Second Area Solo

September 9, 2012

After a successful first area solo the week before, this ‘lesson’ was a lot more relaxed. After taking off again to the East, I headed out over Jimboomba Township and stayed just East of Wyralong Dam.

This time around, I decided to use the time by myself to do some sightseeing and get very familiar with the area. I practiced a few forced landings to sharpen my skills and then did a series of steep turns to somewhat disorient myself before proving that I knew where I was by pointing out landmarks and directions (to myself and the camera).

At the lower altitudes, it was quite choppy. So, where I could, I stayed a little higher to avoid the rough conditions. Despite this, the day was beautiful with not a cloud in the sky. I could have stayed out there all day. While in the air, I had a moment where I realised I was flying around BY MYSELF. It’s an unbelievable feeling to operate an aircraft on your own and even now (only 34 hours in) I rarely take the time to stop and realise what an awesome skill I have now acquired.

After spending the best part of 45 mins in the air, I headed for home. The fears I had regarding the approach in to Archerfield and communicating with the ATC seem like a distant memory at this point. Every thing went smoothly and before I knew it, I was packing up and walking back into Gil Layt’s Flying School.

My life at the moment is consumed by copious amounts of study in preparation for the BAK – Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Test which is basically a test of everything I have learnt to date. This needs to be completed before I’m allowed to attempt the GFPT flight test. Robert suggested we would try to get this out of the way in the next couple of weeks.

As I’ve now completed all of the actual content of the GFPT lessons, for the next few lessons, we will be revising everything that I am likely to come across in the flight test. I can’t wait for the test to be over so I can start training for PPL.

Until next time..

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