I feel like I haven’t updated in awhile, but just realize I haven’t had a lesson and it hasn’t been too long. But I’ve been busy so an update on things aviation and non-aviation (don’t worry I’ll actually tie it into aviation).
It was suppose to be a shared day off for Jake and me, our third this month. But of course, it wasn’t. I got called into a show. During the day though, we had a date we’ve been planning for awhile. Learning to belay for rock climbing. It was lots of fun, I never did make it to the top (as we know I have zero upper body strength) but been HURTING since then. We want to do it again, and I’m hoping this will build my upper body so I can actually push the plane by myself. (Okay, so it’s a loose tie in)
I went out to one of the local aviation museums The Cradle of Aviation to talk to them about volunteering. I contacted them because of winning my Girls With Wings scholarship which makes me a role model, so I wanted to take it very serious and try to talk to girl groups about aviation and maybe teach them. I had a meeting with their education department, it may work out me working with their Scout programs but it’s very quiet in September so we’re going to wait until I have my October schedule set. I got a personal tour afterwards, I didn’t realize how much aviation history took place on Long Island! I went straight from there to rehearsal to back home to plan my cross country for the next day.
FINALLY got to do my long cross country! Trains didn’t give me trouble today. Got to talk to another student who was just coming back, and another about to go in a 172 and also to see my favorite fueler, Winston. He just makes me smile every time I see him. He was disappointed he missed me flying, but I assured him he didn’t miss anything.
KFRG to KGON
Started out and went along the north coast of Long Island. We were denied Flight Following because the airspace was too busy. Low clouds started forming up the coast. I was flying above them, it wasn’t a broken layer and I could see the water and VFR to either side of them. It was just a different view I haven’t had which was the exciting part for me. I felt higher up than I actually was. This leg was just navigating through pilotage. I also was very good with my stop watch and recording my actual times on my sheet. There was a lot more clouds crossing the Long Island sound from the end of Long Island into Connecticut, but I got the airport in sight easy. I used the VOR as a back up just in case.
KGON to KOXC
Did a full stop and taxied back, I organized everything on my taxi back and was ready to go. ATC asked if I was doing a Southwest departure, I corrected them it was just a West departure. He didn’t quite understand because he told traffic I was going to the Southwest right after that. He corrected it after I turned to the West. I used the Madison VOR, but got off of it somewhat due to some towering clouds that I had to avoid. After avoiding a particularly nasty looking batch, my instructor commented “You fly that plane!” I enjoyed that because it’s such a difference from when I started out letting the plane control my flying more than myself.
This was a shorter leg, after the VOR I set my VOR on a different radial and headed to the airport which wasn’t far away. It was quite odd though because picking up the ATIS they mentioned a TFR. I don’t remember a TFR. It said to contact Flight Services to hear more, we couldn’t contact them and just asked Tower. It was a non-factor, it was Obama in Boston yet they put it in their ATIS. Odd. My landing wasn’t so good, it was actually a touch and go. I requested a stop and go, but was denied. I definitely need practices on crosswind landings. That’s all it’s been since my solo and I’m starting to think my solo was a fluke.
KOXC to KFRG
Headed to the BDR VOR/the airport because I had been there before and it was easy for me to spot. Overflew it’s airspace (narrowly avoiding clouds) and headed to the Northport Stacks which is the reporting point from the North Practice Area and headed straight in for Runway 19. My estimated ground speed and time was pretty correct!
Went back to our parking spot and one of the hangers was open with a mini Eclipse Jet. My CFI knows the owner so we went to check it out after parking the plane. He actually wasn’t there but the mechanic from Eclipse was and we talked to him a bunch. I got to check out the cockpit, it’s really almost entirely glass which is impressive that it’s so much glass! It was a very cool plane and I bet awesome to fly. I got the whole spiel from the mechanic, he seemed very proud of Eclipse and what they’ve done since they reformed after bankruptcy. It was pretty awesome. We went to grab coffee while sitting out the train and talked about what I’m doing tomorrow.
I don’t think I can say it enough, I love this new school just because I get to meet new people look and different planes and my instructor and I talk more than just walking to and from the airplane.
Lesson Time: 2.3 hours
Total Time: 38.2 hours