Today was my 2nd flight out of the Springbank airport with a new instructor in a new kind of Cessna (172 XP, with a constant speed prop).
It was awesome!!! We cruised in and out of Calgary airspace, constantly on the radio.
About 10 feet off the runway, a huge gust of wind blew us 10 feet sideways - I was able to recover and land smoothly without the instructor helping.
I LOVE FLYING!!!!!!
Today was another 1+ hour completely on instruments so I don't get to see much. Slowly but surely working on my night rating, it's about another 13 hours of training.
2nd attempt of a mountain check out but the weather is keeping this endorsement at bay.
And I finally received my official pilots license from Transport Canada yesterday, days before the temp one expires. Oh the government.
Not my photo. :).
A beautiful flight into the foothills today. Lulu and I had to watch out for nearly a dozen airplanes on our trip today.
Also, I spoke with another pilot who followed me in, and got a great tip for flying in congestion. He was in a Husky tail dragger.
Its been 2 months since my last post. I did eventually go for a pre check ride and I had to work some things.
sorted those things out and finally booked my test with an examiner.
passed with flying colors. pun intended. lol.
hopefully finish my 1.5 hrs in the Sim and get my temp license. shooting for this weekend.
so relieved to be done the hard studying until next year.
Apparently I can only over think my landings and can barely even put 2 wheels on the ground. so frustrating. I need to spend time in the circuit and practice or I will never get recommended for my check ride.
All my other flying is great. I need more time dedicated to flying.
Well, it's almost time for my check ride. I am currently going through all my initial routines such as slow flight, stalls, steep turns, forced landing, circuit work, etc.
I really hope to take my test this summer. It really depends on my instructors view of my skills and how I perform pilotage.
My next blog post will have more info and hopefully the chief flight instructor gives me a pre-check ride pass.
I'm really beginning to relax while I fly which makes it very enjoyable.
Can't wait to take my friends up and maybe fly over their homes. Bring your zoom lenses :).
A 2 hour solo trip on Friday proved quite interesting. I flew to Vulcan and then to Claresholm and back home. Could have had slightly better landings. It was my first solo trip away from home base, kinda intense but so challenging... and really busy in the cockpit.
Saturday, it was a 3 hour tour to Brooks then to Lethbridge and back. Seemed considerably longer with way more to look at. My landings were absolutely garbage because of some crazy winds, mostly in Brooks. I only let one wheel touch down and then I got out of dodge. haha, definitely should have done a go around and retried.
All dead reckoning because we aren't allowed GPS but I did use some of the nav equipment, called NDB - it's basically AM radio but for navigation, and decently accurate - just for practice and sanity checks.
by Sunday I was exhausted, however, a 7 hour day trip on the motorbike was never out of the question. lol. I AM crazy.
Diversions! Only for for an hour but had to make on the fly course correction and updated flight planning. Beautiful across southwest Alberta today... today's picture is my actual flight map.
....and first 3 hour flight completed. Okotoks to Drumheller to Red Deer and back. Wow. I was quite sketchy at first but I got the hang of it. The last leg I felt like a pro, yet my final landing was the worst. bah. This trip was with my CFI.
Off to Vulcan tomorrow maybe.
Then I do x-country flights solo. Soooo excited.
It's been a month since I've flown but I squeezed in an hour of touch and gos today, in a very busy circuit. There were three of us just doing t&g and a few others departing. It was awesome and I nailed at least 2 of my landings, "greasers" as it were.
Then it was an hour with my instructor planning for our 3 hour trip on Saturday. Okotoks to Drumheller to Red Deer and back. I have homework as he only helped with planning the first leg, I have to do the rest. I hope the weather cooperates.
After this weekend, I will be doing the longer flights alone as I venture to other airports in a prescribed manner. I really want my license this summer.
What a wonderful day of flying. Flew to the practice area which is just southwest of Okotoks where I practiced my forced landing scenarios. Yes, they let me fly all alone now every other time I go up.
Blue skies and smooth air - what could be better? I really can't believe it's as much fun as it is. Very excited to take my friends and daughter up for some scenic flights this summer!!
Today was supposed to be forced landings but turned out to be an hour on instruments instead (yep, with those "foggles"). It was too cloudy as we were in IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) practically.
So, i began my lesson by NOT doing the proper soft-field take off - as I should have been more prepared regarding the snow laden runway. Then, we altered our lesson plan to instruments even after a 20 min brief on the ABC's of forced landings.
Yes, its literally the ABCDEF of forced landings. Airspeed, Best field, Cause, Declare, Evac prep, Fuel. Getting it? Got it? Good! (I even left out carb heat, and best field options).
So, i realized today that i REALLY enjoy instrument flying. I'm slowly getting better - conversely trying to not over control the aircraft, which happens to be my largest folly. I'd like to think that's an easily corrected problem. Can I get what what?
Tomorrow, we are planning both the dual and solo (at separate times of course) forced landings. Oh, and that's going to be the first time I'm in the "practice area" solo - i've only been in the circuit solo. Yet, another grandiose leap in my training.
Yes, the picture attached to this blog entry was my only site for about .8 hours. The other .1 hour was a takeoff and landing procedure.
Also this week, i have received my certificate of ground school completion. I still have to write some exams and pass but the material has been covered. Soooo much theory. I feel like a damn meteorologist, its rather sick.
Today, before the winds are predicted to go crazy, I got around the circuit for short field landings. This is a bit different than soft field landings.
We basically simulate a short runway and obstacles on both ends. it was so much fun. Mike was my CFI today and if the weather holds, I'll go tomorrow alone.
I love flying alone. So serene. Even just around in the circuit, it tests me.
I think it's forced landings next, then precautionarys, then cross countrys ( >160 miles with 2+ non-home airports). I'm looking forward to some sort air traffic control experience.
can't wait to fly again.
Robert Manahan, BSc