Flying Lesson # 31 – GFPT Revision

September 11, 2012

Flying on a Tuesday felt kinda weird!

My usual Sunday lesson had to be bought forward due to going on holidays. I only saw Robert on Sunday and yet, 2 days later, here we are again.

As I mentioned last lesson, everything that we do from this point on, is to prepare me for the BAK test and GFPT. We do still have to cover off another 20 minutes of instrument flight, however, we are getting that done on the way out to the revision lesson and on the way back. As it stands (at the end of this lesson), I have 34.45 hours total flying experience, of which 5.25 is solo and 1.50 is instrument flight.

As my tests are now looming, Robert has to prepare me by going through everything that we have learnt so far and ensuring I am of test quality.

Today we headed out to the eastern training area to do revision of precautionary search and landings, which we learnt in lesson 25. Luckily, I preempted this and studied up on this topic last week. On the way out to the training area, Robert had me put on the ‘hood’ for some more instrument training. My flying under the hood was not the best I must say, but I’m learning as I go. Once out over the bay, I took the hood off while Robert set the plane up in the right area to practice the precautionary search and landing. The flying school has a predetermined area to practice these, it’s called Pannikin Island which is just east of Redland Bay, about 500 meters off the coast. As discussed on the way out, I would conduct 3 laps of the island simulating a high pass, a low pass and an actual landing. The island is highly unsuitable to actually land on as it is a muddy cesspit so we pretend to land before powering on and going around.

My first lap wasn’t too crash hot, I remembered all of the steps, I just failed to demonstrate them effectively. Robert asked me if I wanted to start again. I did, and this time performed a textbook, 3-lap search and landing. Robert was satisfied, so we climbed back to 1500 feet and headed for home. While out there, we are very conscious of the surrounding homes so we don’t fly back over the mainland until we are at 1000 feet or higher.

With a nice little 8 knot cross-wind, my landing into Archerfield saw no real issues. I’m very comfortable with landing the C150 now.

Next lesson will be more revision, probably looking at forced landings, stalls and steep turns. Exciting stuff.

Until next time…

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