the "f" in "I'm safe"
By carlson on Jun 08, 2008
Tim and I went up to knock off some of that simulated instrument time I still need, and to get some flight test prep time, as I think I'm getting close to taking the test.
We started with a soft-field take-off from Lawrence, which was a bit shaky. I haven't practiced this in a while.
The temperature in the morning was pushing 90, and it just got hotter as the day went. We headed out to Portsmouth first, putting on the hood at 500 feet AGL. Tim had me do the approach and descent to about 500 feet before I could take the hood off again. A quick side-step, and I landed without trouble -- not too hard to do with an 11000 foot runway.
We taxied off, and Tim pointed out where I'll go for my practical test, then we sweltered in a run-up area while I set the radios up for a short trip to an untowered airport for practice.
I sounded like a rank beginner when I got there. I think it was mostly the heat -- and fatigue -- that caused this. I keyed the microphone, let out a huge "uuuhhh" and proceeded to give one position report after another that left big question marks in the sky. Sigh. An uneventful landing, then another soft-field, but a little better.
Then more hood work on the way back to Lawrence. Somewhere near Portsmouth (I can always tell where that is by the turbulence), he had me do a stall and recovery. It's nerve-wracking under the hood, because I can't see where the nose is going, so I have more worry about spinning. In recovery, I forgot the carb heat, and Tim let me know it.
I then used the VOR to get back to Lawrence, and took off the hood at around 1000 feet. We were at 1.9 hours total time (around 1.2 under the hood), and I was drenched in sweat. I'm feeling a little more confident, though.