Sunday, July 27, 2014

No flying - stressful at work

I'm going through a very stressful time at work right now, and so have not been able to schedule regular flight lessons. It's been almost 2 weeks since my last one!

I'm at a bit of a plateau in my pattern and landing practice. I think that, too often, I end up coming in too high and relying on slips to burn energy; slips are a good skill, but I should be able to execute a predictable, smooth approach at my friendly, familiar favorite local airport without resorting to violent last-minute maneuvers. :)

Another thing is that I still am not "stable" and in complete authority in the pattern. A lot of this is really my worry about if and when my instructor is going to tell me to do something. But also, I do a very poor job of looking where I should be looking -- I am looking all over the place rather than simply looking forwards, so the nose wallows up and down while turning and leveling out. I really need to do a few "good habits patterns" where I ask the instructor to help me with my habits rather than with my performance.

I have at hand the pre-solo written test from my flying club and am going through it. It's not hard; I just need to refresh my knowledge of the FARs.

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