A Family Adventure

Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

bumpy ride

July 31, 2011
Emilie Phillips

Today was my first flight lesson in the middle of the day. I have cleverly scheduled all the others for the morning when the air is still and cool. It took a bit to get used to the turbulence. Even after I stopped freaking out about the airplane going every which way, it was still a good deal harder to control. We did much of the same exercises as the other flights. We did one new maneuver, a slip. That was not actually that hard.

Holding altitude seems to be one of my biggest problems. For a given power setting, holding altitude requires having the nose pointed up at a particular angle. If I get shown that angle, I can replicate it for a bit, but then after doing 10 other things, I forget the angle again. I expect practice will make perfect on that one.

Landings were a little more “fun” today. There was the bumpiness, and, unlike bright and early in the morning, there were tons of other people out flying. I had to watch out for other traffic, not overtake the airplane in front of me, make sure they got off the runway fast enough, etc. All in all it seemed a lot more complicated than the previous lesson, and I had troubles keeping everything in my head. On the plus side, by the end I got a couple landings where I did not smack the airplane into the ground quite as hard.