Saturday, December 25, 2004


12-25-04 is Christmas, so no flying. Although an instructor is available Sunday, I have other commitments and can't go fly.

Saturday, December 18, 2004


12-18-04 B signs all the endorsements I need. Also he extends my solo endorsement for the L13 and PW5. I need three instructional flights within 90 days of the test, and my October flights will expire before 1/19. So I need to fly... but winds ground us in the afternoon and I have to leave without flying. Should not be a problem to get flights in the next month.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Practical test day ... NOT!

Oral & Practical test day. I'm worried about the weather because the wind is easterly and strong. If they reverse operations, I've never flown that way! But that turns out not to be a problem.

The BIG problem is that when they check my paperwork, I do not have a couple of endorsements I need! Apparently none of my instructors knew this: you need an endorsement for aerotow in order to be PIC on aerotow. Also, I need my written test endorsed stating that I have received instruction in all areas missed. Plus, they never endorsed my student pilot cert for solo, just my logbook.

So I can't take my test. R's next available date is Jan. 19, so we rebooked for then. Big bummer!

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Practical practice

12-04-04 One solo flight from 4000' AGL, to practice the practical sequence. Lousy weather, cold with a front coming in, but a 8000' AGL ceiling so at least we could glide. Funny takeoff - I kind of oscillated back and forth laterally. Maybe I was not reducing my rudder inputs as speed picked up. Good wake box. Good straight stalls and turning without spoilers. Turning with spoilers did not seem to want to fully stall. Some turbulence over the hills, maybe wind picking up. No lift, just a little zero sink. Fine landing.

I thought T might let me fly the PW5 but he left while I was flying the Blanik - I guess he was not feeling well and I don't think he wanted to be the one to send me up, although he did sign my book for it.