Update: Week 29 (~84hrs) > Short Version: First flights with new CFI > So after the annual, wx delays and some logistics with the new instructor it game on again! > I had done some solo work the day before our first flight. There was a skylane waiting to depart. I had just stuck this great short field, making the first taxi turn (yes..that one is short!). My CFI comes on the Unicom "Hey is that you!" Turns out he was doing a IR lesson at the same time. Cool! > Anyway, next day first thing he says is you're way to comfortable at your home base. So we struck out hitting airports I had never done. He definitely does things differently than the previous instructor. No better or worse, just a different style. > We practiced overflying the field at PA + 1000 and then tear drop 270's back down into the downwind. Interesting. Previous instructor taught to enter on upwind and then turn crosswind at departure end of runway to work into downwind. My wife usually crosses midfield and then into downwind. I'm starting to think there are probably 19 other ways to do it now > The toughest & funnest challenge was a airport within my solo range (Le Seur). Nice airport but has a pit at the end of the runway and the runway slopes down towards it. The wind was switching so we landed both directions to get used to flying over that pit. And, to really challenge me he had me do one with a slight tail wind. Wow, flare lasted forever. And with the runway sloping down and a pit at the end it really had my attention! I will definitely practice at this airport again (not the tail wind part though). > The first lesson went 2 hours so we ended with a full hour of night flight! I did 3 landings for him. I guess I never thought I would fly at night again until after PPL since I had the night dual, night landings etc already done. > Lets make it even more interesting. Last takeoff that night, he is watching the side of the runway thinking he might have seen deer/critter eyes (I've seen deer and coyote here already). I come around the corner, add full power and then see this light up ahead and high. He says pull the power. We maybe held hands briefly as we both reached to the pull the power at the same time. I braked hard enough that one tired lightly screeched and then took the first taxi turn off. Turns out this Bonanza (no you are not evil, your planes are actually quite cool) was on a straight in final and probably pretty far out with really bright lights. And his final was going to be downwind/tailwind??? Someone probably didn't check the AWOS. Anyway, once clear of the runway the CFI was going to talk and said "Can I". He said "Sure" so I said: " Glencoe traffic, Skylane one two Quebec, aborted takeoff on runway 31 due to traffic on long final for runway 13, clear of the runways, Glencoe". A bit later the Banana pilot said he would enter the downwind for 31. No harm, no foul and it turned out to be another great lesson. > The second training flight was the other day. Really hazy so we kept nearby, climbed to 4000 to get above it and started reviewing stalls, engine outs and Slips for the first time!!!! I think I really did good on his engine out, found a great field, saw and avoided a large power lines and was all the way to 40 flaps and maybe 500agl before a go around. > On the way back from the flight I did my trademark - 4 whites on final - but I slipped it - wow - why the hell did I not learn that like 20hrs back with the previous instructor. I need to do this again with the instructor but now I get it. > I asked what he's thinking. He said other than emergency descents (last thing I have not done) he said he feels I'm going really good and just need to "tighten" everything up a bit. > I love his energy level...I can sense he genuinely wants to help me finish up. I could see learning IR from him. > I know there are always delays and I'm sure I'll probably need to fly with him a few more times that I might expect. > Just nice to be flying again > Also, trying out some QT Halo's but I'll PIREP those in another thread. > And my Garmin Pilot just updated again, now seems to have many of the iOS version features. Last update added glide rings, log tracks, etc. I don't really use the tablet that often - but it didn't crash an I was able to see my fight track afterwards. I thought Cloud Ahoy was pretty cool but I think the EFB makers will have the advantage on this feature.