Greg Dean wrote:Congratulations, Jarrod! Now YOU get to annoy the fuel boy at your local Airport.
Hey, the fuel boy is 75 cents a gallon more expensive! That's $5-$10 more per hour (higher earlier on, as I won't be flying at peak efficiency). That's lunch for the instructor at Palm Springs when doing cross-countries.
Remember once you're done, though - planes ain't nearly as expensive to buy as they seem
Well, no, Cessnas aren't. But then there's what I can afford, and what I want
Seriously, owning one outright is still a bit pricey. Joining a (smallish) club and going in for joint ownership is more likely at the start.
Lucksi wrote:Ahh, good old american hypocrisy.
Uh, yeah. I'm an American. We have the bomb. Duh.
Lucksi wrote:You think playing Microsoft Flight Simulator would be enough training? If so, then I dare you to prove it.
Actually, the flight instructors have no problems with student pilots using Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane. Some of the skills learned in there do apply to real flying, particularly navigational skills, or learning to use the avionics. On top of that, MSFS comes with lessons by Rob Machado, a well-known, well-respected flight instructor who for years has written textbooks on learning to fly. It's also a lot safer to experience spins in a simulator than to experience them in real life.
However, the FAA doesn't consider these flight hours, so I can't put them in the log book.
ampersand wrote:Okay, I didn't know you had to have a license to fly a glider or operate a hot air balloon, the non-blimp variety.
Chances are, if you can be a nuisance, you need a license to do it.
One of the coolest little java applications they have there is a flight path tool that makes a customized forecast based on your flight path and gives you a vertical forecast of the weather you might encounter (wind speeds, vfr/mvfr/ifr conditions, and so on).
That might be awesome if I can figure out where it is. Do you have a more specific link?
You going to be keeping us up on your progress?
Absolutely. Some of you guys are gonna hate all manner of flight by the time I'm done, especially since we all thought this was hilarious
and started talking about who among our friends was to be first.
ampersand wrote:Whenever you get your pilot's license, how much would you charge to take people to the Outer Shores?
That would be about zero dollars.
Seriously, short of having a commercial certificate, it's illegal for me to pay less than a pro rata
share of actual costs (it's in the federal air regulations). Would I get caught if it's between friends? Probably not. Is it worth losing my license over? No way. I may eventually go far enough to allow people to cover my costs, but I have my instrument rating to get even before commercial rating.
One of the ground instructors told a story of a pilot with about a hundred hours total who was getting ready to fly some friends up to Big Bear (a local mountain resort) to take advantage of some free hours courtesy of his friends. To make a long story short, after a guy from the FAA asked to see his license and medical (with which he complied), he thought better of it and canceled the flight. As he was leaving, he saw the same guy from the FAA at the end of the runway with a camera. The pilot may well have saved his license by doing that.
But if you want to split the costs evenly, sure, I'd fly you out there.
If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.