Earning Wings: Flight 27 – Solo Landings and Heavy Traffic

In Brady’s last few flights, he noticed the Remos flew differently without a passenger so he wanted to go up to practice, practice, and practice some more solo landings. It was International Young Eagles Day the weekend of this flight, so the airport was quite a bit busier than when he normally flew during the week. This was a great example of one of the many unexpected lessons, those real-life experiences, Brady encountered in his training that helped him become a better pilot. Sometimes the best lessons are the ones you can’t plan for.

So, what’s left? Below are the requirements for a sport pilot certificate. All that remains is one more hour of solo flight and some flight time with the flight instructor to review for the checkride.

✓ 20 hours of flight time including:

✓ 15 hours of dual instruction

__ 5 hours of solo time

✓ 2 hours of cross-country dual instruction

✓ 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop involving traffic pattern

✓ A solo cross-country flight over 75 miles with full stop landings at two points with one leg longer than 25 nautical miles

✓ Ground training from instructor or home course

✓ FAA knowledge test

__ 3 hours of dual test preparation with instructor in the preceding 60 days of practical test

__ Checkride! (FAA practical test)


This is a video series that details Brady Lane’s experience (EAA 808095) and process in learning to fly and earning his sport pilot certificate. These were recorded in 2008 and 2009, but remain relevant today for anyone learning to fly.

Previous posts:
About This Video Blog
Getting Started
Selecting an Instructor
Brady Has an Instructor!
Actively Waiting
First Day of School
In the Remos G3-600
First Flight
Steep Turns, Slow Flight
Stalls, Steep Turns, Slow Flight
Stalls, Stalls, and More Stalls
Ground Reference Maneuvers
Talking to the Tower
Practicing Emergencies
More Landings
Stalls & Crosswind Landings
The Learning Plateau
Back in the Air
Gaining Confidence
First Solo
Making Good Decisions
Ready, Study, Sleep
Back in the Air
Stalls, Slow Flight and Landings
Crosswind Workout
Practice, Practice, Practice
First Cross-Country
Short, Soft Field Landings
Class C Airspace
On the Numbers
Second Solo
First Solo Cross-Country

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