How to Become a Sea Plane Pilot with Fred Welsh

In this podcast Fred describes how he became a sea plane pilot. As the host, I know almost nothing about the subject. Therefore, we approach the subject from the perspective of a novice. I hope you find this useful if you’re seeking to become a recreational pilot. Enjoy!

fred and his sea plane

Fred Welsh is a friend I met in 2010 when I first visited Australia. On that trip he taught me to surf and showed me a great time in Yamba, Australia. He is awesome.

sea plane parked in the sea

How to Become a Sea Plane Pilot Time Stamps

  • 6:50 – History & Categorization of Recreational Pilots Licensing
  • 8:30 – Understanding the Cost and Process of a Recreational Pilots License
  • 15:10 – On the Economics of Purchasing an Airplane
  • 17:00 – The Benefits of a Sea Plane
  • 24:30 – Thoughts on Securing, Parking and Operating a Sea Plane
  • 28:30 – Sea Plane Endurance
  • 31:12 – Radio Communication Endorsement
  • 33:20 – Why Fly?
  • 40:00 – On Sea Plane Speed
  • 40:30 – Why a Sea Plane is Better than a Trailer/RV
  • 42:20 – Mapping out Sea Plane Adventures
  • 48:17 – Can You Do Work on Your Own Plane? – Maintaining a Sea Plane
  • 54:07 – Can Australia Sea Plane Pilots Fly Internationally?
  • 1:06:04 – Where You Inspired by Jimmy Buffett?
  • 1:16:40 – Lifestyle Questions – Weddings in Australia
  •  1:17:15 – The First Step to Becoming a Pilot

bobble head sea plane view

We call that tiger county. It’s when there isn’t anything down there to land on and you just hope nothing goes wrong

two sea planes at rest

It is a life or death situation. If you run into a huge storm, it can put you down hard. If in doubt, you stay home.

sea plane view of a whitsunday island

The pay-off for me is… I’ll say to my wife, “I think the whales are breaching today, let’s fly out and have a look.” You see sharks and dolphins… the rewards outweighs the costs of getting a license and a plane.

sea plane landing in the sea

When you’re flying long distances, you want to make sure you have plenty of room where you don’t have to get back for something.

two sea planes over the sea

Out of all of Australia, there are only 100 sea plane pilots. Of that, only 70 are operational. It’s a very, very small fraternity of pilots.

sea plane view of whitsunday islands in australia

The beauty of my category is that they have made the books more easy to understand for laymen. I found it enjoyable and not overly difficult. I found the process of learning to be exhilarating.

sea plane view of the gold coast

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sea plane view of the beautiful whitsunday islands

A Note on the Sound Quality Of This Podcast

I apologize for the poor sound quality on this one. Fred and I spoke while he was in Australia and I was in the United States. We suffered during the conversation because there was a second delay from us speaking to when the other would hear. Also, I failed to record split tracked. None-the-less, I think the conversation was interesting enough to publish despite the low quality.

I’ve sorted it out. Next episode will be better.

Episode One of the Question Mark Podcast

Welcome to ? a podcast about art, adventure, enterprise and more.

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This first episode is me my attempt at a unique podcast. Currently, I have three formats in mind:

1. Traditional Interviews

Traditional interviews will be around an hour where we learn about interesting people who have interesting behaviors. These interviews will focus on the subjects of art, adventure and enterprise.

2. The Linked Series

The idea for the linked story started on the Nomad Cruise while I was talking with my friend Becky. We parted ways in Dubai and she took one of my microphones. We did a podcast while she was in Chiang Mai and I was in Bangkok. Now that our conversation is complete, Becky will pass the microphone onto someone who she finds interesting.

The great thing about this is that the guest selection will be entirely up to Becky. Once Becky hands the microphone to someone else, that person will be the next person to be in charge of guest selection.

I hope they pick interesting guests.

3. ? Riffs

Question mark riffs are segments where I splice together a collection of interesting audio based on a theme. I’ll attempt to provide some context and commentary to link them together.

For instance, I hope to do one on investing in which I can pull audio from people like Ray Dalio, Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban. Other topics could include:

  • Surfing
  • International relations
  • Mountain climbing
  • Style
  • War
  • Country Reports

…or whatever else I become inspired by.

The following podcast is a rough example of how a ? riff would sound like:

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In my last podcast (the Love Affair Travel Podcast), I never heard back from the audience. That was a huge problem. My statistics were telling me that around 1,500 people were listening to each podcast episode, but I never heard from anyone. I think that is largely responsible for why I stopped creating them.

If you’d like to be part of the solution, please let me know who you are and where you are listening to the show. You can either email me an .mp3 file ([email protected]) or you can click the image below:

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Episode Credits

Tribute Page to Jimi Hendrix – Responsive Web Design Project

In this tutorial, I work through creating a tribute page as part of the responsive web design project requirements for Free Code Camp. I completed this project a long time ago, but this time it’s different. This time, I record my process for writing the page and pushing it to production.

I think this is a good tutorial for combining the things we learned in the responsive web design certification curriculum. That covers basic CSS and HTML. This is a beginner project, but it provides the path to go from writing your first HTML code to pushing it to the internet.

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How to get the Last 15th of the Month Using Ruby

How do we compare date times from now against the 15th of last month?

how to make conditional statements since the 15th of last month

I’m  writing a program which assigns episodes to invoices based on the time the episodes were created. Each episode’s publishing date is recorded as follows:

pry(main)> most_recent_episode_publishing_date = Episode.last.updated_at
Episode Load (0.6ms) SELECT "episodes".* FROM "episodes" ORDER BY "episodes"."id" DESC LIMIT $1 [["LIMIT", 1]]
=> Mon, 26 May 2014 18:23:36 UTC +00:00

The above code tells us that the last episode was published on May 26th, 2014.

We save that date object which we can compare against the 15th of the previous month. First we need to get a date object for the day of the 15th of the previous month. Here’s how we do that:

pry(main)> now = Time.now
=> 2019-10-28 13:05:17 -0700
pry(main)> the_15th_of_last_month = Date.new(now.year, now.month, 15).prev_month
=> Sun, 15 Sep 2019

Now that we have the 15th of last month saved as the_15th_of_last_month and the most_recent_episode_publishing_date, we can compare them to know if this episodes is more recent than the last 15th of the month:

pry(main)> most_recent_episode_publishing_date > the_15th_of_last_month
=> false

This means that our most most_recent_episode_publishing_date was published before the 15th of last month. As I only want episodes published in between the last 15th and today, I’ll not add this to the Invoice association.

The logic can be flipped around however you want to use this tool. Enjoy!