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Flight 10 at SpanaFlight
(Total: 12.9 Dual, .6 Sim IFR, 34 Landings)
Well, Seattle is known for it's crappy
weather, and the last week has seen a lot of it. Monday's flight was
cancelled, and I ended up hanging around the FBO watching videos and
talking to the owner. And of course, time slows to half speed while
waiting for the next scheduled flight to arrive. Eventually,
Thursday came, and I saw a blue sky, and was thanking God for my good
fortune, as the weather was supposed to continue to be crappy for another
3 or 4 more days.
I arrived at SpanaFlight at my usual 15
minutes early, and filled in my schedule for the next 2 weeks or so.
Matt was flying when I arrived, and I had to wait some. Not a big
deal, as there are always someone there in which to speak. I got to
show off this website some too. Matt arrived, and wanted to start
some ground lessons. I asked him if we could skip these today
because I was itching to get up in the air. He agreed, and after
shooting the breeze for a couple of minutes, we went out to pre-flight the
4705G was in for it's 100 hour, and I had to
use 20481 today. I was a little bummed, but know that I need to
learn other airplanes eventually. I won't end up flying 05G
forever. Went out, pre-flighted, started up, and took off from
runway 16 to the practice area. 20481 has a 180hp engine and likes to
about leap off the ground at 65 knots or so. We arrived at the
practice area without incident.
Steep turns were the first order of
business. As usual, my altitude was all over the place during
these. Although I actually had my 45 degree bank angle this
time. I'll get the hang of these eventually.
Next, the instructor demonstrated some stalls
that I wouldn't be performing. He started with a elevator trim
stall. That one, threw my equilibrium off some. We didn't
actually stall, but he showed me how to recover. The next one, was
the secondary stall. Which is basically a stall after a stall.
The last one was a cross-control stall. That one we had some
difficulty doing, but after the second try, Matt stalled the plane.
That one was the most dramatic of them, and shows some of the mistakes
that beginning students might make. I will watch out for these.
We then went out and did a couple of power
off stalls. With the exception of pulling the carb heat, I performed
these well. Ground reference maneuvers were next. I found that same
farm that we have been practicing around for the last month, and headed
towards it. The winds were light, and from the east, so I entered on
the downwind and started to circle. My circles this time were more
like ovals. I started to improve things towards the end of the
maneuver, and actually made 2 completely round turns.
We started rectangular courses next. I
did ok at these, and we did 3 laps around the farm. The wind had now
shifted to being from the north, so we found a road running east-west and
entered downwind for s-turns. I had a lot of trouble with my
altitude on these. The steep turns required are throwing me off here
I think. I'll have to improve these quite a bit more if I am going
to ever fly alone.
We then headed back to the airport to
practice landings. The runway in use was 34, and we entered the
pattern as usual. My pattern work today was a lot better than
before, especially since I wasn't used to the plane I was flying.
The first time around, we landed a little hard, but the last two, were a lot
better. The last landing, I was too high in the pattern, and we
extended the flaps earlier than we normally do. I wasn't unhappy
with these today at all, although as usual, Matt helped some. Matt
mentioned that my turn to final seemed to be getting better, but I was
still cutting it short some. I was correcting it during the final
leg, but should have turned out a little later so that I wouldn't have
We parked the plane at the fuel pumps, and
went inside. He had debriefed me in the plane, and I just borrowed a
couple of videos from the school and went home. I feel that I am at
the "plateau" I'm my learning that most students end up getting
stuck at for a bit. I hope I get over it soon. I did, however,
feel pretty good about this flight. Saturday looks promising for
weather, and 05G is done with it's 100 hour inspection. I am going
to attempt to talk my instructor into practicing in another area next
time. I need a change in scenery I think. I'll probably bring
my digital camera again for some more photos. WooHoo!
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