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Old 06-24-2008, 09:33 PM   #121 (permalink)
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agl wouldn't do you much good so I am gussing msl
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:47 PM   #122 (permalink)
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that was a much faster response then I thought haha!

Well I was about to answer myself... yeah its MSL

I used a book!!!
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:02 PM   #123 (permalink)
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In general cloud tops are in MSL and cloud bases are in AGL.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:18 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Ten days isn't that big a deal. There are a lot of cities that have weather issues for that long.

About crosswinds in small airplanes, a crab/smooth transition is smoother than a radical kick. We had a student at our local airport beak a rudder cable by being too aggressive.

Also, beware, if you over or under control the airplane, and prang it. The Feds look at weather first. I understand that demonstrated crosswind components are not necessarily limitations, but if the airplane has exceeded the component, you could get a violation careless and reckless operation...not good.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:35 PM   #125 (permalink)
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I have a new question to "ask the instructor/experienced pilot."

I've been enjoying watching some videos on YouTube, of takeoffs, landings, stall/recoveries, and solo flights. I wondered immediately though...how is it that a student pilot can videotape himself and operate an airplane, alone, at the same time? Are there cameras in most training aircraft? If the student's instructor had known the student was using a handheld video camera while soloing, would they have put the kabosh on it? Sorry for the lame question - I'm just curious!
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:47 PM   #126 (permalink)
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how is it that a student pilot can videotape himself and operate an airplane, alone, at the same time? Are there cameras in most training aircraft?
Usually you need both hands to fly. One on the Yoke, one on the throttle(s) - especially during takeoff and landing.

So most people (if flying solo) attach the camera to the glareshield by tape or some other redneck method to have free hands.

Taking off while holding the camera with one hand is not too wise... But I did just that when I was still a student pilot...
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And here's me trying to do a stall while holding the camera...


Not my smartest moment...
I thought of trying to film my landing while holding the camera, but I at least knew I wasn't that coordinated!!

I bet most instructors don't condone their students fumbling with a camera when they're supposed to be focusing on learning to fly.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:09 PM   #127 (permalink)
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Usually you need both hands to fly. One on the Yoke, one on the throttle(s) - especially during takeoff and landing.

So most people (if flying solo) attach the camera to the glareshield by tape or some other redneck method to have free hands.

Taking off while holding the camera with one hand is not too wise... But I did just that when I was still a student pilot...
Ha! Naughty, naughty. Forever preserved and enjoyable, though.
I imagine when my day comes, I'll rig something up. Learning how to fly just seems too awesome NOT to be caught on tape.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:35 PM   #128 (permalink)
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hey wtz up

i wanna ask that to get to cpl i need to go through ppl,instrument and multi engine. if i do ppl from new york and then ins and ifr from other and commercial from dca would that have any effect or no.
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:39 PM   #129 (permalink)
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how is life being a pilot.does it make u stand out.is this job as a regular job like u have to do 40hrs a week.i heard pilots stay away from thier family most of the time how is that
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:20 PM   #130 (permalink)
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hey wtz up

i wanna ask that to get to cpl i need to go through ppl,instrument and multi engine. if i do ppl from new york and then ins and ifr from other and commercial from dca would that have any effect or no.
It wouldn't hurt...just give you more experience with different airspace, etc.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:38 AM   #131 (permalink)
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Hi, -I'm new here. I guess this is the right place for a few questions. Erm, I went in for my Class III flight physical for PPL, and the Doc didn't approve me because of my history of depression. So he sent the file in to FAA to see what they think. They are supposed to contact me in a few weeks, but are they likely gonna deny me my student pilot pass??? If so, is there any thing else I can do? Maybe wait a while and try again?

Also, what is a good price for PPL lessons?

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Old 08-12-2008, 08:58 PM   #132 (permalink)
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You may or may not get a waiver (how's that for a definite maybe?) I'm no doctor but I'm betting it depends on the duration and severity of your symptoms. I'd give AOPA a call, talk to a medical expert there, and see what they think. That has worked for me in the past with students. They've always been spot-on with their advice.

You ARE an AOPA (Aircraft Owner and Pilot's Association) member, right? If not, I'd highly recommend joining. Aside from the nifty magazine, hats, and stickers they send, you get things like free legal and medical advice. And no, I don't even work for them.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:59 AM   #133 (permalink)
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I'm not sure of your location, but there's an AME in Peoria IL named Bruce Chien who specializes in problem medicals. Now that it's been deferred, there might not be much he can do, but it's worth a call or Email to get his opinion. You can find him in AOPA's forums or IM me & I can give you his office number. He helped me get a special issuance after some heart problems last year.

As for the price of lessons, that really depends on where you learn. Big airport & FBO, typically cost more. Smaller airport & a flying club cost less.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:49 PM   #134 (permalink)
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I'm not a member of AOPA - I just had my Intro flight a few weeks ago. I'll look into it though. I feel like I'm being so impatient, but I'm so eager to fly, I can't stand the suspense! And thanks for the info about that dude in Peoria. I'll check that out too! Yeah, I take lessons at a small airport (or will, depending on medical), and the lessons are $125/hr. (fuel + instruction) in a C-172M. Is that reasonable? Thanks, all.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:58 PM   #135 (permalink)
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$125 for plane *and* instructor isn't bad for a 172. Here at Springfield, IL 172s & Warriors run around 110-120 /hr just for the plane alone. Our flying club has a 172 for 92.50 per tach hour. That's probably close to $80 /hr hobbs.

I think you can get a free 6 month student membership through AOPA.

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Old 08-15-2008, 10:53 AM   #136 (permalink)
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I'm not a member of AOPA - I just had my Intro flight a few weeks ago. I'll look into it though. I feel like I'm being so impatient, but I'm so eager to fly, I can't stand the suspense! And thanks for the info about that dude in Peoria. I'll check that out too! Yeah, I take lessons at a small airport (or will, depending on medical), and the lessons are $125/hr. (fuel + instruction) in a C-172M. Is that reasonable? Thanks, all.
Welcome to TAF, Jetoki

Not to be too much of a killjoy, but I wouldn't spend too much serious money on flying until you get that medical. If you are currently on antidepressants, I would very much doubt that you could get one. Although I fly in Canada, the rules are pretty similar, and there was an article in the last issue of our Aviation Safety Letter about antidepressants and how they preclude you from getting a medical. If it was far enough in the past, you may be able to get a waiver, as Kuma said.
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:10 PM   #137 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Forum Jetoki. If you're passionate about your desire to learn to fly, be persistent in your persuit.

I'm over here in Europe doing some flying for a Danish carrier for a few months; had to take a JAR flight physical. They wired me up and hooked me up to just about all the machines imaginable. It turns out that at my age I can't hear very well nor see very well anymore. However, the medical staff assured me that would not be a problem in Denmark. I guess they're in really bad need of 767 drivers over here.

Good luck with the FAA docs. Even if they deny your request, find another doc and get a second opinion.


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You may or may not get a waiver (how's that for a definite maybe?) I'm no doctor but I'm betting it depends on the duration and severity of your symptoms. I'd give AOPA a call, talk to a medical expert there, and see what they think. That has worked for me in the past with students. They've always been spot-on with their advice.
Kuma, I thought you were a doctor.
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:13 PM   #138 (permalink)
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Hi,
It's my dream to become a pilot. I am in the air cadets. It may seem vague, but how do you become a pilot?
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:49 PM   #139 (permalink)
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I know I should probably know this but how does the gyro work? I know what it is and I have an Idea of how it works but...

Here is what I know:

The Gyro is a top that spins like a top. the angl of it helps determin the axis of the plane and what way it is pointing. what am I missing?
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:35 PM   #140 (permalink)
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whoops I posted that in the wrong thread! hey Admins! would you mind moving this to the "ask an experienced pilot/instructor thread" thread?
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