some very interesting pattern work. I did one go-around while I was there. After that I climbed to 3500 MSL (about 2900 AGL) and did some power-on/power-off stalls. I then did an emergency spiral descent to about 800 AGL where I set up for some S-turns. Then it was back to Royalton (9G5) where the wind had picked up considerably, I made a normal crosswind landing (well, I only used 20 deg flaps and maintained a slightly higher airspeed due to the gusty conditions).
Tomorrow the forecast looks excellent for my test. Winds are forecast at 5 MPH right down the runway. I can't believe how apprehensive I am.
Oh, yeah. I've updated my logbook.
October 4, 2003
Brian from the airport called me this morning and told me my practical test was scheduled for Thursday, October 9th! I also didn't get to fly today. 15-20 knot winds gusting to 26 with light rain. So I've rescheduled my slip practice session for Wednesday.
October 1, 2003
Took the "Practice" practical test today. The airport that I am flying out of (Royalton, 9G5) likes to take their students out for a practice test before you take the real thing. I guess I did pretty well because they are scheduling me for the real thing next week. I felt pretty good except for the forward slip to a landing which I could have done better. I am going to go back out with my instructor and practice a few more forward slips before I take the test.
The weather's been just terrible around western New York lately. The NWS just came out today and said that we are going to get snow in the higher elevations. <good grief>
Anyway, I've updated my logbook.
September 29, 2003
Scheduled my practice practical test for Wednesday, October 1st. I hope the weather is good but right now, it doesn't seem like it will be.
September 27, 2003
Today I took some ground instruction from my flight instructor in preparation for the practical test. It was a very good session and I feel (almost) completely ready for the oral part of the practical test. The next step is to schedule a practice test with one of the other instructors at Royalton (9G5). I will be doing that early next week.
September 24, 2003
I practiced turns around a point and did some Short/Soft field take offs and landings. I also did one go-around. At Royalton airport you get to be pretty good at go-around's due to the local deer population. They are completely unaware of the rules concerning runway incursions.
I still need to meet with my instructor on Saturday to go over the oral portion of the flight test. He will then sign me off to take the practical test. I've scheduled a practice test with one of the other instructors from the airport. Once I take that, I'll schedule the real thing.
September 22, 2003
Took my last flying lesson yesterday. I've updated my logbook. Next step is to schedule the practical test.
September 19, 2003
September 13, 2003
August 10, 2003
I started getting my pilot's license in 1985 and as of today I still don't have it. I am CLOSE however, and if you take a look at my logbook you may find that I've actually received it but haven't updated this page with the news yet.
You can contact me at bill at kane-king.com. Make sure you replace the word at with the familiar @ sign.
December 8, 2003
Lizzie went flying again and took off unassisted. Way To Go Liz! Updated the logbook
November 13, 2003
Lizzie went flying again yesterday, She says that she's much better at taxiing that last time. Updated her logbook
November 9, 2003
Lizzie started her flying lessons last week! I've included a link to her logbook so you can check on her progress.
My wife Lizzie will be starting on her license some time the year. She wants to get her license so that when we fly together, she can land the plane if she has to.
You can contact her at lizzie at kane-king.com. Again make sure you replace the word at with the familiar @ sign.
For problems or questions regarding this web contact bill at kane-king.com. Be
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