Tuesday, October 14
Flight 01: First flight!
By Brady Lane at 6:15 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 0.9 | Days since I started: 0 | Cost: $379.90
I have one hour in the logbook!
Jason let me take the controls for the whole flight (except landing). When he told me I was going to do most the flying, my eyebrows raised and I gave him the “Are you sure about this?” look.
It was a blast though! Here are some of the things we did...
Taxi — using rudder to steer took a few minutes getting used to
Takeoff — as soon as we had full throttle, the plane jumped off the runway. It’s an amazing feeling!
Holding Altitude/Climbs/Descents — it felt like we were level when we were climbing. And when we were actually level, it felt like our nose was pointed way down. Hopefully, the more time I spend in the plane the better feel I’ll get for this.
Turns — these are fun! You can really feel the controls of the plane in a turn.
Traffic pattern — this made sense when he explained it, but actually doing it was a little more complicated. I’m glad we practiced it away from the airport first. This is another thing I hope will become easier the more I practice it.
Landing — Jason took the controls here and made it look easy. There are so many things happening at once – watching altitude, speed, working the throttle, the stick, the rudder, and also communicating with the tower. WOW. Landing seems a little overwhelming right now.
When we landed, I was extremely excited as well as exhausted. If I had to wrap up the whole flight it would be — information overload, but I DID IT!
There is plenty to learn in coming weeks but now I know it is achievable. It is within reach and doable.
Just to feel the controls at work is an incredible feeling!