I haven’t had a chance to do my 3rd solo to the practice area yet. Tom feels I’m ready but given how busy it has been at Caldwell I’ve decided to come in on a day when it’s less crowded to give it a try.
Instead we began our cross country training today with diversions. In preparation for hit I had prepared a VFR flight plan to KMSV. Departing 28 we headed up towards KMSV passing Greenwood Lake, the Ski Area, etc. Once past the ski area Tom asked to go to Sussex. Using a general course between the highway and ski area I was able to navigate us there. We passed Sussex and Tom asked to head to Andover. I managed to fly over Andover without actually seeing it right below me (literally).
The challenge on this day was turbulence. Definitely a day where trying to orient myself using charts and also keep the plane flying was the most challenging it’s been. Regardless Tom graded me a 3 on this lesson. Next up are lessons getting in and out of uncontrolled airports. That should be exciting.