Busy week in the Private Pilot License training.
Spent an hour in the air on Thursday morning. The day dawned rainy and overcast but it cleared up just a few minutes before we took off. Steve let me handle the entire taxi and takeoff which gave me a chance to really feel how the steering and rudder control works. In flight, I concentrated on the rudder and started to get good control. Just like driving a car, the secret is small corrections all the time. Once established in the training area, we worked on climbs and descents. Every airplane has optimum speeds, power setting and attitudes for different scenarios. I have to know everyone of them for the exams and the goal of this flight was for Steve to demonstrate, me to practice and try to get a feeling for each one. For those keeping count, that gets me up to 3.7 hours out of the minimum 45 required.
Thursday evening was Class 3 in Ground School. Information about types of airspace, radio procedures and flying in different weather and altitude conditions. Lots more things to memorize.
Installed Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X yesterday. Along with 747’s, floatplanes and fighters, they also have the Cessna 172 like I fly at the club. Amazingly realistic! The instruments are identical and the characteristics appear to be authentic. Only problem is, controlling the airplane using the keyboard is nothing like the real thing. A solution is at hand by purchasing and installing a controller that looks and acts like the control column in the Cessna. I’ll try and pick one up this week. It’s so easy to get engrossed with this program. I’ve already “flown” a number of circuits from Brampton Airport and I even accomplished a take-off from Downsview ending with a landing at Pearson International. Ok, that’s not really realistic because the chances of me landing at YYZ in anything but an emergency situation are really, really slim. Landing is where you really run into the limitations of keyboard control but I hope the new controller will take care of that.
Busy, busy, busy.