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Lesson 8 - Stuff that makes you feel disoriented

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Due to low fog that wouldn't clear on the 1/11 lesson 8 was postponed until 9am on 15/11. Conditions were looking fine this time, not to hot nor cold and hardly and clouds about. Did the pre-flight checks on MJG and then came back inside to work out fuel and weight calculations. As I was half way through Joe, the Chief Flying Instructor asked me to hop in EWN instead (I think the owner wants us to fly that one more often, didn't worry me as it's also very similar to MJG in terms of systems and state, and is also powerful). So out I went again to MJG and tied her down and then pre-flighted EWN (Pretty cool paint scheme on her). Once that was done I started her up and taxied to the run up bay. As I just said, this 152 is also very nice, very clean, got a GPS and strobes. However the radio wasn't too good, sounding a bit quiet when talking to ATC. Anyway did the run-ups and then taxied to 17R (Yep, first time I've used a different runway to 35 hehe!). Took off and then headed for the training area (After being careful not to go over the coast or cross 17L, sort of like a tight laneway hehe).

Once we got to the training area my instructor took over and we got straight into steep turns. To start off we did a few 45* turns, which are nothing compared to 60*. Then we focused on turning to headings and landmarks and so forth. All seemed good. Then we got into the hard stuff. The 60* turn. You really feel the G's doing these, and you really have to pay attention to your speed, the bank and also making sure your not descending or ascending. My first one I stuffed up and lost it unfortunately so Tony decided to fix her up by rolling out and then rolling back the other way to get to the original heading. Boy o boy did you feel the G's then, even the stall warning came on. Made me sh!t myself haha. So back on track it was my turn again. This time I pulled off a perfect steep turn so I was pleased (and so was Tony). We then did a few more to the right and then to a heading. Really gotta watch your heading too and pay attention to when you have to roll out. Then we did some were we pretended to loose it and have to recover from it. The first one he did he showed me what happens when you pull back when you trying to recover. Again, the G's almost killed me haha. I got out of mine quickly before it developed into anything bad. Probably not good to do so training wise but if I was put in the situation at least I know I would get out of it quickly :P We then did some descending turns which were pretty easy and then headed back to Moorabbin.

Due to having to use Rwy 17 and given our location we decided to go back via GMH and also do some circuits. Joined the circuit on base but was a bit fast. Probably because I was paying attention to one of Tiger Wood's shots that went high in the air close to where I turn final :D (bit further north of the airport). Coming in on final I was still a bit fast even with full flaps. Flared a little too late which caused me to hit the deck harder than usual and was a bit off to the left but other than that it was ok. Tony commented saying he didn't touch the controls at all so that was something positive that came out of it, the fact that I did it all myself, from entering the circuit to landing.

The next circuit I was a bit wide, and at about mid-late downwind Tony asked if I'd done a glide approach yet. I replied 'no' and so he requested to the tower to do a glide approach. They said 'yes' and so Tony put on the carby and brought the power back to idle, and headed for the runway. The next few minutes felt like seconds. Heading for the runway instead of lining up, no power to help you which means you have to delay your flap and was a bit wide in the circuit. But somehow Tony pulled it off and landed right on the centerline and as soft as a baby's bum, which made my previous set up landing look crap :D There was a 152 waiting for us to land too, I reckon they would have been crapping in their pants as we were headed right for them until the last minute when Tony corrected to put us along the centerline. Was pretty awesome :D Next circuit was a good one, 60 knots, 500ft and full flap on final. Touchdown was a lot better and was on the centerline.

So that was it for lesson 8. Pretty exciting stuff, and now I can't wait for my next lesson. I was also given the info and papers for the 'Single Engine Piston Aeroplane Endorsement'. So a bit of homework to do these holidays, including studying for my pre-solo test.

Oh yeah, found a pic of EWN that I took at the Dawn Patrol...


Until next time, happy flying guys :)

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