UPDATE: Now that I’ve earned my wings, I’m still flying, still learning and the cameras are still rolling. This blog will remain open and active for those interested in the flight training process. However, if you want to see what I’ve been up to since becoming a sport pilot, come on over to EAA.org/abinitio to watch videos of my most recent flights. - Brady
Jason began this flight having me review stall recovery in preparation for soloing. I was reminded how gentle the stall is in the Remos - especially the power off stall. I wonder if this is the case with most LSAs or just in the Remos? I'd love to hear from some of you who've flown other LSAs.Back at the airport we had a slight crosswind. Nothing major, but just enough to get me ruffled. Adding just a couple more corrections on landing can really complicate things. I'm sure with practice I'll get the hang of it, but I left this lesson with that foggy feeling again.
Posted by Kelly
@ 01:10 PM, December 15
What's great about these videos (or at least this one) is that I heard Jason explain something to you in a way that made it click for me. Crosswind landings are something I just figure out as they happen... when he said "aileron in to the wind, rudder away" I went "OOOOOHHHHH...I get it!" ...Now I'm itching to go flying to practice it and see how it works! Can't wait to see you solo (no pressure)!
Posted by Chris
@ 04:47 PM, December 15
Brady, Wow, you are doing so much better than I did last year...slow stalls in the Evektor SportStar are very docile, full power stalls feel like riding an ape up a tree. I am now transitioning to a Flight Design CTSW where the take offs and manuevering are quite simular. Landings are different...your landing camera angle is helping me! Thank you, and HANG in there!!
Posted by Greg Hughes
@ 10:51 AM, December 16
You're doing great. My first experiences with crosswinds with my instructor were amazingly complex, and for a while I wondered if I would even get it, but then suddenly it clicked. Your instructor's sharp, good verbal cues and coaching, encouraging you along the way while providing guidance. Thanks for vlogging your experience. I've flow some solo and am in the process of getting my PPL, so it's fun to watch your progress. My own experiences are at http://coordinatedflight.blogspot.comgreg
Posted by Ed Feraca
@ 12:13 PM, December 16
Great landings.. Keying off your comment about the throttle controlling your speed - ask your instructor if that is truly the case.My view is that pitch controls speed and throttle controls altitude...
Posted by Kyle
@ 12:28 PM, December 16
I am a student and have been following your training since you began. I wanted to let you know that I soloed today and it is worth all the hard work. Also, it is nice to have a sterile cockpit for a change were you can focus on flying the airplane. Keep it up and I am anxious to see your solo video.Kyle
Posted by JIm H
@ 04:18 PM, December 16
I remember my cross wind intro. Up to then it was 10-15 off CL and very light. But that day we went to a practice field with 80 degree cross gusting to 20 kts in a Challenger II. I was all over the place. Out of 6 tries we actually landed once. It was terrible and I felt really beat up. Ready to quit. Felt like being dumped in the deep end to learn to swim. Still a bit phobic about strong cross landings. Keep up the good work. Jim
Posted by Paul Brown
@ 04:49 PM, December 16
Brady,You are doing so much better than I did at about 10 hours. I have only 60 hours now. I am a new sport pilot as of 10-20-08. It was difficult for me to get that aileron correction for centerline and rudder correction for keeping the airplane pointed down the runway. I learned in a CTLS.
Posted by Jim H
@ 02:56 PM, December 17
If you haven't discovered it yet by the comments... most things being equal - youth has a faster learning curve. Learning a new eye/hand skill set is much slower after 50.
Posted by keith
@ 11:55 AM, December 22
I've had experience in tecnam in particular the sierra's and they have a really bad roll when doing stalls, especially power off stalls you really have to stand on the right rudder or it will roll to the left. With regard to crosswinds, it really takes practice, so hang in there it will come.