First day of instrument training! FINALLY! I’ve spent time under the hood and we’ve worked on some instrument stuff, but this was us transitioning to official training which I’ve been waiting for and now am excited.
It’s also the first lesson in awhile that I didn’t feel discouraged afterwards but excited for the training. I needed that! It’s interesting it happened with new subjects instead of review of old ones. Maybe that just shows I’m out of practice.
So Jake’s plan today was just really get to know the airplane and how it flies. I had a worksheet to fill out. The goal was to find the PITCH/POWER/BANK (if necessary) I needed to put the aircraft in for different attitudes such as: straight and level flight, climb, descent, turn, climbing turn, descending turn. I felt it was such a concrete thing to do and so helpful.
First off, straight and level flight. In the airplane I fly it’s 2400rmp, 0 degrees of pitch (airplane right on the horizon on the attitude indicator) and obviously 0 bank. And we checked off the items. I did switch between drawing the attitude indicator sight picture on my paper and also writing the degrees.
We did run into one issue. The plane we were renting after takeoff the attitude indicator was showing a 15 degree bank in straight and level flight. After a couple more minutes it went down to 5 degrees but never completely fixed itself, but since it was a lovely VFR day we went along with it since it wasn’t disorientating.
After I found out all the settings, it was foggles time! And it was just doing the different moves over and over again. We spoke prior to the lesson about how I’ve only been under the foggles for at most 12 minutes and it can be exhausting, but that’s how instrument flying is and I need to relax during it. It’ll get easier. Knowing the information I know now made it at least 80% easier on me! I wasn’t fatigued at the end of instrument flying since I knew exactly what to do to make the aircraft do what I wanted it to. This was also the longest I’ve been under the foggles at 0.3. I love it!
Flash cards are made and now it’ll be memorization so I don’t have to constantly refer to a sheet of paper while doing maneuvers. I can’t wait for the next lesson!
Lesson time: 1.1
Foggles Time: 0.3