My name is Scott Brueckner. I took my first flight lesson on September 7, 1979 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
Since then, I've accumulated about 1,600 total flight hours and have earned an FAA Commercial Pilot certificate with Single- and Multi-Engine Land ratings along with an Instrument-Airplane rating.
My professional career of the last 30 years has been in Information Technology, but since 2007 I've also worked part-time as a banner-tow pilot. I've spent some 700 of my flight hours towing advertising banners on the east and west coasts of Florida.
After several false starts, I'm pursuing a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. Once I achieve that goal, I plan to develop this website as an aviation and flight training resource. I hope to combine my experience in technology and aviation to produce a website that's uniquely valuable to the aviation community.
Check back once in a while; I'll have something here eventually. In the meantime, you may enjoy listening to Pink Floyd's Learning to Fly. If you listen carefully, you'll hear a pre-takeoff checklist partway through the song. (Bonus: The lyrics are in the source of this page.)
Commercial Pilot Airplane Single & Multiengine Land
Advanced Ground Instructor
Well, I still haven't earned my CFI certificate, but I did take a step in the right direction. Today I got my Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) certificate. This authorizes me to provide ground training, conduct the ground portions of flight reviews, and recommend applicants for FAA written tests for any certificate or rating except instrument.
So legally, I'm allowed to provide ground training for someone learning to a blimp even though I don't know anything about blimps. Strange, but that's the regulation. And this is the same government you want running your health care?
Full disclosure: The AGI certificate is basically useless. After all, a CFI can do everything an AGI can, plus the CFI can teach in the aircraft.
I only did the AGI thing because one of the two CFI written tests I took was about to expire, and becoming an AGI fulfills the requirement for that test on the CFI checkride. So I essentially "cashed in" the test so I wouldn't have to take it again.
That said, I guess begin an AGI does give me some credibility to start presenting some training content on this site. Stayed tuned...