Saturday, September 3, 2016
I called and got a weather briefing this morning. Apparently, the briefer thought Moontown is a hilarious name for an airport. The briefer said, “You should have ideal weather” and the weather was truly beautiful, and not as blazingly hot as it’s been the last few weeks. I REALLY need to study weather more, because the weather briefing is a bit overwhelming to me. It was great that this guy talked a little slower than the lady last week and seemed to have a sense of humor. I didn’t feel as clueless.
PREFLIGHT AND TAKEOFF
I did the preflight and then we took off. I really need to add more right rudder and get more coordinated. I’m remembering the steps for take-offs and landings a bit better, especially take-offs. We are going to concentrate on those next lesson, so I should chair fly some this week to review/preview.
The first thing we worked on was slow flight. Again, I need to work on my coordination. Mr. King explained I should think of it as using small amounts of pressure on the yoke rather than actually moving the yoke. After he said that, I improved, it’s amazing how much thinking of something differently can affect how you do it! My main problem is that sometimes when I notice an unintended change in altitude or speed I try to correct it all at once rather than gradually.
My steep turns to the right were great, but to the left needs work as I lost more altitude than I should have. Again, I need to work on my coordination.
I did 3 power off stalls, which I feel like I am getting the hang of, and then 2 power on stalls after Mr. King demonstrated one. I haven’t worked on those as much, so they are not anywhere near automatic yet.
SIMULATED ENGINE OUT:
We also practiced a Simulated Engine Out and I really need to work more on memorizing the steps. Basically, you are trying to trade your excess speed for time and distance while you are deciding where to put the plane down. This time, when Mr. King said, “Your engine’s out, what’s the first thing you should do?” I did respond with carb heat on, rather than “cry” like I did the first time he asked me that which was several lessons ago, BEFORE we went over it. So, that was an improvement!
According to my checklist it’s: (1) Carb Heat on (2) mixture rich (3) fuel on both (4) check your mags (5) check if primer is in and locked (6) slow to 65 (best glide speed) (7) when on final and have it made, all flaps down, master switch off, open the door. (You open the door so if the plane gets bent up, you’re not pinned inside.) You can find the information you need to practice this in the Pilot’s Operating Handbook for the plane you’re flying and ask your instructor.
I landed twice after taking off twice, so all in all, a good day! As the old saying does, takeoffs are optional, but landings are mandatory.
What I’m working on this week:
Weather Briefings – I need to understand exactly what they’re going to tell me and write it down in an organized way.
Steps in an Engine Out Situation-Familiarize myself with the steps and call them out so I learn them well.
Review/Preview Take-Offs and Landings-Just go over the steps and call them out/chair fly.