Saturday, 25 June 2011

Lesson 23: A Bumpy Circuit and Spin Awareness

18 June 2011 - Saturday's lesson was good in that it was away from the circuit doing some high bank turns and spin awareness.

The lesson had originally been for doing some circuit work but upon taking off it was gusting quite a crosswind and none too comfortable. The first touch and go meant being subjected to some minor wind sheer and so my instrcutor decided that we should head off east for some general handling.

It was great to be away from the circuit. The Spin was interesting. We climbed to about 5,000 ft and my instructor put the aircraft into a stall position and hit the rudder. One to the left and one to the right. It was quite surprising how much altitude you lose in such a small amount of time. In our case 700ft in a few seconds.

He corrected the spin with "opposite rudder" and recovered from the stall. You can feel the positive G as the aircraft recovers from the dive and starts to climb.

Although no circuit training as such it was still nice to be up flying.

23.18-06-11 C152 G-BNIV EGTO EGTO 08:50 09:55 1:05 EX15, 10B, 11
02:25 SELF

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