Lesson 10 – Power on Stalls and Landing

This lesson the weather was nicer than usual and Tom suggested that I practice some new skills. I flew N5253R, same as before and I am becoming much more familiar with it.  I tried to do preflight mostly on my own with Tom watching and pointing out anything I missed. We took off and followed a northern heading out of KCDW. I have gotten used to the steam gauges but still have a little trouble with the compass as I tend to overshoot the heading when turning. After about  10 minutes of cruising and steadily climbing. We practiced a few turns and some slow-flight. I am getting down the procedure of lowering the flaps, switching on carb heat and bringing the engine RPM back to 1600. After Slow flight we did some power on stalls. They were much more difficult to recover from than the power off stalls I was used to but I slowly got the hang of it by learning to use the level on the turn coordinator to stabilize the recovery. Next Tom demonstrated an incipient spin which was both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. We then headed back to Caldwell turned at the Lincoln Park water tank to make our final approach. I carefully followed Toms instructions as we approached the runway making little corrections and decreasing airspeed. I touched the plane down and turned to taxi back to Fischer. I later asked Tom if he had had his hands on the controls during the landing an he said he did not. This was my first landing without Tom holding the controls and is a step forward for me as a student pilot.