After my last flying adventures, in which I got way more comfortable with my short field landings, I hit the sky again today with an agenda in hand.
You see, on Friday I flew with my instructor again and have now received my final signoff for the FAA check ride.
Woohoo! That means it's final practice and cramming time!
On the agenda today was:
- Slow Flight. My goal was to fly along at 50mph, make a few 180 and 360 degree turns, and do so without gaining or losing more than 100 feet.
- Power/Pitch Coordination. I wanted to decelerate from 110 mph to 50 mph without gaining or losing more than 100 feet and then accelerate back to 110 mph.
- Perform at least 2 good soft field landings and takeoffs.
- Make three short field landings and takeoffs.
- Simulate two engine failures while in the pattern and land at a reasonable place on the runway.
- And, just for good measure, one good wheel landing.
The pattern at South County Airport wasn't too crowded and things went quite well. The only negative thing I can say is that my wheel landing wasn't quite "good", but that's okay. Wheel landings are not an exam requirement anyway. There will always be time to practice more. :-)
As a bonus, I even located the electrical problem that's been causing our transponder to work on an intermittent basis. (I used the "whack the electrical panel with fist method...") It's not fixed in a permanent way yet, but at least we know where to look.
If only the oil leak was as easy to track down...
Posted by jzawodn at December 03, 2006 09:28 PM