Choosing the Right Flight School

So you’ve made the decision that you want to start flying. Firstly, AWESOME! It’ll be an achievement that will be well worth the effort.

Now it’s time to choose a flight school but where do you start? That was my exact question when I was first starting out so I’ve compiled this blog entry in hopes to help some of you ease the process.

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Why do you want to fly?

Are you wanting to become a commercial airline pilot, bush pilot, work for the government, or have you just watched Top Gun a little too many times. Whatever the reason the first step is to figure out what your ultimate goals are with flying. Then you can outline your expectations and start charting out timelines for yourself. Be realistic with your timeline, taking into consideration your budget and what time will allow. This will prove useful because seeing it all written is different to imagining it in your head.

Part 61 and Part 141

New students always want to know, “What’s the difference?” Trust me I also struggled with this question. Firstly, looking at the word ‘part’, it refers to the part in the Federal Aviation Regulations that outlines the requirements for pilots, flights schools, etc.

Part 61, although follows FAA practical test standards, is less strict and allows a flight instructor to be more flexible with their training. Part 141 is more regimented and the flight school must have FAA approval for their curriculum, syllabus, and lesson plans. These plans are constantly reviewed giving continuity to your learning.

An easier way to help make the decision refers back to the previous paragraph. What are you wanting to do when you become a pilot? If you’re thinking of going to aeronautical college they require a Part 141 curriculum. In addition, if you’re career driven then a scheduled training environment will be more beneficial. Not to mention that you can decide to take your practical test with fewer hours. For example, a private pilot license requires 40 hours of training for Part 61 but only 35 hours for a Part 141.

CFI teaching

Do your research.

  • Research flight schools in your area. I would first start online to get a feel for each company’s values, characteristics, and success rates.
  • Once you’ve narrowed down your list talk to flight instructors at the schools, talk to their students, ask about teaching styles. Ask to look at their contracts so that you can know all the rules and not be surprised.
  • Walk the airport. What is their aircraft availability? How many instructors do they have employed at the current time? Is there a high turnover rate? There is nothing worse then bouncing from teacher to teacher. It’ll hurt your budget and cause frustration. How is the location of the airport? Meet the maintenance crew, you are putting your life in their expertise.
  • Ask the flight instructors what their goals are? You’ll find that some are only there to rack up hours to proceed with their next career move. This doesn’t mean they’re a bad teacher but you need to ensure that they’ll be putting in the effort as much as you.
  • What resources do they have available? Any simulators on premises, ground school, partnerships with colleges or flying clubs?
  • Take a test flight. They’re usually under $100 and if you let the instructor know what your intentions are they will treat it like a lesson.

Top Gun Ground School

Ground School

I know we all would rather be in the sky then in the classroom but ground school is very important. Personally, you have to think about how you learn and what style suits you best. If you need a structured environment then you may want to enrol in a nearby college. If you’re like me and your work schedule is pretty manic then you can definitely teach yourself. Taking this path means that you have to be disciplined but it does offer more flexibility. There are plenty of study aids that you can look at to help you through the topics. Take a look at Jeppesen, Gleim, and the Pilot Store they will both online and paper guides. You can even use online websites to advance and challenge your learning:

  • Get better with radio calls with (Love this!)
  • Exams4Pilots let’s you take continuous practice tests
  • Jason Schappert is a best selling aviation author. His website and YouTube account is really great for breaking down particular manoeuvres and news in the industry.
  • AOPA Flight Training is full of great resources, also check it out for discounts
  • Look online to join aviation groups near you. It’s great for your learning to just talk about flying in general conversation. All that networking will pay off as well!

Your flying instructor will be willing to do theory with you at their regular fee of around $45 per hour. This can get rather expensive after a while. I was lucky enough to come across an aspiring CFI and we started talking and discovered we had common ground. I need to improve my theory and he needed to work on his teaching skills for his upcoming exam. As a result, I’ve improved my knowledge for free and he advanced on the skills he needed. Talk with your fellow student pilots and start a study group. A good pilot is always learning so better to get in that groove now.

Know your budget

This is probably the most worrying factor to consider. You have to take into consideration not only the cost of the actual plane rental but also the cost of your headset, ground school training, insurance, polarised sunglasses, your medical certificates, etc. There’s nothing more devastating then getting half-way through your training to only discover that the bank account is running dry. This is the time to get creative! I’ve heard of a lot of pilots moving back in with their parents, taking a second mortgage on their house, asking for a large loan, delving into their savings, entering the military route to provide for their family still, and tightening the budget. Several students offered their services of marketing, washing the planes, accounting skills, or running the administration part of the business. It basically comes down to what are you willing to sacrifice to fly. It is a long goal so you have to be prepared to put in the work and move forward with whatever decision you chose. I promise it is worth all the effort, time, and money!

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Valentine’s Day in Seattle 2015

Valentine's Ideas

So for all of you people who’ve been trying to discuss your Valentine’s plans with me here is a list compiled for you.

Underground Tour – Wine and Bourbon Tasting Event

Underground Tour Seattle

Northwest Symphony Orchestra – Valentine’s Concert full of love stories greatest music 

Explore Local Art – Ballard Art Walk & Central District Art Walk

The Triple Door – J’Adore Burlesque Show

Green Lake Park – Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash

My personal favorite – Cupid’s Undie Run

Dinner & Movie – Jason Aldous is hosting a pop-up restaurant & 50 Shades of Grey duh!

Tacoma Comedy Club – Comedy Benefit for the Autism Society of Washington

Seductive – Valentine’s Day Cooking Class & Dinner at Pike Place Market

Or, if you want to get creative….

Note Wrapped Flowers

Flowers and Notes

12 Months of Pre-Planned Dates

Valentine's Day Idea

A Cuddle Kit (can be personalized)

Valentine's Cuddle Kit

Love is Art Kit

Love is Art

Sexy Jenga

Sexy Jenga

Slutty Brownie Sundae – my favorite desert

The Londoner Slutty Brownie Sundae




Test Drive; Cadillac 2015 ATS Coupe 2.0T AWD

General Motors was kind enough to let me test drive their 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe for the past week. I’m definitely a mountain and outdoor girl so my Infiniti QX4 is perfect for throwing in anything and everything I could possibly need. So when they gave me an option of what car I would like my first thought, “Let’s go for speed!”

Cadillac 2015 ATS Coupe 2.0T

My current car is rather limited in the technology department and the ATS Coupe was just the opposite with an overwhelming amount of gadgets and buttons. After a week of driving this beauty, things I never thought I needed had now become necessities. The handsfree calling, built in Sat Nav, heated seats and steering wheel, HUD system, camera for when reversing, and CUE (Cadillac User Experience).They made my drive easier and more enjoyable. The seats were so comfortable they even helped my grandmother fall asleep within 10 minutes of a shopping trip. The snoring definitely ruined the ambience though. Thankfully the high-tec speakers were more that capable of drowning it out. Thank you Bose!

Cadillac car technology

I was impressed with how smooth it drives and it’s a really smart car. It alerts you when you’re getting too close to someone at a certain speed with a front panel alert system. Also, there’s vibrating seats which come to life when you’re getting too close to a barrier whilst reversing. When it first happened I was not expecting it and it stopped me in my tracks. Effective, no?

Test Drive Cadillac

Now this car is sleek and turned a lot heads, which was of course an ego booster. All of that aside the feature that I treasured the most were the brakes. I know how can I be focusing on something so basic when I’m driving such an incredible vehicle from a highly respected brand like Cadillac. But, in comparison to cars I’ve driven the Brembo four-wheel disc with ABS are in a league of their own. This coupled with the OnStar I felt incredibly safe and for me that’s massive plus.

Cadillac Brembo brakes

Cadillac OnStar Services

It was quite the talking point when I parked into my flight school and it drove like a pro on the dirt track.

General Motors Cadillac at Flight School

Yet, when wanting to explore the mud and mountains I was limited with space and utility of the vehicle. Not to mention I definitely didn’t want to get the pretty thing dirty. This made the car impractical for my lifestyle.

Sports Car Seattle

Perfect for a city lifestyle and with hard to find parking in Seattle I did enjoy the ease of a coupe. A great car for those needing a sports car and a great price point.

Thank you General Motors for such an amazing ride!

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STG Presents; Dirty Dancing at the Paramount

Work has been so unbelievable busy lately and even though I text my friends pretty much daily it’s not the same as chatting over cocktails or drinking wine at a slumber party (Yes I know alcohol is the basis of all my gatherings).

Dirty Dancing Seattle

So the girls and I heard that Dirty Dancing was hitting Seattle and we were sold! Personally, I’m a huge fan of dancing. A little cha cha can go a long way if you’re having a bad day.

Seattle Paramount Theatre

We hit Blue Acre first for some delicious seafood and then took to the pavement ready to get our swagger on. Out of the group, I’m the only one who has had the pleasure of going to the Paramount Theatre before. It’s so beautiful on the inside with all the chandeliers and ceiling mouldings. Another plus is the staff, they’re always accommodating and pleasant.

Paramount Theatre Seattle

We arrived right when the lights were dimming so we quickly scurried to our seats for the first scene, an introduction to the summer of 1963 and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ filling the theatre. We weren’t allowed to take photos or video but that’s perfectly fine because I was way too busy swooning over the Patrick Swayze look-a-like and his gyrating hips. I haven’t heard so many ladies hoot and holler since I saw Magic Mike at the movies. Honestly, these ladies were in the mood for some steamy high school slow dancing action!

Seattle Girls heading to Broadway

The actors were great and I was in awe of the singing abilities of the whole cast. Seriously amazing! It was a great cheerful atmosphere and definitely what was needed after a long hard week.

Dirty Dancing in Seattle We ended the evening at Olive 8, which is the bar within the Hyatt Hotel. Everyone ordered a glass of bubbly and we cheered to our refreshing evening of no stress. After having conversations about our grown up lives the low of the evening started to settle in around 10. I know an inconceivably late hour but with the next work week looming closer we all wanted a good nights sleep ASAP!

Olive 8 Seattle

So until the next outing I say goodnight!

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Superbowl 49 Reflection

Like most of you living in Seattle I was damn sure that the Seahawks were going to bring home another trophy. But, alas, they were defeated by the Patriots.

Seahawks Superbowl Game

I watched the game with a group of amazing people at Sport Restaurant and Bar next to the Space Needle. There were highs and lows throughout the entire game, not to mention the sporadic showering of Skittles. Even though the Seahawks didn’t win they performed incredibly well and demonstrated great sportsmanship. From Pete’s comments and the players shaking the hands of the competitors, the Seahawks proved they were a team with class. They are true role models!

Sherman shakes Brady's Hand

Even with the poor play that ultimately lost the Hawks their game, as I walked down 1st Avenue I could still hear everyone chanting SEAHAWKS! They had played well throughout the whole season and the 12th Man are still in awe of them.

As I reflect on the past year that I’ve been in Seattle I’ve loved the community that I’ve become involved in. The Seahawks are definitely part of that experience and I couldn’t be more proud of them!

12th Man Seahawks

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Seattle Seahawks!

Unless you’ve been out of the country then you must of heard the news that the Seahawks are going to the Superbowl for the second time in a row! Seattle is buzzing with excitement and I’m so happy to be living within it.

To celebrate this monstrous occasion I’ve decided to blog about how Seattle businesses are getting involved.

Firstly, and probably the best, KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn is offering a free bag of their #BeastCorn if you go into any of their Seattle stores dressed in your Seahawks gear. This stuff is delicious and the promo is only on today and next Friday so grab some before it all disappears.

Beast Corn from KuKuRuZa

Papa John’s is the official pizza of the NFL so of course they’re making some noise with their 50% off total pizza purchase! That’s insane!

Papa John's Seahawks Promotion

There has also been a huge increase in charitable donations as a result of the Seahawks winning. One the best ones I’ve seen is with Russell Investments. Every time Russell Wilson runs or passes the ball in for a touchdown this great company will donate $3000 to charity. Awesome!

Russell Investments Seahawks Charity

If you’re lucky enough to be going to the Superbowl game in Arizona then check out PrimeSport who are offering VIP and exclusive packages for Seahawk fans. If you’re going to go big then this company can make it the best experience for you.

Prime Sport and Seahawks Packages

Of course Starbucks is getting involved! If you visit a selected Starbucks you can have exclusive content including photo and video messages sent directly to your phone from the Seahawks Mobile App which they call the ‘Legion of Brew’. Throughout the past two years Starbucks and Seattle coffee lovers have raised $100,000 for the ‘A Better Seattle’ initiative. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Starbuck Legion of Brew

Come on Seahawks bring home another trophy so Seattle can beat last year’s 700,000 attendees to last year’s street party!

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Seattle Rocks the Runway

I was kindly invited to the fall runway show in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Upon arriving to the venue you can really see why it was chosen. The mouldings around the ceiling and vast ceilings was the perfect environment for a fashion show.

After sipping on some red wine and mingling we were called to our seats and Seattle Rocks the Runway began.

Rather than one designer showing off their collection we were treated to a collaboration of stores coming together to show off their new clothes for the fall season. The stores that joined us for the evening were; Nordstrom, Columbia Sportswear, Butch Blum, Eileen Fisher, Sandylew, Oska, Finerie+CoLab, Club Monaco, True Religion, and Suit Supply. My favorite runway looks was the men’s suits. I love a man in some tweed. I’m familiar with most of the brands but was pleased to be introduced to some new ones that I fell in love with.

I wore a DVF dress and decided to take on the trend of wearing my blazer as a cape. Perfect for those nights that are a little chilly.

I made quite a few friends, one is a great blogger called AikA and you can follow here blog here. We had a lot of fun talking about upcoming trends and reading through the great Seattle Met Magazine.

Enjoy the photos!

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Boeing’s Museum of Flight

For my 24th birthday I decided to have a low key day with the family at one of my favorite places, the Museum of Flight. The Boeing plant in Seattle and Everett are just amazing and definitely one of the places that inspired me to start flying.

Museum of Flight Boeing

If you plan on visiting the area clear your whole schedule cause there’s a LOT to do. There’s planes and prototypes from when flight was first imagined, a Boeing 747, and you can even tour the Air Force One during Eisenhower’s presidency. There’s simulators, #-D cinema, and tours.

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Boeing field is also a public airport so at their cafe you can sit outside and watch planes, jets, and Cessnas take-off and land. The whole family enjoyed it, especially my grandfather who is a fanatic.

Boeing field Boeing field planes

There’s also quite a few events going on at this place so make sure you check out their website to see when you want to go.

The museum is located just outside of Seattle so you don’t really have to worry about traffic either and theres tons of parking.

The ‘Big Stud’ airplane was quite a favorite among the men in my family.

Dad Boeing fieldGrandpa Museum of Flight


#LikeAGirl & #ShineStrong

I’ve never been so happy to see some of the commercials that are now being shown on the TV. I usually go do my errands or mute the TV when there’s a break from my show but because of Pantene and Always I’m sitting there totally enthralled with what is being broadcasted.

Their #LikeAGirl and #ShineStrong campaigns are so invigorating! The way they are presented is one that represents unity and helping each other in an intelligent way rather than some past efforts that may have come across aggressive. They’re so relatable as well!

My personal favorite is the #NotSorry commercial from Pantene because I personally do this on a daily basis, but not anymore!

Whilst training to become a pilot I have been overwhelmed by support and the help of people around me but I have also come up against some resistance because of my gender, which side-blinded me. Growing up I was always told I could do anything I wanted, which I presumed was the same with all girls but I’ve come to realize that this was a naive assumption.

Always one for female empowerment, I have come to realise that I could be doing more in order to support women around myself and to young girls who need positivity and confidence. So after experiencing this slight negativity I decided to channel my frustration into helping to find a solution.

So as my first initial act I’m helping Pantene and Always spread their amazing clips and thus, helping to inspire women around Seattle. I will continue to find ways to improve upon myself and help other women around me realize their potential, so watch this space.

Thanks Pantene and Always!

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Seattle Underground Comedy

Seattle Underground ComedyI’m a huge fan of comedy shows. I actually think that might be an understatement… ok so I LOVE comedy shows. Stand-up to be precise.

As you can see from my demographically scattered blog I’ve visited a few places and comedy shows are always something I try to visit in every country. Seattle is no different. I surfed the web and found this great place called Comedy Underground which had rave reviews.

Seattle Comedy Bundt Cake

My work shift is crazy at the minute so decided I needed a laugh. The best thing about this place is that they’re open 7 days a week! So I decided to go to their Bundt Cake show last night and I was very delighted with the cramping from laughter. The comedians were; Brett Hamil, Geoff Keith, Carl Powers, Jimmy Milts, Brian Moote, Sadie Blake, Albert Kirchner, Taylor Clark, and Jeremy Whitman.

Brett Hamil Seattle Comedian

All of the comedians had their own style and stories which were all brilliantly executed. It was a perfect date night idea and something to break up that mid week routine. Everyone should really give it a try!

I’m sorry for the lack of photographs, my phone ran out of battery from all of the sunny day pictures I was taking.