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Kelly N.

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About Kelly N.

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  • Birthday 09/23/1970

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    Voice/Video/Data Networking vendor (think really big).

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    Raleigh, NC (KLHZ)
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    Hockey (Go Stars!!!), Telecom/Computer Networking (work in the industry and have for going on 15 years).<br /><br />Starting my training to be a commercial helicopter pilot. I know I won't get rich or likely make what I do now, but have wanted to fly helicopters since I was a kid. Finally time to do it.
  1. I'd like to report that I've been flying several times a week and getting close to my instrument, commercial ratings. Sadly, the reality is that work has taken a precedence for me right now and I'm watching my finances pretty closely. I'm still involved with aviation in general (between school work at UVU and some other flying related business ventures), however the actual flying part of the equation is blank for the past 3-4 weeks. That being said, I did get to go to the RHC Safety course from 2/2 - 2/5. I learned so much while I was there that I didn't really mind only getting about 30
  2. Thanks guys (JD/Heli.Pilot). I do appreciate the advice and it's the direction I'm leaning in. Kelly
  3. Yeah, that was/is my situation too. Three kids, single income family part time college, demanding job and still got to keep my lovely wife happy too (though that's not too difficult ). I got my private and now am starting down the road to my commercial and eventually CFI (still not sure about instrument now or later). It's worth the hassle, stress, money, and time. I love flying helicopters and I can wait as long as it takes until I'm flying for a living rather than working behind a desk. Kelly
  4. I should have read this thread first. I just semi-butted into another thread with this same question. . . I'll be there with another student from the school I attend. Definitely need to meet up and say hey. We're staying at the Ramada Inn. You? Kelly
  5. A bit off topic, but. . . Myself and a friend from the same school will be at the safety course from 2/2/09 - 2/5/09. If anyone else will be there it would be great to meet up. Thanks, Kelly
  6. Before I get into flying from the left hand seat let me relate a bit of a problem I was having. . . Autos were giving me headaches. I couldn't get my entries right and I had a major mental block about them. I tend to over-analyze things and I was going through auto procedures step by step trying to figure out an A to B to C process that I could repeat. To top it off, when my entry was o.k. I started diving or had issues with the rotor RPM. I was a basket case. So, I talked with a good friend who really has a handle on autos and he suggested doing multiple entries from altitude and recover
  7. About 80 for me (R-22). My CFI wanted me to go earlier but I don't like doing things unless I'm sure. I'm not really a risk taker I guess you could say. Of course, I do fly helicopters. . . I'd probably learn a lot quicker if I expected less from myself. I look at it from the perspective that it's all good experience and if it makes me safer in the long run, I don't care if it takes longer up front. Safe Flying, Kelly
  8. Happy New year from the east coast too!!
  9. Congrats! Greg is a great pilot and I really learned a lot from my check-ride with him. I've heard from others that he's examined who've had the same experience. Once again, congratulations!! Kelly
  10. Hi all, In case anyone else was wondering (although that may be a bit of hubris to think that more than one or two people actually followed my blog), I'm still around. Between a promotion at work, tightening the budget and some other activities going on here locally, I haven't flown for about a month. I plan on flying again this week and will be doing some solo time (I'll be taking it slow to make sure I don't do something boneheaded after having not flown for so long). I'll be at the RH Safety Course from 02/02 - 02/05 in 2009 with a good buddy so, I'm looking forward to that and wan
  11. Dear Rodrop, Ho ho hope you're doing well . I'm still around but, unfortunately, I haven't flown for about a month. Money's been tight and the school here locally has had some issues keeping 22's in the rotation. That combined with a recent promotion at the day job and it all adds up to about a month of me on the ground. I've got plans to start flying again this week, but it's looking like there will be few if any CFIs available to fly with in the coming weeks so, I guess I'll be building that solo time towards my commercial. . . I'll update the blog once I start flying again, but tha
  12. Congratulations Chaz! Keep up the good work. It's all worth it. Kelly
  13. Crap. I knew I should have scheduled the safety course months ago. I guess I need to stop procrastinating and get on the schedule. Maybe Feb or March. Have a blast guys and be sure to report back (especially if Witch wears the helmet and/or the flight suit). Witch, I dare you to get a tattoo of Frank R's face and then post it on your myspace page - drunk of course. Kelly
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