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Old 07-02-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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I know there are several here and to be honest, I need a butt kickin'.

I'm a 60 hour student pilot and have been working on my PPL since the end of April '08. I took a break from September to March of this year due to work reasons and just missed all of June due to family, work, weather, and plane availability.

I'm close, though. Very close. I flew with my instructor this morning (to renew my again expired solo endorsement) and his words were: "If you can take a month off and fly like that, there's no excuse for you to not have your ticket."

What remains:
*Shore up ground reference maneuvers: Air time should clear these back up.
*Flight by reference to instruments: 0.7 hours required to meet the recs.
*Short field landings: On the mark, on the center line.
*Written. I'm scheduling today. I've been putting it off far too long.

Where I need help:
I need someone to stay on my hide about finishing this up. My goal is checkride passed, ticket in hand by the first week of August. Is there anybody who'd care to check in every few days or so and publicly humiliate me or something if I haven't made any progress?

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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I'm not a pilot, but an expert ass kicker. Get your license, you procrastinating boob.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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I'm not a pilot, but an expert ass kicker. Get your license, you procrastinating boob.
That'll do in a pinch.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:52 PM   #4
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Have you completed your cross-countries yet? If so, you are DEFINITELY there. Keep in mind, every time you take a break of 1-week or something like that, the first 1/2 of your next lesson is "getting back in the groove," costing you money. I'm sure you're not made of that--if you are, call me!

Once you get your license, then the real learning begins! : ) I'm sure you've heard this and its true. But, once you get your certificate, you can take passengers with you! You can grab a girl or friend and go get breakfast on Saturday morning. You could fly down to the Gulf for the day and do some sightseeing.

So get off your ass and finish up! : ) And there is more cool stuff...tailwheel endorsements, high performance endorsements, glass cockpits...the list goes on.

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:03 PM   #5
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I took an Introductory lesson about a month ago and it was a very bitter-sweet experience for me. I know sometime in the future I will get my license, but right now time & money constraints are keeping me from my dream.

So stop your belly aching and realize there are people out in the world who aren't as lucky as you, and finish the last 1% of what's required to get your ticket. If your instructor is basically telling you you're ready, they just do it!

/toughlove

Seriously though, you're almost there, so get on it!
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:05 PM   #6
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Kind of sounds like you are not really that into it anymore if you need someone to push you, I mean I am just saying. Is that why you need a push or do you really just want to talk with others about learning to fly and flying? That is cool too and I guess this is a good way to get others attention. Good luck, sounds like you are about there.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:11 PM   #7
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Good luck! I regretfully didn't finish up mine. I was doing checkride prep and the weather wasn't cooperating, then my daughter was born and I haven't been up since before then. Hard to find time anymore and now my written has expired and my medical is expiring soon.

I'll probably get back on that horse when I've got more free time and extra money sitting around.

This probably wasn't helpful, but maybe theres a lesson in it. Finish up as quick as possible before life throws you a curveball

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:11 PM   #8
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BTW, I don't fly but those 2 seat 1 prop planes and helicopters fly directly over my house all the time on approach to the small airport down the street.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:22 PM   #9
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Have you completed your cross-countries yet? If so, you are DEFINITELY there. Keep in mind, every time you take a break of 1-week or something like that, the first 1/2 of your next lesson is "getting back in the groove," costing you money. I'm sure you're not made of that--if you are, call me!
Yup. Long solo XC completed 7/30 of last year. I was damn near done when I had my work/flaky CFI induced break last September. That sucks because cross country is the fun part (for me)-- nothing is more boring for me than turns around a point out in the practice area (which is exactly why I need some butt kickin' to stay on course).

I'm fortunate in that (1) I have a flexible work schedule right now and I'm not traveling as much and (2) my desk is 137 paces from the door to the FBO

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I took an Introductory lesson about a month ago and it was a very bitter-sweet experience for me. I know sometime in the future I will get my license, but right now time & money constraints are keeping me from my dream.

So stop your belly aching and realize there are people out in the world who aren't as lucky as you, and finish the last 1% of what's required to get your ticket. If your instructor is basically telling you you're ready, they just do it!

/toughlove

Seriously though, you're almost there, so get on it!
Renewed solo endorsement in hand, I'm flying every morning at 0600 local until I'm done. I hope the starts align soon for you and you get to start too.

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Kind of sounds like you are not really that into it anymore if you need someone to push you, I mean I am just saying. Is that why you need a push or do you really just want to talk with others about learning to fly and flying? That is cool too and I guess this is a good way to get others attention. Good luck, sounds like you are about there.
I'm WAY into it, I just really enjoy the cross country flying aspect of it. Tooling about looking at the tops of tree farms is pretty exciting for a bit but isn't the most exciting part of flying.

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Good luck! I regretfully didn't finish up mine. I was doing checkride prep and the weather wasn't cooperating, then my daughter was born and I haven't been up since before then. Hard to find time anymore and now my written has expired and my medical is expiring soon.

I'll probably get back on that horse when I've got more free time and extra money sitting around.

This probably wasn't helpful, but maybe theres a lesson in it. Finish up as quick as possible before life throws you a curveball
If you ever get back into it, let me know and I'll cheerfully kick your but across the finish line.

 
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:03 PM   #10
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I bet you are a quitter!!! That is what I think, never finished anything in your life and never will!!!


....does that help any?

 
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