I AM OFFICIALLY A PRIVATE PILOT!!!! After days and hours of studying, I earned my private pilot license on August 15th!
I was extremely busy between my solo flight and my private pilot check ride. After completing my solo flight, I went on to complete solo cross country flights. I flew from DuPage, IL to Janesville, WI to Whiteside, IL and then back to DuPage. I flew this route two times for my cross country solos. Because the DuPage airport is located so close to O’Hare, I was flying underneath the jets that were going in to land at ORD. The solo cross country flights were a blast, and I even was able to hear ExpressJet on the radio frequencies! Once I completed these flights, I then moved onto my check ride preparations. I worked on flying fundamentals such as steep turns, slow flight, stalls, emergency procedures, There were quite a few days I would arrive at the training center early in the morning and stay as late as ten o’clock at night to make sure I knew everything there was to know about the airplane’s systems, the types of airspace, weather, and anything else I could have been asked on my test.
To say I was nervous for my check ride was a huge understatement. My check ride was completed in Gary, Indiana. I arrived to DuPage early in the morning to prepare a few last minute things such as getting the weather for my flight, and asking other students many last minute questions before CFI Paul Zapotoczny and I flew out for my check ride to Gary. Once we arrived, we met my examiner (DPE) and began with the oral portion of the exam. I thought I was prepared, but I did not realize just how much information I knew! It was such a great feeling to know I was so well prepared for this big day. After passing the oral, I then went for the flying portion of the exam, and completed a cross country flight, stalls, steep turns, emergency procedures, and then finished with a few landings at Gary. It was probably by far the most nervous I have ever been flying, and my legs would not stop shaking the entire flight, but I passed, and did very well! The flight back to DuPage was much more relaxing and enjoyable as I was not nearly as nervous and much more excited! The great day ended with a big celebration with my family. It will be a day I remember forever!
Since earning my pilot’s license, I have been checked out to rent a plane. My mother was the first person other than an instructor to fly with me! I took my mom flying to Rochelle, IL for her birthday, where we had dinner and watched skydivers for the evening. It was a lot of fun to show my mom just how much I have learned in such a short amount of time! I can not wait to be able to take the rest of my family flying in the near future!
I still can not believe how quickly I am completing the ATP program. I earned my private pilot’s license in two months and about a week! I have a lot more great news to share with all of you in my upcoming blogs. Thank you again to everyone that has been following along, and especially my family and instructors at ATP for all of your support!
My training does not stop at my private, it is now time to learn how to fly in the clouds!!