For the past few months, I’ve been completing my instrument flight training in Aviation 222 at UND. The course has been awesome so far and I’ve come to really enjoy the challenges of instrument flying. Using the full complexity and range of services offered by the national airspace system and air traffic control has added a new level of skill and challenge to my flying.

In case you’re not familiar with the way that training at the University of North Dakota works, the school operates under a TCO (training course outline) that includes instrument, commercial, and multi-engine flight training under one syllabus. That means once you complete your training in each of those courses, you’re issued an “instrument, multi-engine, commercial” certificate. That’s different than a lot of training environments, where you get each rating or certificate separately and consecutively. So once I complete my AVIT 222 instrument flight training course, I won’t be issued an instrument rating to use over the summer. I’m checking with program managers at UND to see if taking the instrument checkride outside of UND, under Part 61, is an option. In theory, I could then be re-issued the certificate under Part 141 so that I’m still eligible for restricted ATP minimums. I’ll post an update once I find out if this is possible.

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Outside of UND, flying with friends and the guys with Boldmethod has been a blast. Between taking friends for their first flight in a small plane, or flying a Cirrus SR22T with Aleks and Colin into challenging mountain airports like Aspen and Telluride, stuff has been going awesome! Here are some pictures from the latest adventures…

Oh yeah, and make sure to check out more ExpressJet stories on Boldmethod – We just recently flew Part 91 in one of their ERJ-145s, without passengers, and got some great footage!

More to come soon!
-Swayne

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Swayne Martin

If you want to become a pilot, I want to make your journey just a little easier. I'm a First Officer for Envoy Air, one of the largest regional airlines in the world, and have partnered with industry leaders like the U.S. Air Force to teach about various aviation careers. For a full bio, click the "About" tab above. Use the "Contact" tab to shoot me a message.

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