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August 18, 2008

First Lesson (Again)

Had my first lesson yesterday at Almat flying school Bagington.

As usual was quite nervous, but instructor Ken really nice and friendly which helps!. Quick briefing session,, when I realised I had forgotten the checks procedures and then off we went.

Plane was a little CESSNA 152 and after climbing in, it all did seem vaguely familiar. (Thanks to Rachel who let me sit in the Cessna last week - it helped) 

Taxying again did seem relatively easy- going across grass was new though. Managed to keep roughly to the yellow line

Ken did the radio and power checks then lined up on the runway. He did the rudder and i did the control column as we took of at 70kts - a great feeling. Once in the air did the climbing, turning and trimming revision exercises which went okay. Still not 100% accurate with trimming though. Then did some more practice with turning, talked through the FREDA checks etc

After about 30 mins started to feel really sick - problem as plane has no sick bags,, but manged to keep it all in.

Returned to airfield via Draycot water,,, and I approached the runway (a little hesitently) we came in too land. Touchdown was ok - but I think the approach was a bit erratic

All in all a good lesson and looking forward to next week.

Cessna 152


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