Snakebites, tumbleweeds and pumping units... rambling through Texas.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Heavier than Air
Lesson #2 at Odessa Schlemeyer Field. The Diamond 20 is a joy. Went through the checklists, taxied, took off. Climbed to 5000' ASL (so about 1800' above the ground); practiced 45-degree banked turns without losing altitude; practiced slow flying (60 knots); also did low-power, low-speed stalls. None of it seemed very difficult. I really felt like I was flying the plane, and in some level of control over it. On approach for landing I operated the radio and did most of the flying until about 10' of the ground. Actually, I'm never sure how much flying the instructor is doing during landing and takeoff... I need to ask him, because if I don't know, I don't know how much control input I need to give. We were in the air for a little until an hour. I accidentally did one fun maneuver, where I climbed rapidly and again too quickly tried to level off, which gave us a zero-g, floating-stomach feeling, like at the top of a roller coaster. Next time we practice takeoff and landing. I think landing and navigation are going to be the biggest challenges -- and mainly landing.