I took Charlotte for a ride along on a flying lesson for the first time on Sunday. I may have neglected to mention that the lesson was focused around learning how to recover from a stall. As you can see from the images below, she didn’t find that entirely amusing.
Afterwards she complained about feeling a little unwell. Considering we fell ~300 feet in a few seconds when my instructor was demonstrating what a stall feels like I can understand why. We then went through a few rounds of recovering from stalls just by pitching the aircrafts nose down, in which we fell around 250 feet, and a few rounds of recovering from stalls by both pitching the nose down and increasing the power of the engine — using this method we fell only 50 feet.
The lesson this Sunday was quite memorable for me because it was also the first time I had control of the aircraft the entire time from walk-around checks through take off, the lesson itself, landing and taxiing back to the parking area. I’ll keep the blog up to date with my progress as I move further toward getting my PPL.
I bought myself a Pilot’s Flying Logbook on Sunday after an interesting lesson in which I learnt more about Straight and Level Flight, saw two de Havilland Tiger Moth biplanes, did my first take off and experienced my first go-around (aborted landing due to a plane taxiing onto the runway we were about to land on)
It has three entries so far; I look forward to adding a lot more in the next few months whilst the weather is so nice.
One of the nice things about working, opposed to studying, is that I now don’t feel guilty about not spending all my time working on coursework. Time for a hobby!
Living 15 minutes walk from Cambridge Airport I quite often see people learning to fly, and thought it looked like fun — so decided to start myself on a course to gain a PPL (Private Pilots License). It should take around 50 hours of flying time, and 8 exams on topics ranging from Radio Communication to Meteorology, to gain my license.
Here are some photos from my first flight out:
My tutor, Vanessa, said I seemed to have a natural talent for it, and even allowed me to make the final approach to landing — only taking control from me when 10ft from the ground — perhaps all those video game hours have finally paid off.
I have another lesson on Sunday and cannot wait!
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