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Today we got to fly in N811JD, which has a newer interior and instruments than N5253R.
We preflighted the plane as usual, and there are a few minor differences between this plane and 5253R. A lot of this stuff is becoming routine now–preflight has almost become second nature, as well as the context of everything that we’re doing throughout the entire process of a flight lesson.
We started the engine, got the weather, called ATC, taxied to the runway, did our engine run-up, and took off. Today is the lesson that I finally started to be able to notice adverse yaw as it was happening and correct with rudder. I did a fairly nice takeoff–it helped that there were minimal winds–and was sure to counteract the plane’s left-turning tendency as we climbed out.
The lesson before, Tom told me that I needed to be more assertive with my actions flying the plane. This was valuable feedback, and I took this as a cue that I needed to trust what I was doing but also that Tom had been giving me the complete freedom to fly the plane as I saw fit and wanted me to utilize that freedom. With this understood, I was a lot more assertive and confident in my choices during this flight, and I feel like that will be the case in the future.
We did most of the things we did the previous lesson–slow flight, stalls, and the engine-out emergency checklist. Everything in this lesson I performed better than I had the previous lesson (the day before). I attribute it to calmer winds as well as more experience. Keep in mind–by the end of this flight, I will have only accumulated 5 hours in the air!
My approach to the landing was great compared to the day before, and I was able to hold the runway centerline pretty easily. On landing I wanted to flare out sooner than I think I should have (Tom said “wait, wait, not yet”), and as a result we had a small bounce on landing.
After clearing the runway, I taxied too quickly on the ride back and we ended up experiencing a nosewheel shimmy. From what I’ve read, the correct action to remedy this is to pull the power to idle, pull back on the yoke to try to pull weight off of the wheel, and ride it out while maintaining control of the aircraft.
Lastly, after parking the plane you need to tie it down (you can see in the above photo of N811JD that the plane is tied down with ropes). This is something that after 4 lessons I’ve failed to learn, so I am studying to prevent this from being a pain point during my next lesson.