Lesson : 1-3 | Nov 1, 2020 | .5 Simulated | 1.5 total Background: I started my IFR journey 2 years back and this is the 3rd of 4rth time starting it lol. My independent CFII disappeared on me, so I finally went back to the local flight school where I did my private from and enrolled there. I have some actuals under my belt - about 9 hours or so and total of 15 hrs simulated + actuals. I wanted do most of the training in actual, but thats not going to happen this time of the year, so I will be doing the next best thing - flying at night. Took the first lesson there and knocked out Lesson 1-3 (Cessna flight school syllabus). it was a bit surprising that I could still hand fly lol. Lesson 1: Preflight, taxi, runup, normal take-off and climb, straight and level, trimming, standard rate level altitude turns, constant airspeed climbs and descents Lesson 2: Airspeed changes in level flight, Constant rate climbs and Descents, Constant rate climbs and Descents with constant airspeed (90kts), turning climbs and Descents Lesson 3: Timed turned to magnetic compass heading, compass turns to magnetic headings We took some numbers as documented below for future reference while flying approaches: RPM KTS 2150 90 1700 90 - 500 FPM descent rate 1500 90 - 700 FPM Descent rate finally, we shot the RNAV 18 back to fargo and after a long long time, i actually hand flew the entire approach and didnt mess it up lol. haven't looked at the compass much over last 2 years or so, so that was a refresher. overall i am happy with the 1.5 hrs logged and how I performed. CFII agrees, but I had to warn him to not build up hope until we do the VOR part. next few lessons will mostly be repeat of flying by the numbers and I believe steep turns, stalls and unusual attitude recovery under the hood. I might document the entire training here and hopefully someone finds it helpful.