Monday, January 26
Flight 16: Making Good Decisions
By Brady Lane at 11:30 AM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 14.8 | Days since I started: 104 | Cost: $2,393.20
Today I flew with another instructor to get a different perspective. We were planning on going out to practice stalls and ground reference maneuvers, but shortly after take-off, I noticed an unusual draft in the plane, so we entered the pattern and came in for a landing.
Making good decisions is a big part of being a good pilot. If something just doesn't feel right, come in for a landing.
We discovered that the windshield had separated slightly from the airframe, causing a draft to come into the cockpit. It was good practice for me to stay calm and focus on flying the plane in a less-than-perfect situation. We obviously made it down with no trouble.
The problem was almost certainly caused by moving the plane straight from a heated hangar (over 60 degrees F) to extremely cold temperatures outside (about 1 degree F). Another lesson learned: be very careful when moving planes from heated hangars to frigid temps outside.
We are repairing the windshield and will be back in the air soon. But until then, Jason reminds me I have plenty to study on the ground in preparation for my written test.