Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ready for the FAA Checkride

I already have my Australia privileges recognized here in the States (which grants me an FAA certificate). This allows me to fly as long as my medical and flight review is valid.

Problem with this is that my medical and flight review expirations have passed, so it meant no flying for me.

The FAA are reasonable in that I was allowed to get a medical here in the US and they adjusted my file to allow me to fly on the third class medical so long as the Australian flight review was valid.

This is all well and good until that period of time expired and according to CASA regulations, I could only take a checkride with an Australian CFI and in Australian airspace. (So I couldn't find an Aussie CFI on holidays in the US and do the checkride).

Due to the extra complexity in gaining new ratings and certificates as well as owning an aircraft here in the US and also maintaining my flight review currency back in Australia; this prompted me to just pursue my full FAA certificate by passing the written (I got an 88%. A few silly mistakes), doing a Private oral and checkride.

I have spoken with a few DPE's and will get this done over the next week or so, pending weather.

Monday, May 23, 2011


I am now in possession of RV10 plans for my birthday. A great 4 seater aircraft from Vans.

I've spoken about building an aircraft, which was going to start with the RV7 however my general "mission" when flying has changed somewhat.

The house I made an offer on that I expect to get has a great two car garage which will more than suit the building of the 10.

I will be in Maryland tomorrow, so I am also taking the opportunity to grab a ride in an RV10 with Mitch from Vans.

Aside from the building, which will take me a few years, I'm also looking to get a C182 or start a flying club with a few people I recently met at a Pilots of America forum FlyBQ at Wings field (KLOM).

The plan would be to start the building within the next 6-8 months as well as buying a 182 to take care of the interim flying.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Getting started again

Hello again!

It seems I have lost all of my followers since I stopped blogging a few years ago, but that was to be expected, so lets give you guys an update.

- I live and work in the USA as per what some of my old posts mentioned.
- I am a green card holder, so my stay here will be of a very long duration.
- I did have my Australian flight privileges converted to an FAA license

Some newer items that I will cover in detail over time include the re-starting of my aviation podcast (it used to be rated #3 in the aviation podcasts category) which will cover the conversion to a full FAA license, going over some of the differences between CASA and FAA regulations as well as bringing topics on my instrument rating training.