Yesterday was a ground school day. We covered aircraft systems, required documents, required equipment and did a quick review of aerodynamics. I haven’t said much about how I am studying for the written. I guess this is a good time to bring it up.
The main books that Waukegan Wings uses are the Airplane Flying Handbook, the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, the FAR/AIM (I have the ASA version), the Cessna 172R Pilot’s Operating Handbook and the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards. I also have, and use, William Kershner’s The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual, Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook and Private Pilot Workbook, Gliem’s Private Pilot Knowledge Test, ASA’s Private Oral Exam Guide, the FAA advisory circulors Aviation Weather and Aviation Weather Services. In addition to the reading material, I have the SPorty’s Private Pilot Flight Training DVD set. I supplement these resources with the Internet and aviation magazines. I try to do some reading every night and, so far, am keeping up without any problem. It helps that I really enjoy the reading and so, don’t get bored with it.
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Yes, it took a bit more study then I had anticipated. I also decided to keep a dedicated column on my expense spreadsheet for ‘Publications’…also those books and DVD’s add up.
55?……..Harumph!, You young whippersnapper!
I’m 66, and I soloed last December for the first time in 43 years! (Honest to God), and Boy! was I nervous.
I read the story in the latest edition of AOPA Pilot magazine that was titled “Success Story”, by Ned Markey, congratulating his Dad for getting his private ticket after 26 years between flights. That makes me wonder if I have set some kinda record?
Anyway; A couple of weeks ago I bought an IFR certified Cessna 150, and will persue my IFR rating just as soon as I can accumulate the requisite 50 hours x-country time.(Assuming that I can ever learn to program this damn Garmin 196)….:-)
I’ll be reading your blog, and about your progress….Hang in there.
I admire your organization Dave. Personally, I’m not sure I want to know what all those incidentals are adding up to 😉
Welcome Billy! Maybe you should write your own story for publication. I know that I would like to read it. Congratulations on the purchase and keep us informed about how the rating is going. Better yet, why not start a blog of your own?