tradford Posted December 9, 2013 Report Share Posted December 9, 2013 When I showed up at Blue Ridge Helicopters here in Atlanta in late August, my intent was to grab 10 or so hours so that I could presumably jump in the seat of a Mosquito ultralight without killing myself. But as I got into it, it seemed as though each hour of instruction lead to a new challenge that I felt compelled to conquer. Ground taxiing was great, but what I really wanted to do was to hold a steady hover on my own. Every time I felt that I was getting close - I'd spin off into the wild blue after a couple of seconds. I really beat myself up - thought that maybe some folks were doomed to never get it. Then came the day that I stuck and held. Wow! That day was huge! After that, it seems that some milestone was surpassed every few flight hours. I've got somewhere around 40 hours now and I occasionally get to fly a brand new R44 - even on photo tours (with a master CFI in the left seat), but hey, I'm doing the flying! I've been stressing big time over the PPL written test - studying almost every day and doing my best to memorize tons of data. And yesterday - I took the shot and scored 95%. I couldn't believe it! I would have soloed by now if the weather didn't suck, but that will happen on my next flight in a week or so.I've gotten to the point that I can actually see some light at the end of the tunnel. Not really sure why I'm doing it, but I have to say that I'm really enjoying the journey. I know that most of you have already lived these experiences, so you know what I'm talking about. There's a certain mystique about flying helicopters that makes it that much better. My family and friends are in awe. Just wait until they get to take a ride! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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