2110 Flying Skills

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Flying Skills

1. AT 14500
In this course I learned by far the most knowledge in my aviation career. I had an instructor who helped me (someone with no aviation background) to become a private pilot in several months. This took many bike rides out to the airport for ground lesson after ground lesson and flight after flight. At the end of this course I thought I had obtained a lot of information but my training had just begun.

2. AT 24300
In this course I was able to really start perfecting landings with the help of a new instructor. I didn’t learn as much on the ground, because of my first instructor, but I exponentially developed on the radios and in cockpit in this course. I was also introduced into performing commercial maneuvers and expanded
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AT 21000
This was my first simulator course and I had the motivation to be the first one done. I didn’t have an instructor so I searched and found one. With that, we met almost every day and I really started to get familiar with instrument flying and how to keep a good scan in the cockpit. This helped to prepare me for the next simulator course.

5. AT 21100
This course I really started to perfect my scan and aviating skills. During this course there are many failures thrown your way and it is important to react accordingly and make a subtle and correct decision that can safely complete the flight under different pressures. These failures required me to really stay ahead of the plane and focus/trust my instruments.

6. AT 25300
This was a huge course for me when it came to the amount of knowledge I obtained. I learned so many new things about the instrument flying world that I didn’t even know existed. Along with this, I flew a complex airplane for the first time. This taught me to always do a Gas, Undercarriage, Mixture, Prop, Seatbelt check (GUMPS). I also obtained a high performance rating in the schools Cirrus SR22.

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AT 39500
This course did everything and more to prepare for flying the Phenom. This simulator course was very realistic in the sense of understanding how airplanes prepare for departures, enroute flying, and arrivals. I was introduced to Standard Instrument Departures (SID) and Standard Arrivals (STAR). This was something I have never done before. I also learned how to work with a crew and how to delegate tasks to alleviate problems in the cockpit when unexpected events occurred.

9. AT 39600
I really enjoyed this course and it put all my hard work and training in the sim to actual real-life experience. In Phenom flight I learned how to do an emergency descent simulating a cabin altitude high failure at 16,000 feet. I also was able to fly from Huntington, West Virginia to Lafayette as pilot monitoring and Lafayette to Norfolk, Virginia as pilot flying. These experiences were surreal and made me feel like an actual airline pilot at FL360.

10. Spin Training
Spin training for my CFI endorsement was very fun and exhilarating considering I had never been in a spin before. I learned how to effectively get out of a spin situation that I could possibly get into by myself or with a student.

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