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One step closer…

…to finishing my license.

But let’s keep things in sequence.
Like I wrote in my last post, in December I attended this two week class room course that is part of the theory course I’m doing. A little over two weeks ago, I went back to england to take the exams. And today I finally had the results in my mail. And luckily I passed them all, keeping my 100% first time pass rate and average score of 94%. That’s better than I ever expected them to be and it sure would not have been possible without the amazing course materials, manuals and software and of course the teachers from Bristol Groundschool. If you should find yourself in the situation to need to do the european JAR/EASA ATPL examinations, I can highly recommend this place. The support is almost instantly and the teacher really know their stuff. It’s still a lot of work but there’s probably no better place to do it.

Now, with having all the ground work done
it’s time again to have some fun,
for the planes to take me higher
up there, in the land of fire
most of the time, though, it is snowing,
can you guess where I’ll be going?

Cheers

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About flying from one end of the United States to the other – part 2

Hi folks,

today I’m writing from Phoenix, Arizona. Yes, that’s right, we flew from Dallas all the way up to Phoenix in just one day. Within eight hours to be exactly. We took of from Fort Worth Spinks at 8AM local time and flew the first leg to Carlsbad, New Mexico where we stopped to get the tanks filled up again.
From there on the real fun began. We filed an IFR flight plan to Tucson, Arizona and just a few minutes after departure we got swallowed by the clouds. During our climb to 10.000feet altitude we passed several rain shower and the following two hours were a very interesting experience and a good opportunity to practice the procedures I’ve learned during my IFR training. Once we’ve passed Deming we had the worst weather behind us and the following miles we just passed some more thunderstorms and showers but were clear of clouds almost all the time.
In Tucson we took a few more gallons of fuel and continued for one more hour to Phoenix, Arizona. After 8 hours of flight time, two of which were IFR, and 800 nautical miles (~1500km) distance we landed safely at Goodyear airport and parked our plane right next to the planes Lufthansa is using for their initial flight training.
Tomorrow we will see how we continue our trip.

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Flying across Florida part 2

Hi everyone,

first things first, so the news is…I passed the IFR checkride!!! YESS 🙂
It was an interesting flight but it was really tough and exhausting.

So now that the studying is over for at least a few weeks, I have more time to write here.
And as I didn’t take any new pictures during the last couple of days, I decided to show you a few more photos I’ve taken mostly on flights as passenger. The photos are from all over central Florida which is our primary training area for IFR flights.

I probably won’t post any news in the following two or three weeks, ’cause it’s kind of my summer holidays and there won’t be any flying during this period of time.
But after that I’ll start a large tour across the USA and there will definitely pictures of that on this site here.

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on downwind at Cedar Key
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orange tree plantation (they are all over the place in the more southern region of Florida)
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Long live individualism
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A parking lot; but just a small one 😉
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My home base, Flagler County Airport KXFL
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