I Can Fly A Cessna 150!
This last week I had two fantastic flights. One in a Cessna 172 with Rick on my birthday, then a first time flight and solo endorsed in a Cessna 150 with James. I couldn’t have asked for a better time.
My flight with James in a Cessna 150 was brought on by the increased cost of flying due to the fuel prices going up ($4.00 when I started, now $4.80 per gallon). The 172s have increased in price to $115 an hour. A $16 increase while the 150s only increased by $10 making them $85 an hour. Now that a lot of my flying time will be getting solo hours, the $30 per hour difference is worth learning to fly a 150.
Wednesdays flight was not just a chance to fly a cheaper plane, but a great way for me to get reconnected with James. We haven’t flown together for a few months so it was great to get up in the air and show him some of what I learned with Rick.
It was as though we had been flying together for quite some time. We got the plane prepped, went over some of the differences between the 150 and the 172s and then took off. The flight covered power on/off stauls, steep turns, and take-offs and landings at McMinnville (MMV) and Twin Oaks (7S3). There were definitely some differences between flying to two models of planes, but nothing that I couldn’t get over. Real difference was how long it took to climb. Much longer in the 150s.
I really enjoyed flying the 150. It has eighty horse power less than the planes I’m use to flying, but with the smaller body and less fuel, the plane took off and landed as expected. I’m not sure if I can claim that I am soloed in a 150 as I haven’t actually flown the three landings/take-offs on my own, however I am endorsed to do so.
The week was beautiful and allowed for some great flying. I hope I get some more of these soon! I am on the home stretch of this adventure and can really feel the pressure. I have a lot of studying I need to do and practice tests I need to take before I can go and take my written FAA exam, and passing this exam is something I need to complete before my check-ride for my PPL. Hopefully all goes smoothly and I make things happen without a hitch!
Flight Time: 1.4 Hours
April 26, 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