Instrument Rating


Private – IFR Rating

Location – KRNT

Flying Club – Boeing Employees Flying Club

Costs – A little over 10 k

Plane (s) – Cessna 172 (Various 172 trims)

Instructor – Jack Yager; Howard Wolvington

My Experience – This was by far the most difficult rating. I think that I also underestimated the amount of work required. Seattle weather is perfect for opportunities to fly in real instrument weather and fly often. It took me longer then I expected it to be 🙁 But neverthless a very rewarding experience.

Things to do – Get a good ground school course; Get Familiar with the GPS and don’t just focus on the instruments 🙂

Things to avoid – Jumping to the end too early. I encourage accelarated training but not rushed training.

Private Pilot – Single Engine Sea


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.

Other Checkouts


Mooney

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.

Citabria

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 Engine – SEL


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 Engine – Multi Engine Land


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.

Aviation Milestones

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

Commercial Pilot

Single Engine Land

Multi Engine Land

Instrument

Private Pilot Priveliges

Single Engine Sea

Other Endorsements

High Performance

Complex

TailWheel

Currently working towards CFI

Planes Flown

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
Mooney M20C
Piper Archer, Arrow, Warrior I, Warrior II Seneca I Super Cub