Learning how to fly
Wednesday: No Rain; no visibility either.
Thursday: Take instructor to lunch. Discover I don`t know enough to take instructor to lunch
Friday: FLY! Do first stall and second stall during same maneuver, cover instructor with lunch.
Monday: Learned not to scrape frost from plexiglass with ice-scraper. Used big scratches marker to set pitch.
Tuesday: Instructor wants me to stop calling throttle „THAT BIG KNOB THING“. Also hates when i call instruments „GADGETS“.
Wednesday: Radios wan`t pick up radiostations, so I turn them off. Instructor seems to think i missed something.
Thursday: Learned 10 degree bank is not a steep turn. Did stall again today. Lost 2000 feet. Instructor said that was some kind of record. — My first compliment.
Friday: Did steep turn. Instructor said I was not ready for inverted flight yet.
Monday: Instructor called in sick. New instructor told me to stop calling her „BABE“. Did steep turns. She said I had to have permission for inverted flight.
Tuesday: Instructor back. He told me to stop calling him „BABE“, too. He got mad when I pulled power back on takeoff because the engine was too loud.
Wednesday: Instructor said after the first 20 hours, most students have established a learning curve. He said there was a slight bend in mine. Aha – progress!
Thursday: Did stalls. Clean recovery. Instructor said I did a good job. Also did turns around a point. Instructor warned me never to pick ex-fiance`s house as point again.
Friday: Did pattern work. Instructor said that if downwind, air base, and final approach formed a triangle, I would be perfect. More praise!
Monday: First landing at controlled field. Did fine until i told the captain in the 747 ahead of us on taxiway to move his bird. Instructor says we`ll have ground school all this week on radio procedures.
Tuesday: Asked instructor if everyone in his family had turned gray at such an early age. He smiled. We did takeoff stalls. He says I did just fine but to wait we reach altitude next time. Three niner juliet will be out of the shop in three days when the new strut and tire arrive. Instructor says his back bother him only a little.
Wednesday: Flew through clouds. I thought those radio towers were a lot lower. I`m sure my instructor is going gray.
Thursday: Left flaps down for entire flight. Instructor asked why. I told him I wanted the extra lift as a safety margin. More ground school.
Friday: Asked instructor when I could solo. I had never seen anyone acutally laugh until they cried before.