Sorry for not writing recently, but not too much to report because I’ve been home taking care of my mom and then back to work.
I have decided though to start re-reading and refreshing my knowledge of the Airplane Flying Handbook, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and some of my other books. I made a nice little chart matching up all the sections so I know where to read all about aerodynamics, etc.
My boyfriend is preparing for his yearly check ride, which will also get him his ATP. So he’s been on Flight Simulator X on the computer doing emergency maneuvers. I asked him to go over stalls and steep turns with me so I’m prepared to rock my next lesson, which is always a risky thing because we normally end up mad at each other. He’s definitely hard on me, of course it makes me better, but frustrates me to no end.
I made him set it for hazy since it was so difficult for me. We did a whole bunch of slow flight. He identified a problem with my rudder input, so we worked on that and also holding a heading better in slow flight. It wasn’t my altitude that was a big problem this time. Then we moved onto just doing a stall after stall after stall since I didn’t really need to recover by 1,500 AGL. The drilling I think really helped me. I was also able to see the turn coordinator be not PERFECTLY straight and it not result in a spin, that’ll help me immensely.
After about 45 minutes I realized I was close to being late for work, and I had had enough and was already pretty frustrated at him. When I said goodbye he said he understands it’s much harder on the computer than really flying. I asked him if it was much harder for him. He said yes and said how he’s crashed the simulator plane much more than the real thing. I gave him a smack on the shoulder for a stupid joke and went off to work.
We’ll see if these things stick on Monday (hopefully)! The weather says thunderstorms, I’m hoping they are later in the day. But I also have a block lesson of 4 hours scheduled, which always seem to be cancelled. I’m superstitious coming from a theatre backing so I’m not holding my breath.