All of the training at PanAm is one-on-one. We have the opportunity to sit in the backseat of a training flight to observe it. We can pick up on how other students fly, how other instructors teach, see how the flows and checklists work, etc. It's a great (and free!) lesson. I've backseated on many flights and I wish I would have sat in on more.
If I want to backseat, I have to find 2 really skinny people, as I am 6'2" and weigh 230lbs.
I PASSED MY STAGE CHECK TODAY!
The pre-solo stage check consist's of an oral portion, and a flight portion. I spent about 45 minutes in the oral portion, which wasn't too hard, just A/C systems, student pilot limitations, airspace rules, preflight weight, balance, and weather.
The flight consisted of proper communications, slow flight, steep turns, s-turns, turns around a point, power on and off stalls, emergency procedures and landing, flying the pattern, and I did 4 touch & go's with a total of 5 landings.
So now I am set up for my first solo, probably coming up this Wednesday. I am a little nervous about it, so I just want to get it over with. Once I get past the first solo, I can finally relax.
One more week of ground school remaining. Stage test on Monday night which covers systems, weather, and the dreaded F.A.R.'s
I did it, my first solo ever. N5340J was the bird, a PA28-181. What an awsome experience. I was not nervous at all, well, maybe just a tad. My landings were great, I flew good patterns, and I sounded professional on the radio. I did 3 full stop landings and takeoffs, as my instructor watched from the ground. Afterward, I took a photo beside the airplane, and my instructor took photo's of me landing and taking off. It was a great experience, and feeling of accomplishment. I solo again tomorrow.
Yeah...I love the "O J" I was wondering whose bloody knife that was in the baggage compartment! I was a little dissappointed that they didn't cut off my shirt tail. I thought getting dunked in the pool was a KLM thing? I did get some nice photo's of the event.
I cant wait till I can get out to the practice area solo, that will be fun. But before that I have to start working on short/soft field landings and takeoffs. It wont be long though, at my pace I will be done with the PPL in another 3-4 weeks.
Now I have my ground school endorsement, and I am off to take the FAA written sometime this week. Ground wasn't really that hard, especially using the Gleim book. Now the flying really picks up. 2 flights a day, 5 days a week. Thursday I fly out to the practice area solo...
Piece of cake. It took me 40 minutes to answer 60 questions. I scored a 92%, I missed a couple of questions, but I passed. Now the testing is over and I can enjoy the flying. Off on another solo tomorrow morning...
Well, the solo flights to the practice area are over. Now on to the cross countries. I did my first cross country yesterday, and I have 2 more today, including my first night cross country. I will be up for stage check on Wednesday, then solo cross country.
Why do you have to spoil my fun? Why cant you read what MY experience is like here at Pan Am, and realize that not everyone will have a bad experience? Why dont you learn how to spell? Go buy a dictionary, and dont ruin my thread with any more of your post's. Everything I have written is exactly what has happened so far. And I will continue to write what happens here at Pan Am exactly the way it happens, GOOD OR BAD. So if you cant believe someone can have a good experince, then you are an immature little bratt, who has a lot of growing up to do.
Yeah keep the posts coming Turk (and Dak!) Pan Am is still no1 on my list for lots of reasons. I've read the good and the bad and the good outweighs the bad by a lot in my opinion. And I'm very interested to see how you two are doing, even though I want to attend the Phoenix campus. I have spoken to someone nearing completion there and he hasn't encountered many problems. I think the rule of a person with a good experience tells 3 people and one with a bad experience tells 10! I think the negativities have been blown way out of portion! Of course the people who feel badly about Pan Am want to get back at them by ruining their reputation as much as possible, whereas the people who have done fine at Pan Am aren’t posting anything, why would they? If they got a regional job why should they tell you? (Yes I know it's a nice thing to do)
And E6Bjock if you have bad things to say about Pan Am, say them in the disgruntled forum or create your own, but not here please. (And yes I will read it)
Definitely keep the post coming Turk. I'm going to my FBO to do my training and you started about 3 weeks before me so I'm very interested to see how you are making progress so I can compare it to myself