I Got to Fly Again!

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by SkyChaser, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. SkyChaser

    SkyChaser Pre-takeoff checklist

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    The good weather finally coincided with a weekend and stayed longer than an hour and when that happens, this happens:
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    1.6 awesome hours later, I felt like I really was a pilot again. After only flying my night xc on Jan. 13 and before that Dec. 20th, I was worried I would be so rusty by now. I wasn't. LOL

    It was ideal weather - cloud layer at 12k and light winds almost directly down the runway. I did three great short landings right away - landing exactly where I was aiming for each time, just about greasing it on each time. I've never been able to get that so perfect before! I tried some soft field next. That didn't work as well. It seems like they should be easier since it's not so precise, but they weren't yesterday. If it had been a true soft field, I'd have been trying to figure out how to get a plane out of the mud! :p After getting a sorta passable one, my CFI had me try a couple no-flap landings before heading in, since the DPE likes to fail the flaps. She didn't know if he would in the Archer (the recent tests have all been in Skyhawks), but we did a few just in case. I had to go-around my first attempt due to overshooting the final turn. Without flaps, that plane was SO slippery-feeling. And round-out...I felt like I was almost standing the plane on it's tail the nose was up so high! I'm so thankful for flaps - it's nice to be able to see more!

    So, now I'm signed off again for solo and hoping for a lot more good weather this week and next weekend! :)
     
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  2. GRG55

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    All of us in northern winter climes get frustrated when the weather is so awful for along stretch we are grounded. Great to hear you are flying again.

    As for no flaps, it's a Piper. Chop the throttle and it has the glide ratio of a hammer without a handle. :D
    Seriously, with no flaps have your instructor show you how to slip it down final. Drop the left wing, kick in some right rudder and the visibility to the runway in a Piper is superb.
     
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  3. Marshall Alexander

    Marshall Alexander Pre-takeoff checklist

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    GOOD FOR YOU. Just like riding a bicycle, once you know how, you don't loose it all.
    LOL, I've mostly flown 172s and 150s and for the longest time, I didn't use flaps at all.
    The weather has been pretty crappy here too. The FAA signed off my RV9A two weeks ago and I've yet to get to test fly it. I just got to taxi test it today, too windy to fly.
     
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    PaulS Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Get up there and fly girl, we are all happy for you, when is the checkride?
     
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  5. iamtheari

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    We need to know, so we can plan the surprise champagne reception at your hangar.
     
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    In the Pacific Northwest they have a special name for a sunny day that follows two straight days of rain.

    It’s called “Monday”.

    :mad:
     
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  7. SkyChaser

    SkyChaser Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I'm waiting to see. Once the DPE gets his airline schedule, I'll be able to reschedule it. Hopefully that's soon! :)
     
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    Weather has finally turned and my airplane is in the shop. Grrrrrr.
     
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    So ....?!???!?????
     
  10. SkyChaser

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    I just got it rescheduled! April 25th at 8am. I really hope this one actually works! :)
     
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    kayoh190 Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    Fingers crossed! Good luck!
     
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    Excellent! Do a mock ride or two. You’ll do great!
     
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    Good luck!
    And lots of coffee :)
     
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    GaryM Line Up and Wait

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    But not too much coffee.
     
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    PaulS Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Fly your rear off, seriously, a couple times a week , practice, practice, practice. You'll nail it.
     
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    jsstevens Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    And if I may be so bold after my recent experience with the IR check ride, if you take a break-great. Just don't do it right before the check ride. Fly the day before to practice.