Thanks for all the comments on the last post! Unfortunately, my next lesson didn’t go so well. I left the lesson feeling very discouraged.
The past couple of times, we’ve been flying the Cessna 152 with 150HP. I left the lesson feeling exhausted, crappy, and achy. I had fallen victim to the “death grip” on the yoke, which I don’t think will happen again my right arm and shoulder hurt for days afterwards! (My right arm since I’m learning to fly from the right seat too)
It was another lesson struggling with pull back hard enough to stall during power on stalls. And they were just the warm up. Within 15 minutes I was ready to call it quits and head back to the airport. Of course, Jake pushed me forward.
Slow flight was difficult again for me, but then slow flight with the foggles on was easier? I don’t really know how to explain that. Near the end of that time though I was getting exhausted from the concentrating. I was getting sloppy.The yawing of the airplane didn’t sit well with me and I had to pull the foggles off since I was getting disorientated. I thought it felt long, but it was only 0.2 in the logbook.
Was that the end though? Oh no! If I wasn’t feeling disorientated enough it was unusual attitude time with some accelerated stalls added on to the end. Unusual attitudes weren’t bad. They’ve always been something that hasn’t been too hard to figure out for myself. Accelerated stalls again aren’t something I really enjoy and as a factor of my death grip, it was getting hard for me to have the energy to pull back as needed for them.
Came in for a couple of landings and my approaches were all over the place, but the landings fine. I need to get back into stable approaches and not come in high or low and fix it after the fact.
After tying down the aircraft and walking back, Jake asked how I thought I had done. He knew I was discouraged and I thought I did awful. He said I didn’t but I responded that he seemed highly critical the entire lesson and it seemed I never did anything right.
We spent the next hour trying to figure out the issue. Was it the extra horsepower? Was my seat too low since I was uncomfortable with pitching high? Possibly was it Jake instructing me and it? We went through a lot of options and didn’t come to a conclusion.
It sucked to feel so discouraged and begin questioning flight training. I hope I can overcome this hurdle.
Lesson Time: 1.6 hours