6/22/15: Beautiful day for flying, sky clear, no sign of rain and winds calm on take off.
I wanted Tom to review my 45 degree steep turns, and stall maneuvers after my pre-solo check ride. (power off, Power on). We reached the training area at 3500ft. We began with steep turns. The turn were not bad but could use some touch up. Tom reviewed turn handling and pulling back on yoke just enough to avoid altitude drop and coming out of the turn just before my reference point. After a several goes at it, I was very comfortable. The same with the stalls and the sequence leading to stalls.
I realized that it wasn’t as hard I thought it was. Practice, Practice, Practice demonstrated that it was not. A student should not solo until he/she has stall maneuvers down packed. If you ask me now, am I ready for my first solo around the pattern? I would say YES but my flight instructor has the GO/NO GO on this. We can understand why.
Returning to base (KCDW airport) once again for some reason was challenge. I doubted myself, I mentioned using VOR Nav while in flight but I did not use it once I discovered where I was in relation to my chart. I was upset at myself for not being more proficient navigation and held on to that feeling/thought and boy did it show!During my first attempt to land! I was too high coming in on final. I mentioned going around but waited till last minute to do it ( guess I was waiting on my instructors approval but really I was PIC). We went around and landed with a right cross wind ( I know I can DO Better!)
What did I learn: 1. Stop second guessing! know where you are and use the tools you have in place (VOR Nav radio, ATC etc). 2. Don’t mentally hold on to minor mistakes during your flight (note them and review later). 3. If your thinking of going around because you don’t feel comfortable, DO IT! (No shame in being safe) 4. Full power if you have to go around, don’t touch or adjust anything until your safe and in correct configuration. 5. If you are Pilot In Command (PIC), take charge and make a safe decision. Don’t wait for anyone to make them for you!
Note: During the return to base, some may think, Why not use your GPS?! It’s easy and will get you home! Well, the lesson here is, train with the basics first (Chart, ground reference, VOR, Compass reading) the old and reliable way first! The old tools do not run out of battery life or shut off on unexpectedly. Using the basic tools is really “learning to be a good pilot from the ground up!” (Fischer Aviation)