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I went to an Air show at McChord Air Force base last
weekend. That was the first time I have ever gone to an air show. I
took my oldest son, and we walked down to the airfield. The first thing I
noticed was how many people were there. Since I tend towards being a
hermit mostly, the thousands of people made me a little uncomfortable. I
took my son to several of the aircraft there and let him sit in the cockpit and
push buttons. He seemed to have a pretty good time. We eventually wandered
past all the concessions and such to the airfield runway, and camped out for a
bit and watched several planes take off. C141's
I believe. Watched an A-10
Warthog perform some stunts, and then sat by as Paratroopers jumped from the
C141's that took off earlier. Walked around a bit more and took pictures
of several GA aircraft and some WWII Aircraft, including a Japanese
We decided not to stay for the whole show since we
had some plans for later in the day. We hung around until mid-afternoon
and then left.
I went out and found another book called the
"The Student Pilots Flight Manual Sixth
by William Kershner that looked pretty thorough, and have started reading it. I have decided to
stick with my local FBO since they seem to be the cheapest overall of most of the
local schools. I have, however decided to take a $99 Challenge from the Auburn FBO since it
provides 2 hours dual Flight and one hour Ground for around $99, which my FBO doesn't offer.
I also found out that they allow me to break up the time and take two lessons with the same time.
Since I am a larger individual, I have to get a larger airplane as I described earlier and that
brought the price up to $135 (after tax). I decided to rent a Piper Warrior from the school
so that I can have a little experience in that airplane before I go back to the Cessna 172's at
my local FBO.
I took a scouting trip to the Auburn FBO to see what they have, and found that they
have a nice
pilot shop. I picked up my first Pilot Logbook and a Seattle Sectional chart so I can familiarize
myself with the area some. I also spotted the Jepessen Private Pilot's Instruction Book
that I am determined to pick up next, or I might just buy the whole package online and save a
couple of bucks. My local FBO just has one small counter with a few supplies, but I
am going to have to order most of the supplies from the Internet.
I scheduled the $99 flight for Monday, and am getting pretty antsy. I keep my self satiated by
reading some more of the Kershner Manual this weekend.
Monday's Flight on a Piper Warrior...