This summer has been perhaps my best summer ever. While summer officially began a week ago, I’ve been making a lot of progress on projects I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time to. So far I’ve picked up the guitar, got into serious shape (close to being shredded…), hiked a few times up north, road tripped mostly around New England, Toronto, and Montreal, got rid of most of my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and read almost a book per week. I’ve also been attending more meet-up groups in order to stay in the loop on new programming paradigms, AI, and machine learning.

Most exciting, today, I took the first steps in getting a private pilot license, which are getting an aviation medical exam (AME) as well as applying for a student pilot certificate through the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) website.

Before going to the exam, I completed the FAA MedXPress application, which is pretty simple. The medical exam is just like a physical with a few more tests for hearing, vision, and color. The fee was $150. This is the only fee I’ve had to pay at this point, but I’m sure there may be more coming.

I’ve been doing a lot of research and most of it is available through a simple google search. I’ve always been fascinated with airplanes since high school and always wanted to build airplanes, but my career of course took a different path towards writing code.

I will update this post as soon as I get the actual physical certificates in the mail, which should take a couple weeks. With due time, I hope to complete my private pilot certificate and become a real pilot.