Totaling up my logbook today, I realized that I am more than halfway into my private pilot training! If you have been reading on this site, you’ve seen some of the great experiences I’ve been lucky to have and some of the things I’ve learned along the way. If you click on: Flight Training, Tips, and Advice, you can see every major event I’ve gone through since the beginning of my pilot training.

So what’s next?…

Here are just a few of the things I’ve done so far in my training:

My goal is to complete my Private Pilot Training and receive the license on or around my 17th Birthday, this February (2014). Here is what I have left to do in order to get the full license:
  • Finish instrument training
  • Night flying
  • More solo cross country flights
  • A “long” solo cross country flight (over 150nm and into 3 airports)
  • Pass the FAA Written Exam (not taken yet)
  • Pass the private pilot oral and flight test

As of now, I have 23.6 hours total flight time including 6 solo flight hours. To complete my Private Pilot training, I have to have a total of 40 hours flight time (there are sub-requirements within this hour total). In this, I will now be flying an average of 1 hour per week in order to complete my training on time. I can’t wait to have my full Private Pilot’s License!

Every time I get up into the air, I start to feel more and more like a “real” pilot. I’m so grateful for the incredible opportunity I have in flying, it’s really making me into who I am as a person.

Thanks so much for reading! More articles to come soon!,
-Swayne Martin

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So what do I look forward to the most with the Private Pilot’s License?… Finally being able to fly with these people!:

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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.

2 Responses

  1. tigerscar56

    You’ve inspired me Swayne. I wanted to become a pilot before but after reading this blog I asked my dad about it( I’m only 14) and he agrees with it completely. I’m always nervous about telling my parents big decisions. Apparently my dad knows a guy who is a crop duster and works for him since he is a manager of an orange grove. The guy has an instructor’s degree and is willing to take me on a test flight for free! I am very excited and cannot wait. I’m so ready to get into the sky.

    – Andrew Ingram a.k.a Tigerscar


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