Monday, November 03
Flight 04: Stalls, stalls & more stalls
By Brady Lane at 7:15 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 4.1 | Days since I started: 20 | Cost: $822.70
There were several things that made today’s flight feel a little different. It was warmer, more humid and visibility wasn’t as clear as our previous lessons. None of these posed a problem, just made for a different flying experience. You’ll notice in the video the horizon isn’t as clearly defined.
Jason quizzed me to see what I remembered about slow flight, then we went at it. I’m glad we are practicing these maneuvers over several different lessons, because the same exact maneuver on different days in different conditions feels quite a bit different.
We spent the majority of the lesson practicing stalls—power on and power off. I still think these are a blast! They aren’t as scary* as their reputation has them out to be and they are easy to recover from. (*having a couple thousand ft. of altitude beneath us may be one reason I don’t think they’re that scary.)
Our landing today was also different than previous lessons. We entered the pattern on right base and therefore made right turns instead of left ones. I also didn’t get to fly the whole pattern. I’ve found flying the whole pattern gives me time to setup and think everything through in my head before actually doing it. But, I know it’s good for me to learn various ways of entering the pattern.
It was a good landing, but I was a little bummed that I wasn’t able to do it all myself. In time...in time.
Jason gave me some homework before next time — read about ground reference maneuvers.