Monday, 27 August 2012

Lesson 46: Blowing Off The Cobwebs II

A Beautiful Day For Flying
Sunday 26 August 2012: A beautiful day today, I went flying! Oh and the weather was great too!

The airspace restrictions put in place for the Olympics had already been lifted and so my instructor and I went over to the Isle of Sheppey for some general handling and refresher training.

It was great to cover off steep turns to the right (x2), steep turns to the left (x2), practice forced landings (x2) and some side slipping (x2). It was the first time I'd done side slipping and it was really impressive as to how much of a descent you can get the aircraft in. It was dropping at about 900 feet per minute.

My Track Courtesy of MotionX for the iPhone

View of the sky from the Ship Inn at Upnor
I was in G-CEPX today and the radio was fine. The tacho was overeading by about 1500 rpm. I didn't notice at first the big sticker on the cockpit dashboard, so I had to make some adjustments to get her settled in the cruise. 

Afterwards when walking back to the flying school I saw my first Druine Turbulent airplane. These single seater open cockpit aircraft look absolutely gorgeous. I bet they are fun, and they fly on the permit as well. I watched one take off and it was airborne in no time!!

Anyway, a nice day today. I need to book up for my qualifier now. I am toying with the idea of doing a one stop fly-away as a confidence booster. It's been a quiet year for flying, what with the aweful summer we had with the weather and then of course the Olympic airspace restrictions.

46. 26/08/12 C152 G-CEPX EGTO EGTO 11:45 12:45 1:00 EX15, EX16
HOURS = 40:15 DUAL + 09:10 SOLO

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