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I Got A $10,000 Pilots License, HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED!

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In 2015 we quit our lives in the city to buy bare land in the country and build a timber frame home from scratch with our bare hands, debt-free, with no prior experience. It’s been a wild ride of ups, downs, highs, lows, rain and rainbows, but we haven’t lost sight of our goals and have gotten further in three years than we thought we’d get in ten. Join us as we build our house, develop our rural property, practice traditional skills such as gardening and food preservation and go to even greater heights (literally) of exploring the world through aviation as a new private pilot!
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  1. palakaman


    2 tháng trước

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Sometime in the distant future I want to take the same journey.

  2. dave52732


    2 tháng trước

    Jessie, thanks for having us along on this saga. As you mentioned at the beginning of the video, acquiring a PPL was on my bucket list. I regret not making it happen. I know that flying the plane, controlling all the different circumstances would have been attainable, but listening to the radio chatter in the controlled airspaces would have made me nervous. I find it hard to discern what they are saying as most of them speak fairly quickly. Thanks for the ride along!

  3. nj anderson

    nj anderson

    2 tháng trước

    Thank you! That's the closet I'll ever get!

  4. Dave D

    Dave D

    2 tháng trước

    Congratulations 🎉 Jessie job well done👍 exellent professional video footage and editing. Very enjoyable to watch. Night flying has got to be a major hurdle the first time. Thanks and God Bless🙏. Jessie the AVIATOR😊

  5. Pat Rothlauf

    Pat Rothlauf

    2 tháng trước

    Congrats jessie



    2 tháng trước

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WHAT GREAT VIDEO 😂edited, produced, music, everything hit it out of the park 😎I watched it 2 times & I will watch it again .

  7. Shednanigans


    2 tháng trước

    nice video! great editing!

  8. Mike Schachtschneider

    Mike Schachtschneider

    2 tháng trước

    where are the updates inside?

  9. Israel Garza

    Israel Garza

    2 tháng trước

    90% of your vids are great, even the piloting vids. This one was boring, however.

  10. Joseph M

    Joseph M

    2 tháng trước

    How about bringing a plastic JUG to urinate in? Woks well, try it.

  11. C. Michael Martell

    C. Michael Martell

    2 tháng trước

    Wow! What an amazing video. Took me two sittings to watch it all but it was well worth it. I was both nervous and excited for you in all this. The night flying was amazing. Always my favorite time to be a passenger on any flight. Thanks so much for continuing to share with us all... If you two ever come back to Maine and have time, I’d really love to buy you both dinner in Portland. Cheers and congratulations.

  12. Alexis Brown

    Alexis Brown

    2 tháng trước

    Did he say "you just lost your engine?"

  13. userunavailable3095


    2 tháng trước

    Well done, Jesse. You both have an amazing gift for telling a story, but you knocked it out of the park on this one.

  14. Colm Griffin

    Colm Griffin

    2 tháng trước

    Well done on getting your pilots licence and great video

  15. sid not forgetable personality

    sid not forgetable personality

    2 tháng trước

    You can catch me on Facebook at Pope Sidney if you want to talk about maybe doing rotor wing flying.

  16. sid not forgetable personality

    sid not forgetable personality

    2 tháng trước

    I know how it feels my first solo in Army flight school in Chopper. See sights on the ground you can't see driving. After flight school which is nine months long I flew VIP's in Korea. Great sight seeing in Korea the two years there.

  17. Dave Lewis

    Dave Lewis

    2 tháng trước

    Great video...found myself unable to stop watching! Congratulations!

  18. Eco- Racers

    Eco- Racers

    2 tháng trước

    Congratulations Jesse on earning your pilot's liscence and your first child, hope you're blessed with many more.....Kudos

  19. Caveman's Mancave

    Caveman's Mancave

    2 tháng trước

    Nice. Congratulations.

  20. Chybear


    2 tháng trước

    Congrats on your PPL journeys Jessie, thank you for taking us along on the adventure with you. Your quite fortunate to be able to learn in the area you fly at and live in, as there's a lot of mountains there and that's great experience that flat landers don't get a lot of. Can tell that your instructor has invested a lot of time and interest in making your flight time as good as it can be for you. It's quite obvious he had a great interest for you to do your best, it truly shows. Take care brother keep the blue on top, tail winds and blue skies to you. Peace much respect.... Jay

  21. Rich Andrews

    Rich Andrews

    2 tháng trước

    Hey, your first solo could have been a LOT more exciting...

  22. Kriss Femmpaws

    Kriss Femmpaws

    2 tháng trước

    Jessie thanks for bringing us along. At some point I will be getting back into flying and solo it will only be 49 years in the making.

  23. David J. Kester

    David J. Kester

    2 tháng trước

    from one hoo can not reed or right to will.and knows he will never get to do this thanks for letting me get to see what it was like. and what you said about flying or having kids, I rember my dad telling me he wint to do this and end up having kids. I thank my dad and miss my dad 3 years now and I steel miss him. agin thanks for all the work you do so we can wach, butt you better get the top of the stars will not be long befor your kid is running over to see you coming up......agin thanks

  24. Robert Swann

    Robert Swann

    2 tháng trước

    Jesse, love this video! This is a singular accomplishment in anyones life, congratulations. We travel from southern Az to Sandpoint or Priest Lake, Cavanaugh bay. Our favorite airplane camping destination. Talk about self-actualization! You live in a very special part of the world, enjoy.

  25. j klein

    j klein

    2 tháng trước

    check out beachcraft Missoula fb marketplace

  26. Phillip Lopez

    Phillip Lopez

    2 tháng trước

    " birds fly , men drink "

  27. doug wyant

    doug wyant

    2 tháng trước

    A professional documentary quality of the best I've watched on VNchannel. Great job Jesse!

  28. manic mechanic

    manic mechanic

    2 tháng trước

    I love watching all your videos,all your videos.Became even more interested that you also became a pilot.I have started twice and stopped twice. Both times because of the 1 Child that we have. Started we (wife became pregnant), and started my business. Started child got Engaged now paying for a wedding which will end in June. It was very inspiring to see all your process, very motivating to see your completion. Once wedding is paid for will start again with a real plan of completion. I BLAME THIS ON YOU THANKS

  29. Navion


    2 tháng trước

    Hi Jesse Great movie! 😁 I just wanted to welcome you into your/our wonderful world of Flying. And thanx for taking the time on the video's fly and all the stuff at your home Scott

  30. Barnyard In Our Backyard

    Barnyard In Our Backyard

    2 tháng trước

    What an awesome adventure! Thank you for taking us along for the journey.

  31. Barbara Von Eitzen

    Barbara Von Eitzen

    2 tháng trước

    I really enjoyed this video.......really . Does your sis or Wiffee want to be pilots?

  32. Peter Eldred

    Peter Eldred

    2 tháng trước

    Great video, very impressive, love your work go guys go far!!

  33. Paul TeslaFan

    Paul TeslaFan

    2 tháng trước

    I’m confused I fort you was a pilot as I watched the video of you and your partner flying to the town where you lived when you was a child

  34. Stephen VanDyke

    Stephen VanDyke

    2 tháng trước


  35. Christine Mullen

    Christine Mullen

    2 tháng trước

    Congratulations, Jesse. Awesome video. So glad you were able to do this.

  36. Burke Mawby

    Burke Mawby

    2 tháng trước

    I have flown a lot with a life long friend who was a pilot at 13and rode a bike to the airport. Family and the generous life insurance policies kept me from the 10 hours he thought it would take me to get a pilots license. I so appreciate your journey and the personal significance of the result. CONGRATULATIONS!

  37. Mark Morland

    Mark Morland

    2 tháng trước

    I remember all the joys. Please go reward yourself with a bit of time in a Champ or Cub. Tons of fun, nothing like it.

  38. Fouled Anchor

    Fouled Anchor

    2 tháng trước

    Down votes? Must be a lot of envy and jealousy...I guess. Congratulations. I know what goes into getting your ticket. A lot of effort. Good luck, young airman!

  39. Joe R

    Joe R

    2 tháng trước

    Now you just have to build a runway and hangar after you are done with your house.

  40. Captain Arizona

    Captain Arizona

    2 tháng trước

    Great video! I got my ticket almost 2 years ago and experienced many of the same emotions, fears, frustrations and sheer joy that you expressed. Good stuff!

  41. James Luckow

    James Luckow

    2 tháng trước

    Thank you so much for showing you father got his pilots lisense a few years back and i never was a part of the process because we do not speak but i guess seeing this gives me a little respect for what he accomplished even if that is the only respect i hold for that man so again thank you sincerely a loyal subscriber yall are an insperation

  42. James Mitchell

    James Mitchell

    2 tháng trước

    Do you own/lease/rent or borrow this aircraft?

  43. Dave Bee

    Dave Bee

    2 tháng trước

    Congratulations on this huge achievement. Enjoy your videos. This vid was outstanding 👍.

  44. Jonathan Woodbridge Buys

    Jonathan Woodbridge Buys

    2 tháng trước

    I'm impressed Jessie! Well done that man!

  45. Robert Hutchings

    Robert Hutchings

    2 tháng trước

    Wow guys great video best documentary iv seen in along time maybe the best ever just absolutely loved it makes me wanna get a ppl now if i ever have the means but absolutely great video

  46. George Ewing

    George Ewing

    2 tháng trước

    This video gets five stars. I thought I was in the plane with you at one time. I had to take my eyes off the monitor and look around to see where I was.

  47. Len Harold

    Len Harold

    2 tháng trước

    I think that it is time to admit defeat on the house build and finish off the series by putting on the official North Idaho siding (Tyvek).

  48. Dennis Broadfield

    Dennis Broadfield

    2 tháng trước

    Jessie congrulations - you deserve it. Just one technical question. - When I leant to flyover 40 years ago, my base was at a mixed military and civilain airfield in Townsville Australia. Most of my flying was to visit folks who owned the massive cattle properties in the remote outback between the coast and Northern territiory border. As most of the airstrips I landed on where rough, bouncy, dirt any very short - all my instrutors hammered into me the need to land with accuracy on the piano keys, after a steep descent and large round-out, so we could always pin point exactly where we were landing and manage our speeds and descent angles accordingly. Even landing back at Townsville with its 8,000 ft runway we where always told to treat it like a short dirt strip, steep descent and land on the piano keys unless instructed otherwise. I noticed your landing technique was much more from the commercial aviation world - a much flatter approach and a float at least 300 ft past the end of the runway. I also learnt in a 182 and I'm intriqued to know if this is how light aircraft training is now taught as I notice a lot of younger pilots flying what I call commercial approachs in Bush aircraft.

    • Pure Living for Life

      Pure Living for Life

      2 tháng trước

      There no one way to land right? Everything must be considered. Wind gusts, gross weight, skill, runway conditions and length. Too fast is bad and too slow is REALLLLY bad. Teaching to land at published approach speeds half flaps reduces margin for error vs too slow (full flap, low power, steep angle) approaches. More float is better than a stall. As time progresses all pilots should learn zero def flaps all the way to full flap, forward slip landings. That’s not required to be a private pilot. The worst thing is a new pilot accustomed to low gross weight jumps in with all their buddies at or near gross and used full flaps on a hot day over the asphalt and rounds out too late smacking the runway. Instruction had become all about the numbers because the airlines have proven its more consistent. Over time the “feel” of it comes around and you begin to fly more by touch than by procedure. Most fresh private pilots have no business dropping into truly short strips. Those skills are best learned from experienced pilots. A true short field landing on a 8000 ft runway is really unnecessary risk. Full flaps comes with risk. Power on stall on go around while fighting heavy trim is a real scenario. Many pilots express that 20 deg flaps is plenty and puts less stress on the airframe. I think one thing we can all agree on is that every pilot has his or her style and we all fly different. The best we can hope for is to learn from each other and be the safest we can be in any given scenario.

  49. logan S

    logan S

    2 tháng trước

    I’d say awesome video, but that was straight up a movie. Very nice. Thanks for taking the time to film your adventure and the many hours of editing.

  50. Richard Thompson

    Richard Thompson

    2 tháng trước

    Well done video. I’m going to be starting the journey myself next summer. Can not wait.

  51. Jamie Aulbach

    Jamie Aulbach

    2 tháng trước

    I was stationed at the 36 Rescue Flight out of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane and I know all the places you fly over! As a native Idahoan please contact me I can provide so many AWESOME places to fly over.

  52. Harald Weltzin

    Harald Weltzin

    2 tháng trước

    I got my pilots license 50 years ago, then got drafted and haven't flown since. You did a good job of reminding me of my training.

  53. pagodagold


    2 tháng trước

    Stay tuned for the episode you folks build a runway on the property

  54. Traveller


    2 tháng trước

    This has been the best video on flight and becoming a pilot I have ever seen. If anyone is on the fence to taking the leap to become a pilot this will be the clincher. Believe it or not I have watched every video you have produced and love ( most ) of them. This was special, all your videos are informative, how to and how not to do things. Your ups and your downs baring every piece of your journey. I admire you two and the way you are proceeding on your own journey in life. I just hope you read this, so you will know other people really appreciate what you do. Thanks folks. BTW I had a choice of pilot or sea captain many years ago, I live on the coast so I chose the water but I always wonder how it would have been

  55. Charles Turner

    Charles Turner

    2 tháng trước

    Wonderful Job ! brought back my memories of my first solo , back in 1976 ! Bravo !

  56. J. S. Bridges

    J. S. Bridges

    2 tháng trước

    Excellent work on the entire video and reporting - and OUT-STANDING work, Jesse, on your achievement in completing your training and accomplishing of the near-monumental performance and processes required to get your Private Pilot licensing! Congratulations, all - around!! Achievement of life dreams in reality is the very best of life itself!...Thanks so very much, for taking us along with you on your journey to this achievement!

  57. dbrown4bbl


    2 tháng trước

    Stuff my CFI Told Me: I’ll start: “A good landing starts with a good approach.” Like a thousand times. Next?

  58. Susan H.

    Susan H.

    2 tháng trước

    Way to go Jesse and a big congratulation's!!

  59. kejay74


    2 tháng trước

    Jesse, What a wonderful synopsis of your journey to airman, SEL. So many experiences, so many stories, concentrations of life! While my journey was very different, I can absolutely relate to everything you experienced. My two most memorable experiences while working towards my private check ride were... 1) A zero ground speed controlled landing. Training in a PA28-140, landing with sustained winds of 52 mph straight down the runway! Had to add 500 r.p.m. in order to taxi from the numbers after touchdown. 2) First solo night landing, three whitetail deer darted across the runway about 1/2 second from touchdown. Too slow to fly, too fast to avoid. Right wingtip cleared the last deer by just (maybe) two inches! That teaches 'pucker-factor'! Both events were at the same airport (which no longer exists 6K1) and are forever etched in the memories of an old diabetes ridden former pilot. Above all else, enjoy the ride! Ken

  60. Justin Swinland

    Justin Swinland

    2 tháng trước

    In a bit shell. What does it take to be a pilot?

  61. JB Brown

    JB Brown

    2 tháng trước

    The brought back many memories. I enjoyed going through this with you. Thanks.

  62. Glen Cox

    Glen Cox

    2 tháng trước

    Thank you so very much for sharing this with us.

  63. Starrwizard


    2 tháng trước


  64. KoJo2017


    2 tháng trước

    My third leg on my three leg cross county flight was the coast of Alaska. Nothing but jagged rocks and ocean for over 100 miles. Definitely prayed the engine wouldn't quit until I flew into Sitka. What an adventure!

  65. John Bonner

    John Bonner

    2 tháng trước

    Nice work Jesse! Your accomplishment is one on my to-do list. Blessings friend :o)

  66. Jonathan Westcott

    Jonathan Westcott

    2 tháng trước

    Great job and congratulations on all life is giving you guys right now. It’s such a pleasure to see your life’s and I thank you for that:) keep up the great work

  67. Stephen Brown

    Stephen Brown

    2 tháng trước

    expensive hobby your dad was right .kids or hobby for most of us.

  68. Homestead Hopeful

    Homestead Hopeful

    2 tháng trước


  69. Mike Denning

    Mike Denning

    2 tháng trước

    Great job with the license. It is a great can learn anything you want and do anything you want. It taught me not to be afraid of learning something new or attempting something I've never done before.

  70. atomiczombie22


    2 tháng trước

    You must be so proud. What a great accomplishment 👍👌👏

  71. Watchful1


    2 tháng trước

    Wow...very interesting and fun to watch. Congratulations!!

  72. iryshrovrs


    2 tháng trước

    I miss that ski resort so hard.... Congratulations!!!

  73. brad busch

    brad busch

    2 tháng trước

    Well done you should be very proud

  74. CreekBoy


    2 tháng trước

    Great video explaining something that’s so hard to describe, the feeling of flying! To truly know you really have to do it!

  75. Terry W

    Terry W

    2 tháng trước

    Who are these trolls that dislike videos! What a crock! If you don't like videos then don't watch them!!!! See this on various channels. I watch certain channels because they are interesting trolls beware!!!

  76. Brady McClanahan

    Brady McClanahan

    2 tháng trước

    Beautiful remix of I surrender all at 8:32

  77. Mark Denney

    Mark Denney

    2 tháng trước

    Well I have been watching you since a weird trenching video. I have seen you guys grow and I am rather proud of you for many reasons. You put out alot of you in these videos and it shows. My son wishes to learn to fly and I encourage him to watch your shows. If you ever are in the Oklahoma area would be glad to shake your hand and congratulate you in person.

  78. Youtube4play


    2 tháng trước

    Hi from Australia guys!

  79. Karen R

    Karen R

    2 tháng trước

    That was FUN!

  80. Qualex Farms

    Qualex Farms

    2 tháng trước

    Getting your PPL is a waste of money unless you have a lot to waste. Everyone should get a ride in a small plane at least once, its great! That being said unless your going to make money flying don't do it. Im 60 been around planes all my life. Got my PPL before I turned 18 then I spent the next 12 years picking up pieces of planes and air crew while I was in the Air Force. I know flying is safer than driving. Jesse, there are some great small airstrips here in north Idaho that are a blast to fly into, just need to do a low flyby to get the elk to move first.

  81. Rene M

    Rene M

    2 tháng trước

    You guys rock, enjoy this video a lot!!

  82. Tom Sramek, Jr.

    Tom Sramek, Jr.

    2 tháng trước

    Congratulations, Jesse! What a great achievement, and a TON of work. I must admit, I thought you were crazy to take this on while also building a house (and adding a kiddo into the mix) but you did it. Best wishes from an Oregon neighbor.

  83. Douglas Stormborn

    Douglas Stormborn

    2 tháng trước


  84. HighFlight2k2


    2 tháng trước

    Great mini documentary. Brings back a lot of memories of the process. As much as flying never gets old, there was something about the time spent getting my private. Thanks for sharing!

  85. jrh4lo


    2 tháng trước

    1st...Congratulations Jesse. 2nd...whoever did the edit on this video,awesome!!!

  86. okie-dokie acres

    okie-dokie acres

    2 tháng trước

    I really do think you had a very good instructor and he loves what he is doing it makes a big difference

  87. Daniel Burgess

    Daniel Burgess

    2 tháng trước

    Nigh on unlimited resources does help. Just a bit.

  88. Level3-RC


    2 tháng trước

    Have you spent anytime on Microsoft Flight Simulator?

  89. RonKris


    2 tháng trước

    Very well put together. Great narration.

  90. Brian Hubbard

    Brian Hubbard

    2 tháng trước

    I got my VFR at seventeen then IFR at eighteen. I loved flying for over thirty years but now I am retired from law enforcement I enjoy traveling in my motorcoach. Flying is great but for so many years I would fly over America wondering how and what was happening between takeoff and landing. Now I enjoy the what i call, in between America. Enjoy your flying as much as possible, it's a blessing from God.

  91. Dwight Wheeler

    Dwight Wheeler

    2 tháng trước

    Hi Jesse, great video, I used to fly with my friend best friend Craig but we were flying helicopter Bell 206 I absolutely loved it watching you do your solo I had a lump in my throat it brought back so many memories for me, I have to give you two thumbs up, I am so proud of you guys, you both seem so dedicated to your life style, some day I'm going to come visit you and give both of you a hug and a hand shake, I wish you the best of luck with your future, and congratulations with the baby coming.

  92. Braxx Juventa

    Braxx Juventa

    2 tháng trước

    WOW! Great aerial shots! Thanks for sharing! 👍😁

  93. Evoasis


    2 tháng trước

    Next - Keep up to date on FAA Wings trainings (for pilot and AMTs) and attend free training at your local airports. License to learn~

  94. Vernon W

    Vernon W

    2 tháng trước


  95. Geoffers


    2 tháng trước

    Great vid and excellent editing. You're absolutely right - you would have regretted it for the rest of your life. I do. I had to stop as my father was dying, then lost my job so couldn't afford the lessons - one thing after another. Looking back there were things I could have done but didn't so to anyone reading this, please take a step back and see if there is anything you can do to make sure you absolutely cannot do this..... Good luck.

  96. Brad Taylor

    Brad Taylor

    2 tháng trước

    I fell below the threshold of vision ability. Without glasses, I'm blind. See well enough to drive on highway, but not see other planes. So I fly with friends.

  97. S Cv

    S Cv

    2 tháng trước

    My stomach was turning inside out watching! Congratulations 👏🎉

  98. Ronn Chase

    Ronn Chase

    2 tháng trước

    If there is an Oscar for VNchannel you just won! I have followed your journey for 3+ years now and eagerly wait for each and every video. At 71 I enter into every video with complete amazement of the love, passion and mature insight that the two of you have. You show us your playfulness, your blunders and your love for each other. You both should be on an inspirational speaking tour. Your the best! Thanks for including all of us on your life adventure.

  99. Blake O

    Blake O

    2 tháng trước

    Thanks Jesse, this was a great video. I've always wanted to get my pilot's license but it's just not an option for me financially. So, I can live vicariously though VNchannel pilots.

  100. Dawn MT Wild

    Dawn MT Wild

    2 tháng trước

    Awesome !!! You guys did a great job on this video !!! and one of your landings was less then four miles from a spot I hang out :) That was a really cool thought :)

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