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Runway in sight
The Foggles are off

NAME: Tommy
Condon
AGE: 19
EVENT: Instrument
checkride
WHERE: Billings
Logan International
Airport (BIL),
Billings, Montana

I HAVE BEEN told time and time again that the instrument rating is by far the most important of all. I
never doubted any pilot who told me this, especially
after my first flight in instrument meteorological
conditions in the right seat of Cessna 402. Having
clouds all around with the potential for icing fascinated me, and from that moment I could see why the
instrument rating is so important, especially when
you fly in Montana.
Throughout my second semester at Rocky Mountain College I have never been so eager to go up and
fly only to put on Foggles once airborne. I hear most
people are sick of the instrument training before the
halfway mark, but I couldn't seem to get enough.
Every night before my next lesson I would fly on
my flight simulator in simulated IMC and fly each

Passed my checkride!
In eight months and 41 hours
I PASSED MY checkride today! It took me just
over eight months and 41 hours of flight time. I'm
excited for new adventures that lie ahead! Last
night I thought about all the people and resources
that helped me. AOPA was definitely a huge part
of my success. From the magazine with the wellwritten articles and practice test questions to the
e-mail knowledge tips and the great iphone app
that I use all the time, it all helped to make the
journey easier. AOPA was a great choice and a
great investment in my success.

approach that was specified for my next lesson. I
felt like a true airline pilot, dialing in and listening
to navaid frequencies and being "cleared for the ILS
Runway 28R approach."
The best part of my instrument training by far is
when I take off my Foggles and I am right on centerline when flying the ILS to minimums. It is the best
feeling knowing you can navigate an airplane from
takeoff to landing with practically never looking
outside. I was able to finish my instrument training in about five months, and I am very happy to be
instrument-rated since it will be a huge factor the
rest of my flying career.
Share your experience on Flight Training's Facebook page
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Chris Depue
AGE: 42
EVENT: Private pilot
checkride
WHERE: East Kansas City
Airport (3GV),
Grain Valley, Missouri
AIRPLANE: Cessna 172
NAME:

CFI THOMAS ALWARDT (left) and Chris Depue.

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