Flying Milestones

  • 11/2/2014: First Introductory Flight. Chicago, Illinois. Cessna 172N. My first time sitting in the pilot seat in a Cessna 172.
  • 3/19/2018: First Flying Lesson. Cessna 152. Palo Alto, California.
  • 6/23/2018: First Solo. Cessna 152. Three traffic patterns.
  • 9/30/2018: First Solo Cross Country. Cessna 152. Palo Alto -> Modesto, California. Was a bit rattled by some mountain turbulence and confusing ATC vectors over the Livermore hills.
  • 2/19/2019: Private Pilot Check Ride. Cessna 152. Sacramento Mather, California. Saw a Coast Guard F-18 in the pattern. Officially a licensed pilot!
  • 2/23/2019: First Flight Taking a Passenger. Cessna 152. Palo Alto -> Half Moon Bay, California.
  • 3/17/2019: Checkout in a Cessna 172. So that I could take more than one passengers.
  • 3/23/2019: Checkout in Chicago. Cessna 172N. Lansing, Illinois. First Chicago Skyline Tour Flight.
  • 4/10/2019: First San Francisco Class B Airspace Transition. First Bay Tour. (Did several dozens more in the next few months.)
  • 5/19/2019: First Flight in Marginal Weather. Dodged some clouds and some light-moderate precipitation cells.
  • 6/9/2019: Checkout in a Diamond Star DA-40. The most beautiful sunset in bay tours.
  • 7/28/2019: First Trip to Southern California. DA-40. 151nm to San Luis Obispo, California (KSBP). Went into reserve fuel on the return trip.
  • 9/6/2019: First Overnight Cross Country Trip. DA-40. 179nm to Shelter Cove, California (0Q5). Approach to Rwy 12 with very low overcast on top of the runway (but clear on the approach path).
  • 10/13/2019: First Night Cross Country Trip. DA-40. 133nm to Little River, California (KLLR). Full moon flight.
  • 11/7/2019: Mountain checkout in a Cessna 182. KTVL, KTRK, KBLU.
  • 8/2/2020: First Crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Cessna 182. Crossed Tioga Pass at 11500ft (1500ft AGL) to Lee Vining, California (O24).
  • 3/13/2021: First Cross-Country Ski Trip. Cessna 182. 156nm to Mammoth Lakes, California (KMMH). First runway excursion incident due to brake overheating.
  • 4/15/2021: First Ocean Crossing. Cessna 182. 22nm to Catalina Island, California (KAVX).
  • 6/12/2021: First Flight to Nevada. Cessna 182. 350nm to North Las Vegas, Nevada (KVGT).
Frank Sifei Luan
Frank Sifei Luan
PhD Student

PhD at UC Berkeley focused on big data systems and cloud computing.