March 17, 2015: Oh, that's TOMORROW?
March 18, 2015: The Checkride
I went through my preflight checks without deviating from the checklist, Colonel Peters was watching my every move. On a side note, I never deviate from checklists, even if I have them memorized. Checklists NEVER forgot and could very easily be the difference between life and death. Complacency kills more people in aviation then you would imagine, doing things by the book is truly the only way to fly. We got in; I started up the airplane and got the ATIS report. We then took off on our simulated cross country. Everything went great. Next objective, maneuvers. They all went well until I busted on steep turns. "Well, we can go back and land or keep going." I said, let's keep going! We finished maneuvers and went back to the airport and finished up with various types of takeoffs and landings. I passed everything else.
That evening I practiced steep turns with Brenda and was confident I had them down.
March 19, 2o15: I'm a pilot
Before I got my license I knew I would have a lot of people to thank for their help and support... Ironically I didn't foresee myself thanking the examiner; however, I can't not thank mine. Colonel Peters, thank for making my checkride a fun experience filled with learning. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to fly with one of the best. I also want to extend my thanks to my parents for always supporting me. I want to thank whatever store my mom bought wine from to stay relaxed when I would venture off on solo cross country flights. Also, Brenda, my instructor, and her husband, Ernie.... You guys are the best. A huge thank you to everyone that helped me study and prepare for this day. Also, a huge thank you to all of my friends out there in the aviation community for all of your support. I'm proud to be in such an amazing industry with such incredible people.
Until next time!
Blue Skies and Tail Winds,
FAA Licensed Private Pilot