• Freddy Rivera

My Head Is In The Clouds

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

I believe it all started when my dad would take me the airshows when I was a kid. That and the fact that he worked at Boeing. So I was kind of already around planes at a young age. But I didn't nearly have the confidence (nor the funds) to even begin thinking about actually flying. I just adored it from a distance.

It wasn't until my late 20's I finally had the itch to FLY. I'll put the blame on Microsoft's Flight Simulator for the reigniting. I was seriously addicted to the sim. So I decided to give it a try, taking it from the virtual world to the real one. Because now I had the confidence. And career.

The first thing I learned about flying was how easy it was to takeoff on that Cessna 162. The second thing I learned was how incredibly comprehensive the training and study material was. I think it was just a couple of flights in when I started to think to myself "what did I get myself into???"

I am NOT the study type. Not even close. So I knew this was going to change me if I wanted to finish this. But first I needed to change my way of doing things. Seriously....


I stuck with it. It got hard. The studying. The tests. And it got VERY expensive. Word to the wise: Don't ever let a flight school tell you it'll cost less that $10,000. Ain't gonna happen unless you've been flying since you were a kid and your parent was a pilot.

But now years later and what seems like a trillion dollars later, I'm finally in the end zone. Hours completed. Solo flights completed. Cross countries completed. Now for the final test. The oral exam and the check ride.

Is it weird that I'm more concerned about the oral than the actual flight? I gotta give a shout out to my very patient flight instructor Edgar at Corsair Aviation who's been training me for years now. Lucky for me there's been a little delay in the aviation world this year. Otherwise I probably would've lost him to the Airlines already.

My plan is to keep you posted on my progress... my goal is to have this completed before the end of summer. That gives me plenty of time to get these last few flights in the books. I'll be nose-to-book for the next few weeks as I prepare for the exam. But I just wanted to let you know where I'm currently at. So here we go! We shall continue... all the way to the end!

P.S. If you want to know more about flying / my flight school, please ask! I'd love to share more of my personal experience!

The Cessna 172 737QF specs here

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