|Private – Single Engine Sea
Location – Kenmore Air Harbor
Flying Club – Kenmore Air
Costs – 1695 + CheckRide
Plane (s) – Super Cub
Instructor – Erin & (Need to remember the other Instructor Name)
My Experience – This was the most fun rating ever. Landing on water is a great experience. Especially, the beautiful northwest provides a lot of beautiful opportunities to learn and land a seaplane. Its just amazing.
Things to do – Use it as a BFR opportunity and enjoy it completly.
Things to avoid – Don’t ignore common sense. This rating is about using the nature cues and wind.
Location – KPAE
Instructor – Skyler Metcalf
My Experience – Nice and controllable plane. Once I started flying Mooneys; I had a very hard time understanding why other planes don’t control this well. Easy to land and handle cross winds. Just know your speeds & numbers.
Things to do – Fly by the book & Numbers. I will post some detailed reviews about various steps in the flight.
Things to avoid – Descend too late and try fast landings.
Location – KRNT
Flying Club – Boeing Employees Flying Club
Instructor – Fred Bahr
My Experience – A step towards aerobatics. This plane flies like you are with it. Great plane to really develop a feel for it. It took me sometime to nail down wheel landings. But once you get them down and have practice. Its not too bad. A great starting aerobatic platform.
Things to do – Use the rudder and keep directional control.
|Commercial – SEL
Location – KPAE
Flying Club – Regal Air
Costs – Did not keep a record
Plane (s) – Mooney
Instructor – Brian Welt
My Experience – I consider this as a major step to learn a plane better and improve proficiency and knowledge of the real life maneouvers. For instance; power off landing is real potential and possibility and knowing the limits of the plane really helps. I highly recomend this rating to anyone in their aviation career.
Things to do – Learn the maneouver very well and have fun.
Things to avoid – Don’t focus on the instruments like your IFR rating.
|Commercial – MEL
Location – Arlington Municipal Airport (Arlington, TX)
Flying Club – Multi Engine Ratings
Costs – 1395 + Examiner + Living Expenses
Plane (s) – Beech Travel Air
Instructor – Glenn Evans
My Experience – Well, this gets me ready to make some real money in aviation:) So it was a great achievement. But overall, this place in Texas was a great place to learn and complete the rating in the defined time. I also got lucky because I got nice weather in Dallas when it was rainy and snowy in Seattle.
Things to do – Known the checklists. This a real complex plane and knowing the maneouvers and keeping calm is important.
Things to avoid – Don’t panic; fly the plane and execute on the checklists with +ve control.
I am a Commercial Pilot with a passion for Aviation. I love everything related to flying. This website is to share my trips, reviews, tips and diaries. Please feel free to use it as a resource and drop me a line with any type of feedback. I will try to keep this place updated with new things I learn and new places I visit.
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Ratings and Milestones
Single Engine Land
Multi Engine Land
Private Pilot Priveliges
Single Engine Sea
Currently working towards CFI
|Single Engine Land||Multi Engine Land||Single Engine Sea|
|American Champion||Citabria (7KCAB, 7KCEA)||–||–|
|BeechCraft||Bonanza, Sierra||Travel Air, Duchess||–|
|Cessna||150, 172, 182, 182RG, 210||–||172XP|
|Piper||Archer, Arrow, Warrior I, Warrior II||Seneca I||Super Cub|
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