Friday was rough. That’s why it took a few days to write about it. Winds were okay, sometimes gusting. I’ve had a lot worse of crosswinds. Skies were clear, but it was so hot so the plane climbed slowly and there was a lot of haze. And the haze messed with me so much.
I noticed after take off that I was putting the nose a bit above the horizon and the airspeed wasn’t correct nor the vertical airspeed. I realized that the horizon must be higher than I thought it was so pulled up more to climb faster. We went out to the south this time, which I prefer. In hindsight, it was stupid of me to talk about this right before going into stall practice, but I said something about spins being terrifying. My instructor said that she has had some students go into a spin. She said it is a bit scary because you get disorientated quickly. So then straight into slow flight into power off stall. I set it up and put the power to idle and applied back pressure. I was dropping altitude, and the stall horn was sounding, but no stall. My instructor said I was at the exact point of almost in a stall but not enough back pressure to make it stall so I just descended instead. I was so concerned about spinning now and noticed my wings kept not being leveled. Maybe I was tentative with my back pressure because my focus was elsewhere. We decided a break and do steep turns instead.
So steeps turns were okay. I kept pitching down too far. We did one and I lost 200ft. I told her my theory that I am thinking the horizon is lower than it actually is. We did another, and when my altitude improved my bank decreased. We talked about it slightly after and I was saying I was getting kind of freaked out and disorientated because I can’t see the horizon. We tried one more. It was better, but not great.
We went back to power off. They still weren’t up to standards and I had trouble getting into a stall. I think I wasn’t using enough back pressure (duh) and the fact I think I thought I was at a steeper pitch than I was because of the horizon.
Then into accelerated stalls. My least favorite. First one, not so good. We did another together and then finally the last one was good.
After this point, she said she was thinking one more lesson with maneuvers because they are rusty. She said she thinks when I can see the horizon they’ll be fine but she wants to make sure. I was definitely a little upset, but I just kept quiet. We went onto landings.
Did the first one, it was a 10 knot crosswind. I’ve been spoiled lately without crosswinds and a gust at the end so I landed on the left wheel instead of right wheel and let go of the correction with wind and the plane tilted more to the left. For a split second, I thought we were going to roll over. She took the controls and saying it’s fine. I took off after and we talked about what happened. The second landing was much better. She cheered for me saying that’s how it’s done.
We had to taxi back weird because apparently overnight a sinkhole showed up on a taxiway. It made taxiing a mess. I was behind 2 planes to cross the runway, a plane behind me and 3 planes waiting to take off. But I learned what “back taxiing” is and got to go really fast.
So it’s really disappointing about not being able to do a progress check yet. It feels like I won’t even solo in June. I’m home for the next few days taking care of my mom, then my instructor is training and off, then we have 4 lessons in a row scheduled (I hate to give up one of those, who knows even if the other instructor is available so short of notice), maybe I could fit it in on that weekend but then one lesson and my instructor is gone again for like a week. And then June is pretty much over. I think part of this logic is run by emotions on my part, but it just feels kind of hopeless. I’ve been “close” to soloing since the end April but with all these breaks-2 weeks planes being gone, 2 weeks off due to weather sucking, now this week-it’s frustrating.
I wish I could write less depressing or low self-esteem posts, but I’m just feeling stuck in this point of training.
Lesson Time: 1.4 hours
Total Time: 17.9 hours