Friday, October 31
Flight 03: Stalls, steep turns, slow flight
By Brady Lane at 8:15 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 3.2 | Days since I started: 17 | Cost: $701.20
Today’s flight was incredible!
After takeoff and climbing to 3500 ft, we practiced steep turns, this time trying to hold altitude. (Last time, I’m pretty sure I was all over the map). I was able to keep it within +/- 50 ft.
I then tried my hand at slow flight. I didn’t think this would be that much fun, but coordinating all the controls to perform in harmony was a fun challenge and I really enjoyed keeping us in the air at 50 mph.
Then came the really exciting action—stalls. After reading my homework, I discovered there are numerous kinds of stalls. This was new to me. Until now, I thought a stall was a stall. We practiced power off and power on stalls this time.
The best part of the flight for me was the landing. For the first time, I felt like I actually understood everything that was going on. Jason corrected for a slight crosswind (aileron in, rudder away), but let me do everything else. Wow!
It was a thrilling experience knowing I did 95% of the landing. It wasn’t as smooth as our previous landings that Jason did, but I did it and it worked!