Today was looking better wind-wise. It was forecasted gusting to 19 last night, but this morning was just a 12 knots. That was fine. I headed out to the airport. My regular CFI picked me up, we chatted on the way over there about the our weekends. I did my preflight, he went over some questions with me about the antennas and wing shape, etc. We were waiting for the other instructor to come over and went into the plane reviewing the instruments.
The CFI I was flying with today is the other owner of the school. I met him once before, he seemed nice. He’s an ATC controller at the TRACON as well. He didn’t make me nervous so that was good. It’s a completely different experience than the progress check I did at my old school. More relaxed and less stressful. In hindsight, I feel the guy who did my first progress check, being younger, was trying to be hard and seem like a tough guy. Maybe trying to prove something? I don’t know, these older guys just seem more relaxed and just wanted to teach me. I like it.
We did a quick oral. Going over IMSAFE, information about the plane, fuel requirements, going over the sectional. He purposely stumped me on one part of the sectional (now I added it to the How To Read A Sectional Chart page) It was the line over water making it controlled airspace when it should be because they need it to vector planes into JFK. He told me before he was going to stump me.
Now onto the flying part. Bone headed move and I didn’t check my checklist and forgot to test the carb heat on run up. He pointed it out, of course. First take off was going to be a soft-field. I was told to line up and wait, which when that happens my CFI doesn’t have me do a soft field because it’s not realistic, but he still wanted me to do it. It was alright but got blown off course pretty quickly. The winds had picked up, no doubt.
We headed to the south and started out with clearing turns into a steep turn. He wanted either way, I did to the left. Get my weaker side over first. It was great! I was having one of my on days with steep turns. Whoo! I was disappointed he didn’t want one to the right. Next, slow flight. That was fine too. I was starting to lose altitude on turns, but added power and saved it. Recovered from that great.
Next up, accelerated stall. Uh-oh. I hate these. So. Much. I forgot to pull the power back and it wasn’t stalling because of that. I tried twice and he took over. He did one. I did one, I kept banking at first then was able to fix it. We did it a few times until I had it.
We moved onto power off stalls. He didn’t like my abrupt pull up at the end so he showed me just to wait it out. I did it myself once and he thought it was better. Power on stall was fine. I had to wait it out longer than I like to because we were with the wind, but it happened!
He wanted me to do an emergency descent. I got it confused with doing an engine out emergency. I have never done an emergency descent. Jake says it’s a commercial maneuver and I shouldn’t worry about it, but it’s easy enough anyway. Power to idle, 30 degrees of bank and don’t exceed 110 knots. Done.
He had me do a real emergency out and that was fine. My ideal spot was on the inner shore like but we were in the Class C airspace and he said the controller wouldn’t like that so I had to pick the beach as a landing spot. I had it made easily and we went in for landings.
The crosswind was 90 degrees and strong with gusts. I was suppose to do a soft field, but the wind was too strong and just did a regular crosswind landing. It was fine. We were already cleared touch and go so went back up and did one more landing. Again, fine, but definitely the strongest crosswind I’ve ever landed in.
Debrief was good, he thinks I’m in good shape, just some review on my accelerated stalls and go over emergency descent once more. He believes my flying is above what he normals sees at my level (Yay! Ego boost!) and that my radio work is perfect. I felt that was very good coming from a controller. As you know from my earlier posts, my neurosis about radio work paid off!
I have one more flight with my CFI and then the big day. I’m hoping the winds are good on Wednesday. After today, I’m feeling a bit better about my oral but Jake is still going to give me a mock oral tonight or tomorrow. He’s tough on me so I’m sure I’ll feel unprepared after that, but it should make the real thing easier? Right?
Lesson Time: 1.6 hours
Total Time: 65.3 hours