Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
Yesterday (Thursday, 3/30) was the big day... At 12:30pm, EST, I entered the office of Mitch Grundman for my Instrument Rating checkride. The oral went very smoothly, and we took to the air. 2.5 hours later, after completing a hold at the Boiler VORTAC, a GPS approach, a partial panel VOR-A, an ILS, steep turns, and an unusual attitude recovery, I parked the aircraft and heard the glorious phrase, "You passed." While it wasn't a perfect flight (especially trying to get onto an assigned radial to track inbound before beginning the VOR-A with no HSI), the flight wasn't too bad and was, most importantly, passable. Today I started my commercial training in the Arrow, flying maneuvers that, until now, I had only flown in the Cadet. The plan is to fly three, maybe four more times, then take my commercial checkride. It all happens so fast... In one semester I will have gone from Private Pilot ASEL to PP ASEL, IRA, with a complex endorsement, a high performance endorsement, and an instrument ground instructor certificate (which I got last month). Add on another month and a half, and I'll have my CFI/CFII, too. I love collegiate flying!
Pbb152 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 604 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1149 times:
Let me also offer my congratulations! As you can probably tell by my username, I am also in flight training. I am flying Cessna 152's out of Ellington Field in Houston. I just started 2 months ago and have my stage 1 checkride coming up in about 2 weeks. Good luck to you on your CFI and CFII. What do you plan to do in the future----are you going to apply at an airline, or do you plan to fly business jets?
P.S.--Too bad about Purdue's loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament last week!
Pilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1152 times:
Congradulations, Mike! Keep it up! I'm slightly jealous of you, but I'll get there...
I have yet to retake my PPL, but I know that I should not rush it. The bad part is that when I do retake my PPL exam, I have to retake the entire test all over again (to include the oral exam). Oh well... time to hit the books. I'm retaking it again with Larry Gross (the department head of aviation at Purdue). He's agreed to work with me until I pass, which I consider a good thing.
I think I'm retaking it within the next two to three weeks... I'll let you folks know what happens.
Again, Mike congradulations! I buy you a beer, if I was 21!
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3505 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1131 times:
You are on your way to a successful career as a professional pilot. In a few years from now, I will see you in the first officer's seat of an American 737-800. Who knows? We both like American Airlines, that's what I always fly and if you keep persisting you'll make it. If flying for an airline is what your dream really is, you can make it become reality! You have all the possibilities in front of you. You seem to be very motivated.