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Month: October 2016

Lesson 02 – first stall

Wow, I went thru my first stall.  Mats told me to slow down the plane, put down flaps, and then pull the power back, and try to hold  altitude. As I started pulling back on the yoke, I knew we were going to fall down.  I was waiting for my death as the stall horn started screaming.  My heart started to pump up fast!  Suddenly it happened.  The plane started falling forward…

I don’t like roller coasters at all, and this felt exactly like that. Even worse is there is nothing below our feet towards the ground that will hold us.

I think this was Mats’s way of giving a taste of stall to new students.  He told me to clean up the plane and we go back.  I think we’ll practice more stalls in coming weeks, which means I need to get over my fear of stalls…

This is how stall looks (not me):


Lesson 01 – Cleared for take-off…

I finally did it!  I decided to get my private pilot license.

Today was my first lesson w/ my CFI Mats.   We went thru pre-flight, and then he did all the radio communications while I did taxi, take-off, climb, and basic maneuvers, including slow speed.  I understand now how to slow down a plane; idea is to bring up the nose to slow down.  Best of this lesson was I did the landing (with a lot of help from him) and it was amazing to see the runway start small and then get bigger and bigger and bigger, finally feeling the tires grabbing the runway.

Mats is very good teacher, he lets me do almost everything, while explaining how it works and what I should do.   I am lucky to have him (thanks Joe).  (Mats reminds me my model airplane teacher Chuck who taught me how to fly model airplanes).

Homework: listen to ATC on the phone.

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