Is anyone still around? For those forgiving enough to still be reading this blog, Happy New Year! I’m still here, albeit absent most of the time it seems. Yes, I have been flying. Sadly, I have been neglecting you all and not writing about it. It’s a new year and time for new goals though! Obtaining my instrument rating is on my top 3, and a timeline before May (since that’s when my written expires)! I want to vow I’ll write more and share my experiences similar to when I was a private pilot student, but I also don’t want to break that vow.
Let me catch you up on my progress. The road to my instrument rating has seemed long and arduous. Mostly, time and money have been the delaying factors. Honestly, just hitting that magical 50 hours of PIC cross country time seemed unobtainable to me. Jake and I spent early December hitting it pretty hard to get my hours up. I’m in the 30-hour range now and I can finally see that little pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel.
Actually, I think it’s been that requirement of 50 hours XC time that has just made this whole process seem daunting. I know it’s good, I know it makes you a better pilot, but still! For me, it’s already boring. It’s been boring. Yes, there are moments that are great and push my multi-tasking abilities: talking to ATC, navigating, thinking ahead. Once the airplane is trimmed, we’re on a long segment, and all is quiet – zzzzz. Another 15 or so hours of this, while now I can foresee me accomplishing it, doesn’t seem like too much fun. I’m excited to do approaches and really get that down, but I want to cut the inbetween time down. Anyway, I know I won’t. I know it’s good, just a bit of a vent. Thanks for the indulgence!
I will be flying more, I hopefully will be writing more, but January will be dull. Maybe February too since we’re in the process of setting up and moving to Seattle. So I’ll happily take suggestions of flight schools and instructors in that area! There will only be a couple of flights for the new few months, but then the pace should hopefully pick up quickly. It’ll be sad to leave the Bay Area, but we’re onto a new adventure and I always love learning a new airspace!
More to come soon….