Monday, May 17, 2021

Dustin Lynch Is Working on His Private Pilot’s License


Dustin Lynch took advantage of his downtime during the pandemic to “learn some new skills.”

“My most recent endeavor is working on my private pilot’s license. I’m hard at work learning how to fly planes.”

The surprising part is that he thought it would be a snap. “I figured ‘I can drive a boat, I can drive a motorcycle, this will be fine.’ No. There’s a lot going on and the stakes are so high. I want to be proficient, so I’ve got a ways to go before I feel comfortable taking someone up and down on a regular basis. But that’s the dream. I hope I can knock it out before we start touring, and then I can get to and from [shows] a lot easier.”


  1. Seriously? Like "driving" a car or a boat? It shows how little grasp on STEM and statistics and especially the brutal factorial function, core of permutations, the general population has. Orders of magnitude more things can bad in aviation, in fact a factorial factor higher sometimes, than anything else where you can slow down or hit the pause button by parking by the side of the road or exit in a split second if anything goes wrong by jumping overboard or opening a door. Not so much when trapped in a tiny dot 8000 ft up minutes away from any "parking" spot which has to be negotiated carefully to transfer the energy...

    1. Yeah the motorcycle thing was irrelevant. That said, I don't know if you are a boater or not, but as one who started boating at age 12 or so, he's not totally wrong about that. In boating, specifically in docking, you learn how a cross wind and currents affect the boat and crab it boat to the dock accordingly to counter those forces just like we do in winds on takeoff and landing. In trim, you learn that proper bow up trim once on plane reduces the torque steer of the prop to zero (boat prop P-factor is the same principle). Again, just like we deal with takeoff in a prop driven aircraft. In fact, when I was PPL training in a 172 at age 18, my instructor at the time asked just before I was signed off for solo at ~11 hours if I was a boater. I wasn't sure why, but he said in his experience people who are boaters seem to learn faster how to manage trim and crosswind landings than those who were not. Of course this is anecdotal with no statistics or scientific facts to back it up being in a Florida coastal community with a significant percentage of boater-aviators.

  2. Looks like a celebrity tie in marketing thing. I guess we should just be thankful they aren't pushing the Dr Squatch soap guy.