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SPC #41 – The Anonymous CFI
Hello, everyone. This is episode 40 of the Student Pilot Cast, The Anonymous CFI. This is a bit more brief than most episodes because I never got permission from the CFI I flew with this day to publish the content, so I’m sorry to say that any cockpit audio with the CFIs voice or instruction is not included in the episode…and of course I don’t say who it is. It’s the anonymous CFI episode, of course. Not to worry, though…this is the only time I flew with this particular instructor, so should be the only time this happens. In the future, for any future training I do, I will try to get permission. Apologies.
That said, in this episode I get to do some practice maneuvers, including shorts and softs, steep turns, hood work, minimum controllable airspeed, and both power on and off stalls. It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. I’ve said before that I liked flying with different instructors because it kept me on my toes, as well as always taught me something since everyone has a different style.
I hope you enjoy this one. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know what you’re doing in aviation.
SPC #40 – Long Solo Cross Country, Part II (The Two Hander) [Updated]
Look! Less than a week and another episode! This is my return flight on my long solo cross country flight from Prescott (KPRC) to Chandler (KCHD) via Wickenburg (E25). I transition a bit of the southern portion of the PHX Class B airspace as well.
This was a great flight. I made a few mistakes that were good learning experiences, but most of all I was happy to be back in the cockpit alone to enjoy some real flying. I got to fly in both busy airspace as well as pretty remote, uncrowded airspace.
For the first leg of this flight, see Episode #39 of the podcast.
Thanks for listening. Don't forget to let me know what you're doing in aviation, what you're learning, and of course give me feedback on the podcast. You can send me email, use the contact link on the website (http://studentpilotcast.com/contact/), or find me on Twitter at @billwil. Thanks for listening, everyone. I hope to hear from you, and I hope you're enjoying the podcast.
This is the corrected link to the media file (the original publication had the wrong media file linked-it was linked to an older episode).
SPC #39 – Long Solo Cross Country, Part I (Say Request…Denied)
I’m back releasing podcast after my much too long hiatus. Sorry for the delay, everyone.
This is the first part of my long solo cross country flight which followed my stage III check. I fly from Chandler (KCHD) west and north through the PHX class B airspace, and then on to the busy Prescott (KPRC) airport, which is home of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Remember, you can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/billwil. I hope you enjoy the episode. Please send feedback.
SPC #038 – Thank You Sir, May I Have Another
Welcome back, SPC listeners. I’m glad to be back with you for another experience on my road to becoming a private pilot. Today you’ll be coming along as I complete my 3rd stage check out of four. As you know from my previous few episodes, I’d been preparing for this. As I also have mentioned before, I had spent the previous 4 days training for this stage check, including a makeup solo the morning of this check which you can hear all about in episode 37. So finally here we are, ready to get passed off to one of the chief pilots to make sure I’m ready to enter the fourth and final stage of my training.
SPC #037-Windy Solo Makeup Flight
This is episode 37 of the Student Pilot Cast. Join me as I take a solo makup flight in some windy conditions the morning of my Stage III Check. In this flight I stay in the pattern and practice performance landings and takeoffs. As the flight went on, the wind kept getting worse and worse to the point that I ended up landing in a crosswind that was close to the max demonstrated crosswind component of the aircraft. Fun stuff.
Don’t forget to check out Air Freddy’s Learning to Fly Guide. Air Freddy is a very experienced CFI who has writtend a great guide to getting started in the flight training game. I’ve read the book and wished that I would have known about it before I started…so I’m passing it along to you if you’re interested. By using the link I’m providing here the Student Pilot Cast will get the referral credit, so please do use this link. 🙂
Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy this episode.
SPC #036-Podapalooza 2010 from Oshkosh
It's that time again...now that we're home from Oshkosh, it's time to share this year's edition of Podapalooza. This was recorded live on EAA Radio on Friday, July 30th, 2010. Enjoy.
Listening to this as a potential Pilot has kept me motivated to getting my PPL someday.
Even though not finished well worth it
Even though the student pilot did not finish the podcast before getting his license there is a ton of great info in here for low time and student pilots.
Thanks for sharing this helpful info