To get ahead with flight courses at UND, I stayed for an accelerated semester during the first 6 weeks of summer this year. In 6 weeks, 30 of us in my class took AVIT 323 (aerodynamics), AVIT 324 (aircraft systems), and the associated commercial flight course. It was an intense experience, but I’m glad I got it out of the way! Commercial flying, other than new maneuvers, isn’t all that different from the flying you’re already used to. The standards are tighter, with more attention payed to altitude, heading, and “getting ahead of the airplane.” The new maneuvers (chandelles, lazy eights, eights on pylons, commercial steep turns, and steep spirals) expand your flying skills to make more smooth, accurate changes in pitch and power, with an overall goal of finishing maneuvers on a specified altitude, airspeed, and heading. They aren’t all that hard to learn, but the commercial course is all about narrowing your standards in an attempt towards perfection. The big part of being a commercial pilot isn’t so much the flying as it is the knowledge. You must have a deep knowledge of aviation weather, aircraft systems, federal air regulations, and commercial pilot privileges. With almost 400 hours now, I passed my commercial checkride in late June and in the fall will move onto multi-engine flying in the Piper Seminole. In the spring I’ll enroll in AVIT 414, the CFI course. I can’t wait to get started teaching people how to fly! Things are moving along quickly… And after the intense summer semester I’m enjoying some summer break… Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 8 Responses Gail German July 18, 2016 Congratulations!! So happy for you…. If you ever come to Dothan area, stop in and say hello Pratt’s Landing. Reply Swayne Martin July 23, 2016 Thanks, Gail! Reply Steve Odland July 18, 2016 Congratulations!! It would be great to see you at Delta down the road. I admire your motivation and this is a great time to move fast in the industry, getting time and ratings. Pilots will be short demand for whatever part of aviation you choose. Reply Swayne Martin July 23, 2016 Thanks, Steve! Hope flying has been going well. Reply Dimitris July 19, 2016 Congrats, your story is really inspiring! Looking forward to reading more! :)) In the end, that photograph… where is this beautiful mountain?! Reply Swayne Martin July 23, 2016 Thanks Dimitris! It was Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO. Reply Anne Martin July 19, 2016 The nap on the mountain looks rough. Congrats on successful completion of the June classes…fly HIGH, Swayne! Reply Patrick Mwangi August 13, 2016 Wow!that’s one inspiring story,you are such an inspiration to many. Your work is great too. Reply Leave a Reply to Patrick Mwangi Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.