The closest I had been to flying was playing with drone, which was fun .... But nowhere near the same as true flying. You can see some of my drone pix/videos here:
However, I was dreading the process of getting current... (My medical-=> expired; My instrument proficiency -=> Gone; My VFR proficiency -=> Gone; Even my logbook was "dusty")
But last month, I decided to get going!
The first step before anything else was to get my medical in order. Since I last flew, the FAA has created a simplified "Basic Med" that really is quite easy. But that does not let you fly outside the US, which I will likely want to do. So I found my local FAA doc and got the traditional 3rd class medical.
The next step was brushing up on all of the core aviation knowledge, which I thought I forgot. With the help of the AOPA "Rusty Pilots" info, that got me started and I was surprised how quickly it all came back to me... Maybe it was like riding a bicycle ;-)
Now it was time to get down to business with some Cirrus specific training. There was a bunch of online transition training material that I studied for a couple of weeks and then it was time to find an instructor and really get going.
I decided to reach out to one of my old instructors in Atlanta and scheduled an intensive long weekend to get current on everything at once!
|About to jump into the SR22 G6 with my instructor Sherri|
|The SR22 G6 Cockpit that I trained in|
After the initial few seconds of terror, I started playing with the buttons on the ground with GPU connected. They have added so much amazing capability into this cockpit it feels like a spaceship!
After a grueling weekend including lots of landings, approaches, etc I am now legal again!
Next step is to find a new bird of my own. The tricky part will be to find right plane with Turbo, A/C and all of the cool new avionics toys ;-)
As soon as I have my new plane, I am hoping to start making some more videos and reviving my Youtube channel.