Monday, December 29
By Brady Lane at 9:30 AM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 10.7 | Days since I started: 76 | Cost: $1,803.70
I've been very encouraged by your comments on the last post. It's nice to know others have experienced similar feelings and that it's actually very common in the learning process.
Niels Anderson's comment was especially insightful, helping me see that progress is being made even when it doesn't feel like it:
"At first you can't tell a bad traffic pattern and landing, for example, from a good one. Then your judgment improves, and you learn what they are supposed to look like, and you get to the point where you CAN tell a good one from a not-so-good one. Unfortunately, your skill level has not kept pace, so now when you fly a poor traffic pattern or make a not-so-perfect landing, you know!"
Over the Christmas holiday, I wasn't able to fly due to traveling, but did continue my training on the ground.
I've spent many hours studying ASA's Sport Pilot Test Prep. I like how the book is formatted with a brief reading, the test questions, then explanations as to why each answer is wrong or right. After another round through the book, I plan on using Sporty's Study Buddy to test my knowledge.
I also completed my pre-solo written test. This is a test Jason created to test my knowledge before he solos me. This was also good for my confidence because it showed me that I am indeed learning and do know what I need to know. Just a month ago, I wouldn't have been able to answer half of his questions correctly, but now it seemed like common knowledge.
Reading and studying doesn't make for great videos, but it is definitely part of the flight training process so I didn't want to leave it out of this blog. Jason has encouraged me to start reading and studying now because many students focus on developing their flying skills but neglect to learn what they need to know for the written test. Hopefully I'll be ready for both in due time.