So what do all my blog posts seem to start out with recently? I’ve been bad about sharing! I’ve been able to get up in the air a couple times recently and haven’t written about it and I’m sorry!
I’m getting back to being VFR proficient since it’s been a bit. So we worked on power on and off stalls, slow flight, all the fun basics. It’s so good to be back flying (almost) regularly. What’s even more fun is switching back and forth between one of my favorite airplanes, Cessna 152 (duh) and getting more tailwheel time in a Decathlon.
For those who have been reading my blog for awhile will remember during my initial PPL training I was kind of afraid of stalls. I could do them, but I didn’t enjoy them. Then I took to aerobatic training to help get over my fear. It helped, but getting back into a 152 I must be rusty just doing stalls and slow flight. I can make a plane loop and do a hammerhead just fine, but then if I’m rusty with stalls, I get nervous! It’s extremely frustrating.
The only way we found to break this is to just do stalls and slow flight over and over again. I’m now much more comfortable with slow flight – Jake has me make the stall horn sound while my other instructors didn’t enforce that as much. And power off stalls are no big deal.
I need improvement on power on stalls though. I need to make sure to be more firm with my control movements and make the stall happen quicker. I get nervous when the pitch it very high since I’m taking too long to stall the aircraft. This problem is worse in the Decathlon, which Jake likes to point out I have made loop so it shouldn’t be an issue. It’s something I need to work on more and find the root of my fear so I can overcome it.
More to come soon!