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HelicopterOff Topics › It's official ... I am an instrument rated PP
11-28-2007 09:07 PM  10 years agoPost 1
EvoFlight50

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Had my checkride this afternoon, it went perfect. I really couldn't have asked for it to go any better. I'm very happy about it. Nothing like landing the plane and having the examiner say, "congratulation's you now are instrument rated." Now I just have to wait around 4 months for the weather to be warm enough to actually fly in some iinstrument conditions.

I can't wait to file a flight plan with my name on it now.

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11-28-2007 09:13 PM  10 years agoPost 2
wakeboarder2342

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HAHA we passed both our checkrides on teh same day! I had mine at 8:00 this morning! Weather was good, a bit bumpy but not bad! Great feeling when we landed and he said, well you passed!!

Im now a private pilot! I think ill go for my instrument next year!

favorite quote, no honey thats the same helicoptor i have always had

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11-28-2007 09:16 PM  10 years agoPost 3
EvoFlight50

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Congratulation's that's great news! It feels so good when all that hard work pays off and you can now do something you used to not be able to do.

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11-28-2007 09:17 PM  10 years agoPost 4
EvoFlight50

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I was probably just getting in the plane after my oral when you were starting yours. Mine was at 9 this morning. By time we got all the paperwork out of the way and actually started the oral it was close to 10, and by time we got in the plane it was close to 11 here in the east.

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11-28-2007 09:21 PM  10 years agoPost 5
SSN Pru

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huh, just like walkin into the local package store and buyin your first 30 pack of Bud huh?

Well....

Thats something that all 21yo's are allowed to do that they once were, right?

My father was a CFI before he lost his medical. He got it back through a shady type doc who gave one to anyone who could hold their head up. I managed to get 6 hours of duel before he couldn't do it any more.

Some day I'll get my PP.

congrats to both of you for achieving something that very few in teh world achieve...

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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11-28-2007 09:40 PM  10 years agoPost 6
4NoWhiners

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Congratulations,I always wanted to get my pilots license but flying toy planes and helicopters is as far as I got.

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11-28-2007 11:27 PM  10 years agoPost 7
JuanRodriguez

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Congrats, guys....

Although I will probably never pursue getting my instrument rating, both of your accomplishments deserve much merit !!!!

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11-28-2007 11:52 PM  10 years agoPost 8
InvertedDude

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11-29-2007 12:21 AM  10 years agoPost 9
SilverEagle2

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Good job Evo...

Now send all your Instrument Training materials to me so I can get my written out of the way. Still sharing time to get the hood time over with.

Jason

Wait..what!?!?! No, that can't be!

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11-29-2007 12:25 AM  10 years agoPost 10
tracvision

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CHECK RIDE DAY

Thats interesting. A friend of mine in Tampa passed his today also. Congrats to all of you. I got mine in 1978 !!

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11-29-2007 02:26 AM  10 years agoPost 11
EvoFlight50

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Thanks guys. I'm going to make sure I stay current throughout the winter and get a lot of practice, this way I'll be ready to get up there into some actual when spring is here. It does feel great when the training is over and it all comes together on test day. Now I get to start work on my commercial the week after next.

I guess today was just a good day to have a checkride all over.

How close are you to getting yours silver?

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11-29-2007 02:28 AM  10 years agoPost 12
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Evo, I'm sure it's been asked before, but currently what do you think is the best full-size single-screen computer simulator available for training or for keeping one's single and twin IFR and instrument skills sharp on the ground?

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11-29-2007 02:38 AM  10 years agoPost 13
Raptor3DPilot

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Gimbal -- Have you ever flown Microsoft Flight Sim X?? I've only flown a full scale airplane once (I did 8 touch and go's too!) but the sim seems pretty realistic especially with a good joystick and rudder pedals. I've heard there's even ways to hook up "eyetop" type glasses and use your head to pan around the cockpit. The other day I finally figured out how to call the tow plane for gliders... man that's hard keeping the right tension on the rope while it's pulling you up.

I'm not sure what other sims are out there though.

Remember when flying inverted that down is up and up is EXPENSIVE!

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11-29-2007 03:25 AM  10 years agoPost 14
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Been using MS FS 2004 for 3 years now. I use my G3 controller to fly it which is fun but probably not ideal for keeping stick skills up to date. Love the detail on the panels. One of my favorite ways to kill an hour is to take off in the Lear45 at Key Largo and cruise out to Key West at 300' agl, 140 kts, landing at every odd strip along the way.

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11-29-2007 03:39 AM  10 years agoPost 15
EvoFlight50

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Believe it or not MS FlightSim is a great sim. It's all pretty accurate. I used it throughout my training just to practice. All the navigation systems are a pretty good representative of real life. As just a strictly instrument sim this is also very good:

http://www.kingschools.com/productD...mNo=GOS%20EC901

It's a little on the expensive side, and it's only an instrument sim, so it can get boring. It's a really good tool though.

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11-29-2007 03:42 AM  10 years agoPost 16
GimbalFan (RIP)

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I'll check that out. Thanks.

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11-29-2007 08:05 AM  10 years agoPost 17
MX400 DUDE

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If you don't mind me asking how much does a getting a private pilots license cost? Training and aircraft rental, how ever that works. You may have already posted that above but I got a head ache and didn't feel like reading through Congrats by the way!

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11-29-2007 01:18 PM  10 years agoPost 18
SSN Pru

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Isn't a PP about 5 or 6k depending on where you go?

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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11-29-2007 01:32 PM  10 years agoPost 19
V8Buggy (RIP)

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For Me ....

Taking lessons and getting my PP was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life.

Doing the instrument work, and getting my instrument rating, was less enjoyable, but very, very rewarding.

Congrats guys!!

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11-29-2007 01:57 PM  10 years agoPost 20
JuanRodriguez

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If I recall correctly, mine ran about $1500.......BUT, that was many years ago !! I could have done it while in the service for about $800 but that was a lot of money back then specially just recently married..... Afterwards, the GI bill would have paid 80% of the instrument/commercial rating too !! But , that was not in the cards...You know ?? Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda...etc....

Anyway, at today's prices I'm sure it will be all of 5-6K as umdpru estimated.....fuel prices alone have driven the cost of out of reach for many....

In any event for those thinking about going forth, the best way to do it cost wise is to set a considerable amount of money aside to get you through the initial phase of your training done..... ie, through the "solo" stage......

Then after that , the quicker you proceed with the rest, the cheaper it will be in the long haul.

If you plan on flying an hour here, an hour there with weeks in between, you better have some VERY DEEP pockets !!

If you're fortunate enough to afford to buy your own airplane from the beginning, you could possibly find an instructor eager to build his/her hours to practically do the instruction for free or next to nothing......

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