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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishcarbomb View Post
    how's it going? any idea when you're gonna solo???
    Sounds like it will be soon but I made him promise when he does he will let us all know so we can stay out of Texas' airspace
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Going great. I'm soloing in about... hour and a half, actually. If anybody here feels inclined to listen in (like, if you work at a bank and have nothing to do... not naming names), Listen to Live Air Traffic Control Communications | LiveATC.net, look up KGTU. Should be starting around 1900Z. I'm Tomahawk 9451T. It'll be the biggest thrill of your life.

    Oh, yeah, it doesn't pick up ground transmissions so well, so you won't hear me shouting into the mic at the tower once I land. "WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO"
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    congrats man!!! wear an old tshirt
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosstafari View Post
    Going great. I'm soloing in about... hour and a half, actually. If anybody here feels inclined to listen in (like, if you work at a bank and have nothing to do... not naming names)
    Hey now... That wasnt very nice. Just because I have been sitting at my desk in the Penthouse overlooking the beautiful front range on stuckmic all day doesnt mean I do nothing!

    Come to think of it, I think my phone only rang once so far today...
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Well, since this has become an informal blog for my private pilot training experience, I should probably keep this up to date:

    I soloed. Woo hoo!

    Most people I spoke with said it'd be like taking a hit of crack while riding a unicorn and winning the lottery, but I've got to be honest... it really just felt routine. Part of it was probably that it was built up too much... it took four times to actually happen, with the first shot running out of time because we were late to the airport and the next two prevented by poor visibility and strong winds (you need 3 sm and under 15 knots including gusts, and a front was passing through the area). By the time we finally got to it, I had been doing touch and goes so much that it kind of felt like I was 16 and drove my parents' car in the driveway. Cool to do alone, but not really too exciting.

    The next time up is another supervised solo where you just fly around wherever you want for about an hour. I'm thinking that'll be a lot more interesting. I'll go buzz the place I used to work at, toss an empty Coke bottle out at a tribe to inspire a hilarious two hour journey for their leader, stuff like that.

    In other news, the flight school just got its hands on a Diamond DA-20 Katana. Only a couple years old, and compared to the ancient Tomahawks and 172's they own, it might as well be an F-18. And at only $10 more per hour, you'd better believe that I'm going to switch over to it for the rest of my training. I convinced my CFI to check me out on it today and ohhhhhh baby mmmmmnnnnggggg yyyyeah. Incredible. Took that thing up to the highest I've ever personally flown a plane, cruising around above clouds, actually breaking 100 knots... yeah. Felt like I was actually flying.

    Don't get me wrong, flying any plane is good flying. You're sitting in a chair in the sky. But it was the difference between sitting on the torn up camping chair I keep in my trunk or a reclining, vibrating couch covered in leopard skin.
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishcarbomb View Post
    congrats man!!! wear an old tshirt
    That reminds me. Having tried four times, I kept wearing the same shirt... it got kind of... uh... well, see, that Tomahawk has a crack in something and it blows hot engine air into the left seat, making it about 20 degrees hotter... and I live in central Texas... and, yeah.

    So I just gave him a different one.
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    haha congrats man..i felt the same way when i solo'd...no big deal, felt like it was time. sounds like a cool deal with the diamond...

    just wait for the cross countries...no more maneuvers in the practice area, you actually get to enjoy flying for a change...
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishcarbomb View Post
    haha congrats man..i felt the same way when i solo'd...no big deal, felt like it was time. sounds like a cool deal with the diamond...

    just wait for the cross countries...no more maneuvers in the practice area, you actually get to enjoy flying for a change...
    Man, I'm giddy about it. I know the area within about 5 miles of our airport like the back of my hand, down to pointing out areas that have changed since the pictures that show up on Google Earth (I like to drive out to interesting places I see from the sky... found an RC airstrip the other day practically big enough to land on).
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    re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    There are so many birds around KGTU. Hardly an ATIS update will go by without "Caution, bird activity" tagged onto the end of it. Usually buzzards... I've had to dodge them on occasion. Today a girl who was in my ground school class threw one a few hundred feet away with her propwash. Ironically, her last name is Sullenberger... so maybe a strike and subsequent water landing would've been appropriate.
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    Re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    I do my second solo tomorrow, flying around wherever I feel like for an hour or so. I have no idea where to go, but it'll probably involve several trips over my old job to drop things on them.
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    Re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    come to hooks we can get lunch haha...i think its a little far for your local solo tho.

    and eclipse? is that a name for the diamond or am i going to put you on my hate forever list???
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    Re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishcarbomb View Post
    and eclipse? is that a name for the diamond or am i going to put you on my hate forever list???
    How about both?

    DA20's are Katanas... I realized mine is a DA20-C1, an Eclipse. I have no idea what the difference is; they look virtually identical. Still trying to get my hands on specs for both. We don't even have complete ones for ours, which makes weight and balance a little hard to calculate. Should you happen to know my plane's empty weight, please let me know.
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    Re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Well, for those who didn't see irishcarbomb's post, the plane I had been training in had an in-flight engine failure and was safely landed by a 17 year old girl who's been training at the school: Teen pilot makes emergency landing : Big Country : Abilene Reporter-News

    She did a great job. They were only at about 3000' MSL (around 2000' AGL), and those Tomahawks drop like rocks when you cut the power. Didn't touch the radio, didn't pull out the checklist, just aimed for best glide and guided it in. The field had grass all the way up to the wings, which ended up acting pretty well to slow it down.

    On a related note, glad that I switched planes. That same day, we did a flight. With the way reservations work there, had I not switched planes, I would've been flying it at that time... and I'd just as soon not have to crash land a plane.
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    Re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    no crap! that was THE plane???
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    Re: Learning to fly in a Tomahawk. And then an Eclipse.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishcarbomb View Post
    no crap! that was THE plane???
    Yeah. Ironic, eh. That's what you like to see, your former plane in the news for a crash landing.

    They took the wings off yesterday and were looking it over at the nearest airport today. Will probably fly it back home in a day or two. Not sure if they'll ever figure out what was wrong with it... but I ain't flying it anymore.
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