Last flight with my CFI before my checkride! As he was filling out all my logbook endorsements after the flight it was hitting me that tomorrow is the big day. I also started getting nervous and feeling a bit nauseous. I’m hoping I can sleep tonight.
This lesson was just a review of my weak points from yesterday and finish my instrument time.
We went up and to the south practice area. After leaving the pattern foggles went on. Went out there, did climbing and turning practice. Then VOR practice intersecting a radial. I did it twice with ease and took off the foggles. Then it was working on accelerated stalls since I wasn’t comfortable with them yesterday. I didn’t like taking it to the buffering and break, but he did one. I did a few more to the right and left and brought a few to the breaking point which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. If they’re coordinated it’s not scary. The two CFIs weren’t sure about accelerated stalls because all other DPEs have stopped doing them, but they know this one has in the past. They didn’t want to ask him and bring attention to it because then it’d definitely be tested. I checked the PTS at home. It was removed last year. I asked Jake if the DPE asks me to do them I should say they’re not on the PTS, he said no way. If he tries to fail me over it, then do that. Whew! But I was feeling better with them anyway.
My CFI wasn’t going to review power on stall, but I wanted to because I know I’m weaker on that one. We did two. The wing dropped on both, but I recovered by myself easily. After the second one, I turned to my CFI and said “You didn’t touch anything did you!?” He said no, and I felt more confident recovering from them with a wing drop.
I got a bit more foggle time heading back. I took them off as we approached the Class D. It was EXTREMELY busy. I’ve never seen it this busy. It was difficult to get a word in. It took me a few extra miles to call the first time. I had to go to Belmont Lake instead of a right base for runway 1 like normal. I got to the lake and had to circle it about 3 times before I could get my call in. Another pilot complained over the radio he couldn’t get a word in edgewise as well. After the first landing, the pattern was quiet. It was just an intense few minutes there.
Soft field landing first, it wasn’t so soft. I didn’t pull the power to idle before putting it back in. I did two more soft field landings. The second I didn’t hold it off enough, the third was pretty soft. Fourth was a short field landing, did it correctly. I floated longer than I wanted though. Last landing was a regular landing. My CFI said to do the landing I would do after passing my checkride. I didn’t do that, it was too hard. Bah, but I’ll get it tomorrow!
Time to go study, do the weight & balance, plan the cross country, and rest! Fingers crossed for tomorrow for good weather!
Lesson Time: 1.6 hours
Total Time: 66.9 hours