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02-23-2011, 03:39 AM #111
03-07-2011, 05:43 PM #112Junior Member
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Do not think that you have to learn under a Class C airspace and/or with a towered field. Radio work can always come later--right now, learn your stick/rudder skills, your CRM skills, your ground school, and start getting quality hours in your logbook.
Check out Claremont County, maybe. I don't know anything about it other than A) It's where Sporty's is located, B) Easy access, both by air and by car, C) no tower to deal with, D) well maintained facility.
Again, and I can't emphasize this enough, do NOT feel obligated or pressured to go with "certified flight schools." In my opinion, those are a huge waste of money--because their job is to make money, and they can do that even if they don't make pilots.
Best instructor you'll ever find will be some gray-haired retired military or airline aviator who sits in his lawn chair in front of his hangar in the afternoons talking with other gray-haired retired aviators. Those guys have seen it all, done it all, and more than once.
What's more, they're TRUE aviators who love airplanes and aviation and want to see more young people follow in their passion.
Go for it.
03-07-2011, 06:00 PM #113
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03-28-2011, 06:45 PM #114Junior Member
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- Mar 2011
Currently working on my PPL, going all the way to commercial. Learning on one of the most unique strips in the US, WV12 - Mallory. It's 2000x24 feet, Mountain on the right side, and a dog leg at the end of the runway. One of the instructors here has the most hours this side of the Mississippi, 41,000+. Great group of people with tons of experience. My father was a pilot and business partner in a local charter, and I'm looking to go down the same route, or corporate.
YouTube - Landing WV12 Mallory Airport, South Charleston, WV
05-28-2011, 09:28 PM #115
Working on my private pilot's. My dad and my brother have their PPLs, and are working on their instruments. My uncle's got his PPL, instrument, and multi-engine. Our whole family flies GA.
I like to think we've got a good sized small fleet...
07-08-2011, 05:20 AM #116
Currently working on my helicopter PPL and looking to go through to Commercial and CFI. I'm at 12.5 hours and my instructor said I'd be good for a solo flight before 20 hours! A couple more weeks !!!Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year
07-08-2011, 01:20 PM #117
If helicopter lessons cost the same as an airplane, I would probably have chosen the helicopter haha.
That's awesome. What kind of chopper are you in? R44?
07-08-2011, 11:33 PM #118
07-08-2011, 11:44 PM #119
I have the RC version! Way cool man!
07-13-2011, 04:10 AM #120Junior Member
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- Jan 2011
- wherever the AF sends me
Air Force, transitioning from C-12s to MC-130Hs