In 1987, my life's tectonic plates shifted and opened up things I'd forgotten I'd been longing to explore. Flying was one of them. These are some of my stories of learning to fly, including correspondence with an experienced pilot who coached me.


Airborne: an unusual intro to flight
First Solo
Navigation by Chart & Compass
Instructor - Student Fit
Flight Planning
Complex & High Performance
On Advanced Instruction



Why Instrument?
In-flight Decision-Making
Frustration & Breakthrough
Simulators: how they helped me
Clearances & approaches
Working ATC
Approaching the NDB
Learning Tired
IFR Lesson - A Better One!
Expecting IFR Routings
IFR Cross Country: in-flight trouble and debrief
Checkride insights
Final Prep
My IFR Checkride

Next: First flight
Judy & JJ
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