I took flying lessons when I was a senior in H.S. in Illinois. I got through solo and all of my x-countries (even the long one). I was about a month away from finishing when we moved to Colorado and I started engineering school. I intended to continue flying but school became the priority. I lugged my log book and text books around for years (I can remember seeing my log book only 4 years ago). I am about to finish what I started and go back and start the process again. Now of course I cannot find my log book (I have turned my house upside down) :(
I want to state (because I know someone will make the point) that I am not looking for a short cut and I fully intend to make sure I get great training (its been 20 years) and plan on working my way through the requirements for a second time. I will defer to my instructor on what I need to learn and practice. I remember I had about 80 hours and I would like to get credit for them (if only to show the new school that I'm not starting from ground zero) as well as I plan on getting my instrument as soon as I can and the hours would help.
The flight school is no longer in business. I remember the first name of my instructor (and have the first solo picture). I thought I could contact him if I could find his last name and search some sort of data base? I have searched the business records of the state and found a business record that for the old flight school that lists the owner. I thought I would start there and see if I get lucky. If I can find the instructor's name I think there is a good chance he'll remember me and could provide documentation that would allow me to start a new log book with credit for my existing hours.
I found a local news paper article from the time period that mentions another flight instructor that worked there (AmCorp out of Lansing, Illinois in 1995) at the same time. Is there a way to look them up in some sort of pilot data base to contact them and see if they remember my instructor's last name?
I remember filing my flight plans (I assume there is no record of that with the FAA because it's so long ago)?
Hopefully you get the idea of my quesition and hope you guys can give me any ideas on resources that I don't know of that may help me out.