Posted by: Brian | January 2, 2010

Welcome to Runway 18!

Hello and Welcome to Runway 18!

My name is Brian and I am a student pilot flying out of the Maryland area.  I got my inspiration to document my flight experiences from several other aviators who did the same thing.   Prior to my first flight, I was extremely anxious, mainly because I did not know what to expect.   I scoured the internet looking for other personal experiences when I ran across Greg Summers over at Student Pilot Journal.   As a newbie, I not only got a feel for what to expect, but was granted unfettered access to the cockpit via Greg’s onboard camera.

With Runway 18, I plan to document my own personal experiences for not only myself to look back on later, but for those of you interested in a private pilot certificate and wondering what it will entail.   The plan is to have my HD camera in the cockpit with me, but it may be another week or so before that happens (possibly a bit longer).  I am waiting on a camera mount I just purchased, which should be in soon.  I ordered it from StickyPod, along with an audio cable to hook up to the headset for better audio quality.  I plan on passing on my thoughts, at a minimum after each lesson, along with a video podcast.   Thanks again for stopping by and shoot me an email with any questions you may have.

~ Brian



  1. So this camera and stickypad is a poor mans “black box”. 🙂 Just kidding. Good luck and happy landings!


  2. Yeah, as long as the camera survives, I guess that is true!

  3. I think it’s a great idea that you’re doing this…I should be doing it too to get over my fear of flying. Maybe one day 🙂 Have fun!

  4. Great Journaling, Brian. I feel like I’m right there with you.

  5. Well, I look at it this way…once you get your license and Laura allows you to buy a plane, then you can fly me to my battlefields. Cuts out a lot of time driving.

  6. Hey Brian, I am sooo impressed….it’s like Marci says, I am right there with you!

  7. Hey Brian, I just ordered a sticky pod mini, hope it works. I tried filming with my hd several times with a clamp on the dash (can be pretty shaky though) so hoping to minimize the vibrations by using the sticky pod directly on the windshield. Let me know if you have any tips. I’m almost done my PPL, flying out of Toronto:)

    • Kris,

      I use an adapter cable for my headset. I ordered the cable from Aircraft Spruce. Here is a direct link to what I got: Additionally, I have a small digital audio recorder that I plug into the adapter cable, capturing the cockpit communications. Let me know if you have any other questions! Congrats on almost being done with your PPL. The weather here has driven everything to a near halt over the past 3 weeks or so. Kinda sucks.


  8. How did you record the radio-chat????

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