Flight two – Ground Maneuvers

Went back up today for my second flight and spent 2 hours working through power-on stalls, power-off stalls, slow flight, 45 degree turns, turns around a point, s-turns, and rectangular course. It was fun to get my feet wet on those different maneuvers. Some felt more natural than others, ie: 45 degrees…

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Richard Brown
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30 May 2016
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Went back up today for my second flight and spent 2 hours working through power-on stalls, power-off stalls, slow flight, 45 degree turns, turns around a point, s-turns, and rectangular course. It was fun to get my feet wet on those different maneuvers. Some felt more natural than others, ie: 45 degrees turning to the left was not a problem but going to the right I kept decreasing the bank in my turn to about 30 degrees. I think it was the positioning of being visually higher up in relation to where I am sitting in the plane (left side higher up in a right hand bank than left hand).

We did two more touch and go’s followed by a landing to a complete stop. Much better this time when adding full throttle in the touch and go. I eased it in a little slower and compensated better with the right rudder. I still struggle with my visual reference on when to flare and want to flare too early.  (All things in due time). Those poor landing gear struts on that Cherokee… Oh, and keeping my speed up on final approach.While pointing to my airspeed my instructor said “You might want to watch that so we don’t end up in the field instead of on the runway…”

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