All entries for August 2008

August 26, 2008

Lesson 2 – Back into circuit flying

Well lesson 2 and back into circuit flying. Got a strong sense of deja vue having done x lessons 3 years ago. But nothing really useful came back..

Did some work on the radio this time, ok but a lot of variations from the script so was soon lost...

Circuit was ok - landings were much easier than previously remembered but had a worrying tendancy to fly a bIt low.

Need to really get to grips with what to do when on circuits including checks so will keep this blog short and post before next lesson


August 19, 2008

Flying – Things to do

things I have to study ...

  • FREDA and other acronymns
  • read through checklists
  • relaxation techniques


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


August 06, 2008

Booked first Lesson

Writing about web page http://www.almat.co.uk

Hi have just booked my first lesson at ALMAT flying club for 10.00 am Sunday 17th August. Really excited can’t wait to get up into the air!

Going to learn on CESSNA 150/152 which I’m very happy about and with a female instructor Charlene which I’m also looking forward to

Wish me luck


August 02, 2008

Microlighting or Light Aircraft

Well tomorrow is the big day. Going to Long Marston Airfield to explore option of Microlighting and then going to go to ALMAT flying club at Coventry Airport

To be honest at the moment I’m definately leaning towards light aircraft especially if I can learn in a CESSNA 150 or 152.

But both options are worth exploring


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