Back again ! No lessons the last two weekends because of the weather, rain, rain and rain.
Beautiful today 🙂
After warming up, we lined up for Rangiora Runway 25, facing West. I did a complete take-off, with a little help from Dave with the indication when to full the stick to lift up the nose. And when it came up we had lift-off almost instantly and quickly gained height, making a right turn towards our practice area at Loburn, flying at level flight at 2000ft first and later at 2500ft towards Mt Tomas.
While his was happening, I did a few left and right turns, trying to find a plane we heard on the radio, that we thought would be nearby, but couldn’t spot….
You notice that after not flying for two weekends you need to get into it again, so really need to try to keep up with my lessons, not that anything went wrong, but you just feel that.
Next thing was doing stalls. Here Dave is still doing them, to show me what they are like and how to get out of them.
So engine idle, pulling the stick more and more to keep level flight, and the at around or just below 40 mph it it stalls. We did about 3 I think with no flaps. We had 2 where both wings stall, that’s a nice one and all you do is push the stick 2″ or so forward to assist the “dive” gaining speed, and if I remember well, with that stick position and applied engine power, you climb again to your original altitude, level off and its done.
With a side slip were one wing stalls first, you apply full rudder in opposite direction to get the wind flowing again over that wing, and then the rest is the same….
After that we applied flaps, full flaps I think, and here the plane stalled at a much lower speed, something like 25 mph. The stall was much gentler and not so abrupt.
On our way back to Rangiora, Dave showed me zig zagging. Basically starting a turn, by banking and rudder, and then a few seconds later changing bank to opposite direction, and correction the slip with opposite rudder direction. A good way of practising the rudder and aileron coordination. Pretty sure we will be doing this more.
By now we arrived at the Rangiora circuit again, were we joined by flying at 1500ft above ground level ,then making a right turn, flying over the threshold (end of the runway) down to 1000ft, followed by a down wind leg, and then the last turn with full flaps to land an the same runway 25 again. Not sure anymore, but I think I did most of the landing “work”, basically flying down to a few feet, maybe 10 ft, pulling the stick to go level flight and while still slowing down, you just come down and land 🙂
Turning left as you do to clear the runway, making a 360 turn to check traffic, then across the runway to the other side back to the hangar.
All in all a good flight again !!!!!!