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Trainee Pilot - Tooradin (YTDN) Victoria

Discussion in 'Just Landed...Welcome' started by TurboJetta83, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. TurboJetta83

    TurboJetta83 New Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've just started flying training with Aus Air Services (Tooradin Flying School) at Tooradin Airfield (YTDN). Finally undertaking my boyhood dream of becoming a pilot.

    Just want to express that this is a fantastic site and place rich with valuable information. I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning from all the experienced (and similarly new) pilots within this community.

    Happy Flying,
    Jack
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  2. dazza 38

    dazza 38 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Mate.
  3. alf jessup

    alf jessup Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Jack,

    Enjoy you pilot training mate and i'm sure once you got your licence you will be an expert at crosswing landings training out of Tooradin

    Cheers
    Alf
  4. gareth lacey

    gareth lacey building a COBRA 130 First Class Member

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    Welcome Jack
    im a newbie too only 16 lessons in and loving it cheers Gareth
  5. JabiruWeekendWarrior

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    Welcome Jack,
    I learned to fly at Tooradin, It may take a little longer to learn due to constant crosswind.
    The crosswind become reassuring after awhile and I find landing straight into wind harder.
    In your profile aircraft is J170, What aircraft are you having lessons with, J160/ J170.
    The J160 floats less on hot days.
    Ron
  6. TurboJetta83

    TurboJetta83 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.

    I'm getting the feeling that I'll be contending with cross-wind landings rather frequently. Oh well, the more experience the better.

    Gareth, you're a little bit ahead of me - glad you're loving it, I'm certain that I will be too. I already am!

    Ron, my first lesson was in the J170. I'm not sure if all my training will remain on the J170, or whether I'll have some lessons in the J160 also.

    Cheers,
    Jack
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    You will end up a better pilot than those who constantly shy away from cross-winds and then get caught at an aerodrome with no into wind runway, often with a poor outcome.

    As you progress past solo, take the opportunity to fly in all sorts of (safe but challenging) weather conditions while you have your instructor on-board to guide you.

    Congratulations on commencing fulfilment of your dream.
  8. Wayne T Mathews

    Wayne T Mathews Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Jack,

    There's a lot to be said for learning in a crosswind... When I went for my initial license check (a long time ago now), my instructor was sweating it wouldn't be a calm day, for he'd not been able to show me how to land in calm conditions... And I'm still saying a lot about it.

    :wink: :happy dance: :thumb up:
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    Hello Jack,

    Welcome to the site, and glad to hear you are enjoying your training. Keep us informed about your progress!

    Cheers
    Neil
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    djpacro Well-Known Member

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    Every landing is a crosswind landing, just that sometimes the crosswind component is nil.
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  11. TurboJetta83

    TurboJetta83 New Member

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    David, Wayne, Neil and djpacro - thanks for the warm welcome and encouragment. My desire is to be the safest pilot I can be - so I'll happily embrace the early challanges of cross-wind ops.

    Cheers,
    Jack
  12. gareth lacey

    gareth lacey building a COBRA 130 First Class Member

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    Hi all
    today at 8 am i had another circuit lesson, finally on last2 landings i got it right my CPI said ,thats what i want its all coming together (at last)
    see you in friendly skies Cheers all Gareth
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    Tomo "Young Enthusiast"

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    Welcome Jack!!

    Glad to hear you're enjoying the journey, it's a challenging one at times, but highly rewarding.
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    Gday Jack,
    Good strip to learn at. Cross wind 90% of the time (book early flights initially) Right & Left circuits & a cross grass strip for engine out practice.
    Have fun
    H
  15. TurboJetta83

    TurboJetta83 New Member

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    Hi Tomo and MrH,

    Thanks for the enouragment and advice. :smile:
  16. pookemon

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    Welcome Jack. We've got 3 runways here at Ballarat - all of them Crosswind! The other day I had to take off with nil Crosswind - and it just felt weird! I find Crosswind to be seriously good fun - so by the sounds of it, you'll have a ball!

    Good luck with your training!

    EDIT: I just had a look at Google Maps - what a great part of the State to be flying! I love where the Heli pad is. :)
  17. TurboJetta83

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    Hey Pookemon, and thanks for the warm welcome.

    I know Ballarat Aerodrome - visited it (by car) several times. I've got some family who live nearby in Beaufort. I'm looking forward to visiting them down the track, flying into YBLT. Should shave off a couple of hours travel time when the day comes.
    Tooradin's surrounds certainly are very picturesque - a good thing I'm only 20 minutes drive from the airfield too. :)

    I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into some good cross-wind ops... However, the weather this weekend doesn't look favourable for flying at all... Might have to wait another week... Damn!
  18. pookemon

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    You could even fly into Beaufort (Raglan Airport) - though it's not quite as big as Ballarat. :)

    Weather wise this summer has been pretty ordinary. Wind, wind, wind and more wind. Plus the occasional bit of fog (!?!) and storms (with wind). I'm looking forward to winter!
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    Agreed, very poor weather!

    I didn't know about Raglan Airport - good one to remember! :)

    Is that a Karatoo under construction in your display pic?
  20. pookemon

    pookemon Active Member

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    Sure is - though it's been sitting mostly idle for the last few weeks (too hot in the shed or lacking some parts). It's a good way to spend the time when I'm not flying. :D Here's my build log....

    http://karatoo.southurst.id.au

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