Today was building up more solo time. My lesson Monday was cancelled due to weather and I was unable to fly until today due to work, it’s been about a week. Way too long now that I’m use to not being cancelled all the time and my instructor is available!
Yesterday though, I got an unexpected surprise in the mail. Jake brought me a book when we met on my dinner break. It was the American Flyers Private Pilot Learning Guide and Textbook, he thought I ordered it but nope. Just got it for free because of my medical. He flipped through the book and said he thought it was pretty good, and when I started reading it on my way home that nigh, I agree! It’s definitely worth looking into how to get it sent to you, especially if it is free for everyone!
Back to today, we were going to go up together to the south practice area and then I go by myself. We ran into problems during the run up though. First off, a very rude Seneca did not angle himself and we had no choice but to be right behind his engine run up so it was very bumpy. During the left mag check it ran really rough, I leaned it out, waited, enriched, and tried again. Still rough, I called ground saying we were going back. The controller asked if we needed assistance and I responded no (I realize I have to get better at affirmative/negative). My instructor opened the plane up and replaced the lower spark plugs on the left magneto. It was fun to get to see that and see how a bad one looked. We jumped back in and tested the magnetos again and they were fine.
Requested a right downwind departure and off we went to the south. My CFI told me how I should always be aware of places to land, especially if the best one may be one I just passed. Also, just drilling into me I should always be talking during my check ride saying what I am doing. We got to the practice area, did slow flight, which I haven’t done in over a month. I’m getting much better about keeping the stall horn sounding during slow flight. My last instructor didn’t like it to sound. I recovered and went into a power off stall. It went fine. My instructor had me set up for it better so it was more real. He made sure I was slow and then put the nose down like I was descending for landing and then pull up to stall instead of just straight into pulling up. It made it feel more than just a maneuver to be learned. I knew that from the start, but doing that just made it stick better.
We did two steep turns and then headed back and he pointed out more visual references to me on the way back just so I knew a few different ways to tell where the Charlie Airspace ends and good ways to tell how to line up with Runway 1 from base. My landing wasn’t bad. It was nice and soft, but a bit off the center line, but I saved it from not being straight down the runway which was more important than being on the center line.
He got out and I took off by myself. I had to check with ground again to make sure they got my right downwind request (I was not going to be “yelled” at again by Tower). I climbed super fast and halfway down the field I broke off to the south. It was nice to be flying by myself again and not being in the pattern for the first time!
I made it out there (and took some pictures!) and did 4 steep turns by myself. They weren’t perfect, but I felt comfortable doing them alone. I went alone the coastline a bit and then headed back. Another pretty good landing, more on the center line, but not as soft but it’s not hard either!
Next time going out to the north practice area building that time to solo cross country, I’m hoping for next week! We’ll see! This weekend I’ll be firming up my knowledge on the parts of the written I’m not as strong on.
Lesson Time: 1.4 (0.5 solo) hours
Total Time: 41.3 hours