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HelicopterOff Topics › It's official ... I am an instrument rated PP
12-02-2007 02:49 AM  10 years agoPost 41
Wildcat Fuels

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Congrats! I love check rides...nothing like an examiner to get the blood flowing. I have done several and I am always nervous. I am thinking about getting my CFI in January and teach warbirds...we will see.

Jerry

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12-02-2007 08:51 PM  10 years agoPost 42
EvoFlight50

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I always hope when I take a checkride I'll get used to it and the anxiety will go away. Doesn't ever seem to work out that way though. That's pretty good advice dave. I've heard you can really build some hours flying for a skydiving school. I'll have to look into that when I'm ready to start looking for a job.

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12-02-2007 11:11 PM  10 years agoPost 43
T.J. Kong

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Evo-

You’ll get used to it. Once you start flying turbines or fly for a 135-121 carrier, you’ll have to take a checkride every 6-18 mo., depending on the ops specs.

There are a lot of jobs out there for guys with only a commercial: flying traffic watch, sight seeing, etc. Just get your ratings, keep your eyes pealed, and be ready to jump on a job. If you’re not too tied to N.Y., there are some awesome jobs in Alaska.

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12-03-2007 02:15 AM  10 years agoPost 44
Dave Yost

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Always wish I would have tried Alaska. That would be fun.

TJ Kong is right, the check rides will be a way of life if choose to become a professional Pilot. I used to get anxiety the day of the ride, but once the ride started, I settled in and relaxed. I also found that taking an aspirin before the ride thins your blood and helped out a little. One of the best things you can do is not let your self slip into bad habits. Hold yourself to a high standard on every flight you make. Now that you have an instrument rating, back up your VFR Flying with instruments. If the runway has an ILS, tune in up, and use the localizer and glide slope on the Visual approach, transition to the VASI, and try to land on the Fixed distance markers every time. I used to play a game with new co-pilots. we would judge each others approaches on the follow criteria:

Glide Slop(SLOPE) = 1
Localizer/centerline=1
Airspeed/TargetVref=1
Touchdown zone(fixed Distance markers)=1
The touch down its self=1

Total=5 points. The pilot with the lower score at the end of the day bought the first round of Beer! If it was a tie, we let the flight attendant judge the smoothest landing for the breaker.

It was amazing how much better the approaches got by the end of the trip. It was also fun.

Enjoy, Dave

MA Fury Extreme,Vibe 50, JR 9303,YS,Vblades, Don't blame me, I voted for Jimmy Buffet!

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12-03-2007 02:38 AM  10 years agoPost 45
T.J. Kong

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Glide Slop = 1
Pun?!?!?

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12-03-2007 02:41 AM  10 years agoPost 46
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Glide Slop = 1
Pun?!?!?
Ya took the words (thought) right out of my mouth (brain).

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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12-03-2007 02:45 AM  10 years agoPost 47
Dave Yost

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Yea, yea,yea, spelling was never a prerequisite for flying!

Dave

MA Fury Extreme,Vibe 50, JR 9303,YS,Vblades, Don't blame me, I voted for Jimmy Buffet!

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12-03-2007 02:45 AM  10 years agoPost 48
T.J. Kong

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Yup, poor Dave's buyin' the first round and I'm damn thirsty.

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12-03-2007 02:48 AM  10 years agoPost 49
T.J. Kong

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Yea, yea,yea, spelling was never a prerequisite for flying!
That’s why aviation has so many acronyms. Did you guys have ACARS where you flew? I'm always abbreviating because I can't spell.

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12-03-2007 02:52 AM  10 years agoPost 50
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Yup, poor Dave's buyin' the first round and I'm damn thirsty.
He's done it before and he'll do it again.

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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12-03-2007 03:07 AM  10 years agoPost 51
Dave Yost

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Yes, the last year I was with them, about 70% of the aircraft had been upgraded.

you couldn't lie about your off times anymore

Dave

MA Fury Extreme,Vibe 50, JR 9303,YS,Vblades, Don't blame me, I voted for Jimmy Buffet!

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12-03-2007 01:10 PM  10 years agoPost 52
fastheli

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Congratulations.

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