Pilot Ian

Hey there! I'm a private pilot with ~100 hours behind the yoke. Here I am documenting my pursuits in flying. To fund this, I help brands with their creative and strategic marketing efforts (also within aviation). :) Say hi, and I hope you enjoy the reads.

The Phonetic Aviation Alphabet is Addictive

The Phonetic Aviation Alphabet is Addictive Aviation Phonetic Alphabet

Perhaps one of the most fun and entertaining aspects of becoming a well rounded pilot or avgeek is when you instinctually use the phonetic aviation alphabet in place of the normal average joe’s alphabet in your everyday life when people ask you how to spell something. Putting fun aside for a second, the aviation alphabet […]

8 Low Hour Pilot Jobs Ideas For The Newly Minted Commercial Pilot

8 Low Hour Pilot Jobs Ideas For The Newly Minted Commercial Pilot low hour pilot jobs

As I dig deeper into my interest in achieving a commercial pilot license, I have started to re-research what low hour pilot jobs there are for newly minted commercial aviators. There are some typical jobs that most pilots default to when they earn their commercial wings. The main one that typically comes to mind is […]

Yaesu FTA-550 Handheld VHF Transceiver Review

Yaesu FTA-550 Handheld VHF Transceiver Review yaesu fta-550 handheld vhf transceiver

It’s been about a year now that I have been the owner of a Yaesu FTA-550 Handheld VHF Transceiver radio. I thought with some extended use and an Oshkosh trip under it’s belt it was time to give the handheld a fair review. To begin with, I started my aviation radio journey back when I […]

How Long Does It Take To Become a Pilot?

How Long Does It Take To Become a Pilot? how long does it take to become a pilot

There are a few aspects of flight training that always make the curious pilot wonder most. Typically price is the number one concern when it comes to investing your life into your flight training. But for some hopeful students they wonder how long does it take to become a pilot. To give you a bullet […]

I Have a Fear of Flight Schools

I Have a Fear of Flight Schools flight school closing

Typically the most fear a flight student has when taking their flight training revolves around either an actual flight manuever or a certain flight exam. Those are logical fears in the realm of aviation, but mine is different. I have a fear of flight schools. Flight schools scare me to death. Whether large or small, they all […]

Instrument Rating Training Revisited

Instrument Rating Training Revisited instrument flight training

With the advent of my new motivation on this blog, comes the desire to start knocking out all of my desired flight ratings. As discussed many times on this blog, I am a private pilot and next on the docket is to complete my instrument rating training. Now, I feel confident about starting to document […]

Best Paragliding Alaska Videos I Can Find

Best Paragliding Alaska Videos I Can Find paragliding alaska

When it comes to Paragliding, I know just about as much as the next pilot (so not that much). It’s a different form of flying and one that I have always been so intrigued by. But the more intriguing thing to me is paragliding Alaska style. Not only is it Alaska, but it’s cold and […]

Svetlana Kapanina Aerobatic Pilot Epicness

Svetlana Kapanina Aerobatic Pilot Epicness Svetlana Kapanina

When it comes to dominating the skies, Svetlana Kapanina is surely to ring a bell in aviation’s top aerobatic pilots list. I remember stumbling across her performance on Youtube a while back, and as I began to dig back into the black hole that is aerobatic videos I rediscovered her. As a Russian aerobatic pilot, […]