I had some time to study my flash cards and patterns that will make up a lot of my instrument training and now it’s time to put them into action. Okay. Maybe I didn’t study them enough.
Again, another beautiful day in the Bay and I was stuck under the foggles. Jake found these instrument patterns to help work on my skills so I spent some time before the lesson learning them, but I also had them printed out in front of me on my kneeboard.
Pattern A is just a square, B is two racetrack patterns (right and left), and C is a mix of turns. All are timed and making sure I’m doing my standard rate turns properly.
It all seemed so easy before actually doing it! I was able to see on the iPad as well my track and how the square wasn’t exactly a square but more of a blob. Part of it was wind, part of it was taking too long on my turns. I did a bit better the second time around. I found the racetrack pattern easier. Then the turns fell apart again on pattern C.
I kept within private pilot standards, but of course, I want to do better and get up to instrument/commercial standards. My biggest trouble was the altitude. I kept climbing and then spent my straight and level time getting back on altitude. Jake said I was pulling back a bit when turning. Probably a habit left over from doing a lot of steep turns.
I felt a bit discouraged. And then it was time to review PPL maneuvers before the end of the lesson. Slow flight, stalls, and steep turns. I argued that if I have a bad habit from doing steep turns, shouldn’t I not enforce it by doing them more? I was just told that was an excuse and do the maneuvers!
As it seems to be the theme, afterwards I felt a bit disappointed after the lesson like I didn’t do great. Jake said I did well. I’m just starting out and can’t expect to be perfect right now otherwise I wouldn’t need lessons and that my maneuvers and approach/landing was the best they’ve been.
If you’ve forgotten, I’ve been struggling with my approach being stabilized throughout my lessons (or well, since I’ve been flying) and now getting better at it after it being drilled in my head over and over again.
I’m trying to decide what was different this time. I do think being able to control the plane better and knowing the settings helped. I’m the most comfortable I’ve been with the airplane knowing what power settings and pitch I need. So actually, I’m thinking less and not overthinking but getting in a kind of flow experience.
Next lesson is adding on more complicated patterns and then practicing them for hours afterwards to help build my time and perfect my instrument flying. I can’t wait! And that isn’t sarcasm, surprisingly.
Lesson Time: 1.3
Foggles Time: 0.7