Hour 15.6 - More Patterns, Approaches and more Radio calls. Ground School Flight Planning!!
Well, I was a little concerned because I've only flown twice in the last two weeks (today being the 2nd time). Fortunately, it went very well. I was pretty tired after a bit over an hour, but I did pretty good on keeping my speed and alt (at least for the first half of the lesson). I'm still h aving a bit of a problem keeping my speed at 60 KIAS on the final but, I'm getting there. I get slow on the turn and then I fight speeding up and down which throws off my approaches.
Steep approaches are pretty good for me now. However, I did so many in a row over the last two lessons that normal approaches feel like I'm zooming into the hover after the ultra-slow approach for the steep angle. However, on both I'm doing much better on looking outside the cockpit instead of chasing the gauges. Now, if I can get to that point on the final leg, it'll be much easier to hit the approaches since I will be entering the maneuver at the right speed.
Hovers were solid and my radio calls were much improved. It still throws me a bit (especially on final for some reason) but, I'm getting there and it was much better than last time.
We covered flight planning in the ground school. It was a blast. I really enjoyed going over the various calculations and route planning and will be doing some "what if" planning during the week. I have to submit a flight plan for a 150nm flight for my PPL course at UVSC so, I'll be working on that this week as well with the intent of finalizing it and turning it in 2 weeks from now.
Because tonight was over the planning, I purchased the sectional for this area (Charlotte) and an A/FD. I've been studying the airspace for a week or so now but, having the full sectional (versus the insets in the Jeppesen book) make a huge difference in understanding the symbols.
On another front, I'm waiting on some pedals and have simulator software and a collective and joystick. Once the pedals come in, I'm hoping the sim will help me work out some of the consistency I'm missing with only flying once a week right now. Not sure if it's going to work but we'll see.
Until next week, safe flying.
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