Saturday, June 05, 2004

Regaining Confidence

After a pretty rough session last Saturday, I went out and flew with a little apprehension today. I ended up greasing my first landing of the day with butterflies in my stomach. Before my session was over, I had performed 9 more landings, 6 of which I really liked. I lowered my approach speed to about 70 kts (as opposed to nearly 80 last week, which is what John, Alan and I think was the problem).I simply stayed in the pattern today, but now that I'm regaining some confidence in my landings I'll probably go out a practice a couple of maneuvers next weekend. In addition, I may try to get out to the airport and fly for half an hour or so this week just to keep my feet wet.

What a relief to know that my landings weren't broken!

Friday, June 04, 2004

"All of this solo flight - a minimum of 10 hours, under the current FARs - will transpire before the private pilot practical test, the final step toward full certification as a pilot. The first solo, however, is the portal that really separates pilots from nonpilots. You are flying an airplane. The overwhelming majority of people whom you have ever met, or ever will, have not. You have joined an elite community, and no one will ever see you in the same light again."

- David Montoya (AOPA Flight Training Magazine, December 2002)

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Went well

My first unsupervised solo at Wilgrove went pretty well. My landings definitely were not perfect and after I did a little maneuvering over the Corning plant, I came back and botched two landings resulting in two go arounds. Finally, I came back and put 91F on the runway in a decent fashion, but had a little too much speed and ballooned a bit before I roughed up the landing gear once more to end the day.

All in all, a pretty good flight. I used the Charlotte VOR a bit to practice navigating, and was able to tune in Monroe AWOS to get some weather information. The landings (on runway 35) weren't the greatest, but there were some other nice aspects to the flight. Good visibility and steady winds. It did get a little bumpy toward the end as the ground heated up.

Friday, May 28, 2004

First Unsupervised Solo Flight

Tomorrow I'll be making my first unsupervised solo out of Wilgrove (8A6) just east of Charlotte, NC. I'm planning on staying in the pattern for a couple of clean landings, then I'm going to exit to the east to practice a few simple maneuvers.