My flight this Monday was both fun and humbling. And most of all it lead me to seeing a double rainbow!
I’m sure a number of you have seen the video below with the guy who saw a double rainbow. Now whether he was on something or not is besides the point. All I want to say, is I saw something like that, but instead of it being a stagnant double rainbow, it happened to be in view everywhere I flew within the rain coming down. Pretty spectacular.
The flight was my first in a few weeks due to me being gone for a week at the end of February and the weather continually getting in my way. I’m at that point where I am working on cross country flight preparation and getting soloed at the local airports I’ll be flying to and from. Problem is that I am only able to fly once or twice a week if I’m lucky. This is definitely extending the length of time it is taking me to get my license. Then again, I did expect this a bit due to the time-frame on which I was getting my license, but not this bad.
The majority of this flight was getting back into the swing of things. Didn’t learn much new, but focused on a few areas that I am lacking skills in. Takeoffs and landings, after not flying for a few weeks, were fine. One big area that needs to be improved is remembering to aviate before messing with everything else (like navigating and communication). Mainly what I mean by this is getting the plane leveled off at the right altitude and flying steady before planning my next move. Not that it isn’t a good idea to know where I am going first, but more important to know the plane isn’t descending or ascending without me realizing it.
Coming up this weekend is a chance for me to do a cross-country flight to Corvallis (weather providing). I need to do some preflight planning though involving a course with dead reckoning. Mapping out all the points along my path that will get me to my destination and back. I’ll also be messing with VOR during this flight to navigate home. Should be a great flight with some interesting predicaments.
Total Flight Time: 1.3 Hours
March 9, 2011 / Jason /
Categories: Private Pilot Completion
- Total Flight Time: 218.5 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 125.7 Hours
- Solo Time: 100.8 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 60.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 27.8 Hours
- Night Time: 7.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 521 (499/22)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours