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Lesson 5 - Falling from the sky

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9/8/09 at 11am marked my 5th lesson, and overall my 5th hour of flying. The topic for the lesson was Stalls, and they were to be done in the 152 TNU. Yes, I was back in that horrible 152 that felt like you were sitting in a Mini, well for me anyway. However today was completely different. It seems it was me that was the problem, as I was slouching to much we meant my knees were higher. So sitting up properly solved that problem, and from now sitting up properly is part of my checks. So off I taxied to the run-up bay. I finally felt like I had the hang of taxing. Comes pretty naturally now, but I guess it would after 5 lessons practice. Hold short of 35L, call the tower asking for the training area, cleared to take-off and off we go again. Nothing eventful this lesson trying to get out of YMMB (or in for that matter). So once we got out to the training area the fun begun...

The first thing was just your regular stall. My instructor showed me what to do and then it was my turn. Basically you put the carby heat on, pull the power right back to idle, bring the nose up and wait for the stall warning buzzer to make some noise. Then you take the carby heat off, let the nose drop, apply full power, bring the nose back up and away you go. So pretty easy really, and makes the word 'stall' seem less daunting (to me anyway). The next stall was to repeat the same thing but instead of applying full power to level out you just let it pick up some speed by gliding down and then level out. The overall result is you loose more height but if you were in an emergency and had no power you'd have no choice if you stalled but to glide.

The next stall was were things got tricky for me. These stalls involved a wing drop. So carby heat on, reduce the power back to 1500 rpm, bring the nose up and wait for the stall warning. Carby heat off, but instead of the nose dropping this time, the left wing (left for me, not sure if it drops right?) drops and it's a whole new ball game. It means you need to put a whole boot of right rudder in, apply full power and then level the wings. The first time I tried wasn't too bad, although didn't apply full power at the right time. The second time was absolutely shocking. What made it shocking for me was the surprise I got when the wing dropped and they were almost vertical to the horizon. So I started panicking because I didn't know how to get out of it and turned the ailerons right. That just made it worst! Not sure how we ended up getting out of it, probably a whole lot of right rudder? Was a really scary moment though I can tell you that. So after that it was back to the training area, but this time via Parkmore/GMH. I made the call at Parkmore but stuffed it up hehe, probably due to me being nervous. We also did one circuit on 35R as Tony wanted to show me how to perform a circuit for the next lesson. Looked to be quite busy to stay on top of everything.

So that's Lesson 5. Next lesson we start circuits, something I'm looking forward to :)

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