This weekend was perfect for flying. The weather was great, with exceptional visibility (especially today).
As previously noted, I missed my class on Saturday. I did, however, get up on Sunday and twice today.
Yesterday was fun. I didn’t have my normal instructor, so it was interesting to see how things were done with someone different. We did a few take offs and landings, then it was on to the fun stuff – Flapless landings and comm. failures.
Ironically enough, the flapless landings that I did yesterday were the best landings I had done to date. We combined the flapless landings with a comm failure on final. This is where the tower uses light signals to communicate with you. As we’re approaching the runway, I see a solid green light from the tower – cleared to land!
Yesterday was also the first time I flew a particular 172.
Today’s two flights was more circuit practices with a few 0 flap landings tossed in there for good measure. We also did some simulated engine failures in the circuit. My FI would cut the power and I would turn straight to the threshold. Normally you would use your power to control your altitude, in this case you can’t because you don’t have a working engine! So what do you use to control height? Your flaps! The only problem is.. you can only go one way. If you’re too high, add some flaps. If your too low though, you better start looking for someplace else to land.
I also spent about 45 minutes copying the entries out of my PTR into my paper log book. Hint: don’t wait three months to do that next time.
My FI is confident that I’m ready to go solo in the next two or three lessons. I’m excited. I still need to write my PSTAR test though. This week is going to be chock full of studying for it and memorizing my emergency checklists.
I saw a fellow classmate’s photo on the “we’ve gone solo” wall at the school. I hope I don’t forget to let him know when classes start up again in May.
Even though my lessons were shorter than normal this weekend, I’m still happy with the 3.2 hours chocked up.