I am currently a space physics doctoral student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in Fairbanks, Alaska.
This blog is my place to chronicle my thoughts as I earn my private pilot certificate in fall 2013 – spring 2014. I want to analyze my performance in each flight lesson (I pay too much per lesson not to) and writing about everything seems like a good way to process the information. It will hopefully also help me correct any problems/mistakes and give me reminders of things to look out for when I take the final checkride. I always wished to have been able to pick the brain of another student pilot – hear their thoughts throughout the training process before I started my training – and this is my way of providing that to some future student.
I’m nervous about braving winter weather during preflights, learning about wilderness survival (just in case), doing a final checkride in the dead of winter (will I even be able to see the taxiway line as I fly with the examiner?). Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some nice pictures too!
Blog name: Yes, I know almost all of my flying isn’t actually in Fairbanks, but ya gotta be based somewhere.
I look at this blog as a diary for myself. Please excuse spelling and grammatical errors. I’m sneaking in these blog posts while I’m supposed to be preparing for my PhD thesis defense/writing research journal articles. No time to polish my entries here.
I’ve always used my diaries to complain and to worry. This blog will probably be no different. I promise that I am a lot less insecure in real life 😉 .
You can learn more about me and my motivations in my first blog post. I receive notifications of all comments on this blog and do my best to answer questions quickly.
I think it goes without saying, but the opinions expressed in this blog are my own, not those of my flight school and very experienced instructors (I’m talented at remembering their words incorrectly/typing the wrong things here). I make no claims to the accuracy of anything posted.