Instrument Rating

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April 11th, 2015 Total Hours: 185.2 This is it; I am now an official graduate of Mauna Loa Helicopters’ Professional Pilot Program. It’s been a wild ride and my head is still spinning from everything that’s passed over the last 9 months. Many have asked how it feels to finish and all I can really … Continue reading

Instrument Cross-Country

April 1st, 2015 Total Hours: 174.5 I just can’t seem to keep up with the blog these days. Granted a lot has been happening since I started my instrument training, but it wasn’t exactly mellow before and somehow I can’t seem to make enough time for the studying, flying, and writing anymore. My checkrides for … Continue reading

Full Speed Ahead

March 22nd, 2015 Total Hours: 161.9 Despite the delay with Charlie Mike, whose name comes from its N number 405CM, this last week ended up being quite busy. I had several ground lessons, a simulator flight, two knowledge exams in Honolulu, and even three flights in Charlie Mike squeezed in right at the end. Whew! … Continue reading

Nervous Energy

March 15th, 2015 Total Hours: 158.6 This was my first week back after the small vacation that came along with my girlfriend’s visit. I wish I could say that I’ve been killing it back at school but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. Despite having a lot of energy and wanting to simply crank out … Continue reading

Fun Flight [VIDEO]

March 1st, 2015 Total Hours: 156.9 Boy, really falling behind now. Missed my publishing day and I skipped a week… Oh well, I guess that was bound to happen eventually. I’m pretty happy with the run I’ve managed to maintain with this blog, almost all the way through the program! As I said in my … Continue reading

Instruments are Fun!

February 17th, 2015 Total Hours: 154.5 It’s getting a little harder to write these blogs some weeks. I’m not sure if it’s because I am nearing the end of the program or if it’s because I’m not seeing the big changes each week anymore. It is hard to believe that there is light at the … Continue reading

Sim Time

February 8th, 2015 Total Hours: 153.5 The instrument training has been going well this week. You may have seen that I’m not building hours these days and that isn’t for lack of flying. How can I be flying and not getting hours? The simulator. It is the bane of many students training experience, but at … Continue reading

Instrument Training Begins

February 1st, 2015 Total Hours: 153.5 After a bit of a break I started my instrument training this week. The instrument training is the last part of my program and will have two phases that will happen more or less simultaneously. Just like the commercial and CFI portions of my training I will be working … Continue reading

Instrument Flying

November 2nd, 2014 Total Hours: 95.5 I’ve been meaning to write about my first experiences with instrument flying for some time. My cross-country flights and my exams took precedence when it came to my writing over the last few weeks though. But nothing much happened this week so I’ll finally get to it! First, a … Continue reading

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