AFSP 017: Crew Cross Country

This may be the most fun you have during your time in the accelerated flight school program – the Crew Cross Country!  Together with another student – that’s right, no CFI – you’ll fly your way across the country!  Well, maybe not ACROSS the country, but you’ll fly to new, exciting places.  And during this time, you won’t have an instructor to rely on.  You’ll rely on your training.  There will be frustrating times and there will be awesome times.  You may love your crew partner or you may not.  There are a lot of variables but in the end you’ll have a great time!

Crew Cross Country Flights

AFSP 016: The Instrument Rating Check Ride – Practical (Second Attempt)

So, I bombed my first Instrument Rating Practical Check Ride but I passed my second time around.  What were the differences and why did I pass on the second attempt?  I discuss a successful check ride with you in Episode 16 and how you can apply my failures to make your first attempt successful.  Hooray!

AFSP 015 – Week 12: The Instrument Rating Check Ride – Practical

So, we’ve passed our Instrument Rating Oral exam.  The next step is the Practical or flight portion of the flight.  Listen in to episode 15 and I’ll discuss with you what an IFR practical is all about and we’ll even discuss how to totally bomb it!  enjoy!

AFSP 014 – Week 12: Instrument Rating Check Ride – Oral

The time has finally come – your instrument rating check ride.  You’re nervous our out of control, you’ve got that empty feeling in your stomach, and you’re trying not to let any knowledge ooze out your ears before you have to vomit it all out in your oral.  It’s a terrible feeling and it’s there because we all have so much riding on this exam.  We don’t want to spend the hundreds of dollars on this check ride and fail, do we?  Well, coming from a guy who did, you don’t.  Trust me.  So, the question remains, how do I pass my instrument rating oral?  Listen in to this week’s episode and I’ll discuss the tools I used to pass my instrument rating oral.

IFR Know All Handout:

IFR Quick-Review Sheets

Instrument ACS

AFSP Bonus Episode 003 – Passing your IFR Written Exam

The IFR Written exam is said to be the most difficult written exam from PPL through CFI.  Mainly, people note the extensive bank of questions as the reason – nearly 1200.  But wait, don’t give up now!  There’s a way through this mess and it’s called Flight Test 5 from Sheppard Air.  If you are okay with using a tool that helps you memorize the correct answers to the test questions, than this app is all you need to pass the exam.  No, seriously, if you do nothing but use this app you can pass the IFR and CFII written exams.  The CFII exam is based off the same bank of questions as the IFR exam.  So, check out the episode, download the app (links below) and pass your IFR written!

Apple iOS
Android – Boo, no Android app.

AFSP 013 – Week 11: The 250 Nautical Mile IFR required flight

Take a moment and read 14 CFR part 61.65 (d)(2)(ii)(A, B, and C).  Just kidding, no one is going to do that.  But if you did, you would see that one requirement to take your Instrument Rating Check Ride is to perform a flight 250 nautical miles or longer filed as IFR, an instrument approach at each airport, and three different kinds of approaches.  So, our school actually has a predefined route for this for each location and ours takes us from North Las Vegas to Needles, then to Bullhead City, and finally back to North Las Vegas where we completed ILS, LOC, and GPS approaches (it’s okay if those terms mean nothing to you).  The first segment is the longest but that’s fine because Needles has an interesting approach – Coming in from the north at a high altitude, we had to perform the procedure turn and holding pattern to lose altitude for the approach.  Leaving Needles was the same but in reverse.  We had to follow the Departure Procedure and enter the holding pattern to gain altitude to depart the area.  Great practice with crosswinds in a holding pattern!  Bullhead was pretty simple and we stopped there for gas and to eat lunch.  The flight back to Vegas is always interesting.  We had a hard time receiving Las Vegas Approach and one of the other CFIs at our school was closer and heard us on the radio.  They acted as an intermediary and helped us out.  Way to go guys!  As we crossed over the hills around Vegas, we had a sudden wind shear.  This is exactly why you are always hands on the yolk when flying.  If I wasn’t holding on and immediately correcting, we would have hit at least a 45 degree bank or more.  But I’m a good pilot – not today, wind!  Finishing of this week will consist of more SIMs and maybe another flight to shoot another approach – we flew to St. George to shoot the GPS approach.  I struggled on this one and we had to circle to land which was good practice.

AFSP 012 – Week 10: Departure Procedures, Approaches, and Holding Patterns.

Week 10 is all about learning Departure Procedures, Approaches, and Holding Patterns. You’ll spend a bunch of time flying approach after approach after approach and you’ll get familiar with how holding patterns work up in the air. You’ll also be spending a great deal of time at home studying for your written exams (there’s 2).  Be prepared to have your brain overloaded this week as there’s a lot to learn and things come fast when you’re flying.

AFSP 011 – Week 9: Intro to IFR and IFR Time Building

The introduction into IFR flying begins with a very relaxed and exciting week full of and new experiences. You’ll be flying under the hood quite a bit but you’ll be flying further than typical and to new places which is always exciting.

You’ll be extremely overwhelmed trying to copy down IFR clearances this week and you’ll see how busy a cockpit gets during an IFR arrival. However, you’ll be spending a lot of time at cruise where you’ll be discussing basic IFR flight information.

AFSP 010 – Week 8: The Flight Review and Check-Ride

Although I’m not taking a check-ride for my private certificate, I will be doing a Flight Review (BFR) with my instructor before I move on to instrument flying.

In today’s episode, I cover the Flight Review and Check-Ride, how they differ, and when you would expect to see each.  You will be performing a check-ride for all your new certificates or add-on ratings (such as Multi-Engine), so listen in to find out what you’re in for.

AFSP 009 – Week 7: Night Flight, Pattern Work, and more Cross Countries

In week 7, I flew my first Night Flight in a very long time.  I preflighted at dusk and took off in the dark which was pretty cool.  We flew to St George to do pattern work in the dark.  The pilot controlled lighting system was difficult to use there for some reason so we had to fly directly over the airport before we could even get the lights to turn on.  Once we got that all ironed out, the pattern work began.  We flew patterns until they closed the airport down – they had scheduled maintenance around 10:45 that night.

The rest of the week was fairly basic with more pattern work and cross countries – working on VOR radial interception and tracking, managing work load, and decent planning.

Night Flight