The last few weeks of flying have been squeezed in around windy, rainy, winter weather and student pilots suffering with the dreaded flu lurgy. Winter weather and Jabiru repairs have meant lessons have been shorter than usual. Uncomfortable winds and the abrupt arrivals of grey rainy fronts have made landings and take offs interesting! A couple of times Greg has missed out on a lesson altogether, but today we had a cold, wind free afternoon in the sky – joy oh joy. We aim for at least one lesson a week. Two a week (in a perfect world) would be wonderful but in reality, you fly when you can.
Greg and I are both in circuits which makes for some very funny debriefs at the pub on our way home (well, the pub is on the way home). Anyone listening might wonder at our animated, adrenalin fuelled, wide eyed conversations about flares, piano keys, aiming points and FULL THROTTLE NOW!
Circuits use all the skills we’ve been learning and add the new challenges of how to take off and land. There’s nothing quite like seeing the ground coming at you at great speed when you fly into a touch and go landing. It’s a total brain overload of pre-landing checks, lining up the aiming point, keeping the front wheel up to flare and GENTLY meet the ground. Suddenly it’s full power again and you barrel down the runway at 70kph as your adrenalin reaches an all time high, praying for perfect rudder skills to keep you out of the ditch. Then you pull up the nose and like magic, you soar again!
They say aviation is a lesson in patience and I’m sure it’s true. I’m grateful to Liz for being an extremely patient instructor. I’ve been so much more relaxed over the past few lessons; I can feel the terror slowly seeping away and being replaced with a brand new, wobbly knee confidence.
If the westerlies are good to us, we’ll fly again on the weekend. If not then it’s more armchair flying….or the flight sim, which I’ll tell you about next time. Until then soar high.
P.S. I’ve taken some short videos to show you and will post them as soon as I get some techy advice.