Today, I had a flight lesson. Today, I was excited before I went flying. Today, I was happy when I left my flight lesson. Those three things haven’t correlated in awhile. It solidified my decision to change schools and instructors.
It was my try out of a different school today. I was excited to see the difference. And boy, there was a difference. This school just this guy and his 3 buddies own the planes and teach. They are older and they do this for fun not to make tons of money (what in aviation CAN you do to make tons of money?). The 152 was awesome. I think I’m just impressed there is a GPS, a touch screen map in there so I can see the airspace and traffic around me. I’m going to get spoiled.
I learned things about pre-flighting that I didn’t know before. He showed me more of the inner workings of the plane, which is always good to know. I never even knew how to visually check the brakes.
The radios were much more complex in this plane so it’ll take me a bit to learn them correct. I accidentally was talking to ground instead of tower, so got that embarrassment out of the way right off the bat.
Waiting to take off I found the mysterious seaplane that I see all the time landing on the East River, it was taking off in front of us. I saw it flying around while waiting for the train out there, my instructor confirmed that it had recently come back and does fly there all the time.
Anyway, we went out to the south practice area and did slow flight. I was amazed on how well I held the heading, something I always struggled with in the past. He, unlike my other CFI, was very set on making sure the stall horn was sounding during slow flight. My boyfriend, when we did simulator lessons, always make me fly with the stall horn sounding. I was always surprised in lessons when that wasn’t a big deal. Then went into steep turns, they weren’t bad. My progress check helped with that, but he gave me a good pointer of at 30 degrees is when the back pressure needs to be more.
Then went straight into emergency procedures. He actually had me fly pretty low (and probably freak out all the beach goers) and do a pattern to set up to land in a parking lot, I’ve never thought of doing a pattern for an emergency landing so that was new. Also, with this plane, he told me if I immediately put it to all the way nose up trim it is 60 knots (best glide speed). What an awesome cheat!
We went back in to do touch and goes. It had been awhile since doing crosswind landings. I’m always coming in a bit high and fast so working to fix that. Today I think I was pulling back too high so would balloon up slightly, but it was getting better by the last landing.
Afterwards, we talked a lot. Some bad habits already have to get rid of, such as: climbing out at a higher airspeed than V(y) (I knew this, I told him this, it has do to with seeing the horizon better), remembering right rudder on take off, and holding in crosswind correction through take off. We talked a bunch about landing after filling out paperwork and talked about other planes and things that scare me. I told him, in the air, I was a bit scared by accelerated stalls still and he said he was surprised I had even done them with my number of hours, so that lead us later to talking about spins and then Cirrus in spins and their parachutes.
He drove me to the train (he also picked me up which was super nice) and I as soon as I got home I logged in to schedule 3 more lessons this week. I FINALLY get to fly as much as I originally wanted to 3-4 times a week. I’m happy. I had the awkward call to my other flight school to cancel all my lessons and withdraw from the club. I see they only cancelled one, so I’m expecting a call to get an explanation. But good news, I should be blogging a lot more with more lessons!
I’m really excited by this club and instructor. He seems to care, I loved getting a text at 6:45am about the weather so there was no stressing going to the train unsure of the weather. He also said that my boyfriend could easily get checked out in any plane they had in less than an hour. I may have to convince him to do it so we can take a flying trip!
Lesson time: 1.5 hours
Total Time: 25.4 hours