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Commercial Pilot Land & Sea

I did it. Today I passed my checkride and am now one of the newest Land and Sea Commercial Pilot. I'm up at Sheble Aviation in Fort Mohave where I spent the last 3 days going up and down the Colorado River and Lake Havasu learning to land a plane on the water. It takes a spacial rating to do that. I also received my land rating. The flight school up here is really great at being very practical about what you need to know to be a competent pilot and pass the check ride with no fluff which is what I like.

Being a Commercial pilot and an Airline Pilot is a distinction that a lot of people don't make. I'm a commercial pilot meaning I can fly people or goods for hire. That doesn't mean I can start advertising for that though I have to be a charter to do that. What I can do with a commercial license are things like crop dusting, banner/glider towing, areal photography/site seeing flights, things like that.

I didn't fly this Beech 18 but I got to ride in the back on the first day

fueling the Beech


inside the Beech 18

This is day two and the plane I learned in is behind me called the Lake Buccaneer


my instructor and I

Lake Havasu 

doing touch-n-go's on the Colorado River on the way down to Blythe

Blythe Airport (BLH)

I flew up here because the drive here is 5 1/2 hrs and the flight is 2. But I should have just drove I was planning to be home on Friday night but because of high winds on Thursday we didn't have time to finish on Friday and had to be push for today. I got done this after noon and was prepping the plane to leave and one of the mags were bad (one of the 2 pieces that supply spark to the spark plugs) and since I was going to be flying into the night I decided not to go. so one more night here then back to Mesa after the mechanic fixes it tomorrow.


paula said…
So proud of you. Good job, looks like lots of fun.
missykac said…
Congratulations on becoming a land and sea commercial pilot! Your wife and son live with a totally awesome and smart guy! (Maybe a bit of a daredevil,too.) You know what you want to do and we're proud you're going for it.
Anonymous said…
How was Sheble Aviation? I am looking at getting my commercial soon and did not know if it is worth the money, but it is only 3 days. I am seen mixed reviews.

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