I went to upstate to pick up my fixed car, so I tried to practice in the afternoon. But the winds were strong and gusty from all directions, so we practiced navigation on the simulator.
Just like old times, simulator was hard to control, pitch and bank was not smoothly adjusted. It really defeats our focus of the practice on VOR navigation. So we set auto pilot for heading and altitude, but hand flying the VOR.
We actually made a mistake on VOR, we wanted to use HUG for the TO indicator, and use SAX for the FROM indicator, but they were set backwards on our panel, so we were following the wrong station for quite a while. Luckily, the two stations were not too far away from each other, so we were in the right general direction. I understood that the needle can come in quickly if we intercept it in an acute angle, and we had to turn to the other direction rather steeply to maintain the correct heading. Instead it is recommended to cut in at a 30 degrees angle. There are always exceptions, and case by case difference.
On the way back, we tracked HUG From and set SAX to verify and monitor our progress. Until the very end, we set Morristown localizer to simulate IFR approach. The localizer was very sensitive, and it was really hard to maintain both directional and attitude control. In the end, we flew VFR to land, and it was much easier with visual flight rules.
I will watch more VOR videos, and practice this area for the written test. Until next time, so long!