Commercial Pilot

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Robinson Safety Course

January 25th, 2015 Total Hours: 153.5 This week I attended the Robinson Safety Course at the factory in Los Angeles, California. The safety course is required for anyone who wants to instruct in Robinson helicopters, but it would be well worth the time for anybody who flies a Robinson, and I would even say anyone … Continue reading

Checkride Galore

January 18th, 2015 Total Hours: 152.6 Last week was a bit of a wild one. It started with my stage 3 check for the CFI in preparation for the coming checkride. After my stage check I was exactly one hour short of the one hundred and fifty hours total time needed for my commercial. On … Continue reading

Checkride Prep

January 11, 2015 Total Hours: 147.8 Well this is it, the last week before my checkrides. They are on the schedule for next Wednesday and Thursday, back to back commercial and CFI. Of course things happen, there could be mechanical delays or a weather upset, or then again maybe I’m just telling myself that to … Continue reading

Autorotation Blitz

January 4th, 2015 Total Hours: 140.6 Another busy week. I am now a short 9.6 hours away from the 150 I need for my commercial checkride. I’m so close now, phew, my head is spinning! It’s exciting being so close but I’m nervous too. Am I really ready? I’m sure I am, but it’s easy … Continue reading


December 28th, 2014 Total Hours: 131.6 This week I continued my quest to build hours. At home I am working every day on revising lesson plans and studying, but the main focus is getting those hours up. At times I am feeling pretty stressed though overall things feel more under control than during my private. … Continue reading

Honolulu Flying

December 21st, 2014 Total Hours: 124.7 This week has been every bit as interesting as last week was uneventful. I had a fair bit of flying and I’m feeling pretty good about getting in the hours needed for my checkrides. Right now I need another 25.3 hours to meet the minimums for the commercial certificate. … Continue reading

One Hour Week

December 14th, 2014 Total Hours: 117.1 Wow, slow week!! Looks like I haven’t even flown a whole hour since last Sunday. I believe that this is the least flying I’ve done in a weeklong period since I started the program! I was supposed to get a second flight in this week but the machine had … Continue reading

High Altitude Training

December 7th, 2014 Total Hours: 116.2 This week I did some high altitude training. I had three flights for a total of about 3.5 hours, enough for a taste of what it’s like, but leaving plenty of room to keep learning. You may be wondering what high altitude training is about and it is simpler … Continue reading

Shifting Gears

November 30th, 2014 Total Hours: 107.7 Wow, it’s the end of November already! I can’t believe I’ve been out here for five months already. On the one hand I feel as though I’ve been here much longer, but other times it seems as though I just arrived. And yet the time and the training flow … Continue reading

External Load Training Part 2

November 23rd, 2014 Total Hours: 104.1 I apologize if this week’s post reiterates too much of last week’s material. But that’s the way I wrote it and I don’t have the time to go for something different now! After last weekend’s intro to long line training I continued to practice my skills throughout the week. … Continue reading

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