The days are getting really short, which meant my 4-6 PM scheduled lesson would mostly occur during evening civil twilight. Something came up and Tom wasn’t available so we decided that I would do some cross wind pattern work with Fischer Aviation’s newest instructor, Peter Book.
Today was actually the first time I’ve flown at night and the first time in 3 months I flew the pattern at CDW. Combining both factors, it seemed to be a challenging training environment. However, I was extremely satisfied with my flight skills.
My night flying impressions:
1. It is difficult to distinguish the field from the rest of the surrounding areas, especially when making the turn from downwind to base and base to final. Somehow, I pictured it to be lit up like a Christmas tree like in the movies but it never seemed that way.
2. It’s difficult to judge heights because there are less landmarks visible compared to the day.
I enjoyed my time with Peter and the different perspective that another instructor brings. At the end of today’s lesson, I had no doubt that I’m ready to solo.