This Helicopter Pilot’s Minimalist Lifestyle: Part 4 (The Final Months)

The header photo for this final part is the only one I can find (I never intended on writing about this) directly from living in my office: the workout mat I tried to sleep on with my pillow and blanket. Now, my office location was about to change. This was not part of the original plan. Changing my office potentially changed the ability to keep this office-living experiment up. But, I needed to be smart about this and not jump into living in an office I haven’t evaluated. I was going to have to experiment with vandwelling (truck-dwelling, in my case) to give me time to safely assess the new office area for living.

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This Helicopter Pilot’s Minimalist Lifestyle: Part 3 (The First 100 Days)

I had discovered extreme minimalism, one-bagging, vandwelling, and office-living. I had chosen to attempt an experiment with office-living and had reduced my possessions to two bags. It was time to move into the office… Continue reading about my journey into these minimalist lifestyles with a look at the first 100 days of my office-living experiment.

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Say Goodbye To The Textual Area Forecast (FA)

I haven’t used the textual Area Forecast for flight planning since the early 2000s, aside from showing it to students for training. The same goes for actually phoning a weather briefer. I use the wide array of digital weather resources available to us from both official and unofficial sources for determining conditions for each flight, and I believe that all pilots should be comfortable and capable of determining this from these textual and graphical resources without assistance. Guess what? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is finally getting rid of the limited-utility Area Forecasts (FA).

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This Helicopter Pilot’s Minimalist Lifestyle: Part 1

A few months ago I published an article showing you my single-bag lifestyle when traveling for jobs/training. I have been living in an “extreme minimalist” mindset for a few years now, and experimented as well with “office-living” and “vandwelling.” Originally I planned to write a short book on the subject and discuss my experiments with these lifestyles, but I have since decided to turn this into a series of weekly blog posts, starting here with Part 1.

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Review of The Four Basic Levels of Learning

Certified Flight Instructors (CFI) are taught that there are four basic levels of learning: Rote, Understanding, Application, and Correlation.⁠1 There are other variants of these levels, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses this set in their publications and exams, so we will also. Let’s review each level.

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