It's been a while since I last posted progress, but rest assured I'm flying weekly and progressing with enjoyment and to a seemingly reasonable standard (no harsh words, actions or repremands from my Instructor. Phew!
My Son was visiting over Christmas and as he came on my first trial flight out of Shoreham I wanted him to come along for a ppl flight. It was the 5th Jan, and as you can see from the pic, the conditions were soupy.
This was a power climbing lesson, and in the briefing we were doubtful of going up and doing the lesson. This was my assumption on the 1hr drive to the airfield and set expectations with my Son that; "we're not flying today", I warned him.
During the briefing my Instructor said there's one possibility, he''l check the cloud base and top. and if it was within limits and we were ok with flying he'd take us up above the cloud to do the lesson.
Well, the met office website stated the cloud base was at 3000ft and the tops 4000ft. I had a chat with my Son and we agreed to go up flying. What an amazing experience. Watching my Instructor fly on Instruments in the cloud, keeping an eye out for any icing, and as he was just about to decend at 3800 I said to try try for 4000 and in that second we saw the shaded sun and burst through the cloud tops! OMG. What a flight, what a lesson and to be able to share it with my Son. Sheer majesty.
We flew the lesson and then my Instructor asked if I have control, and to keep a fixed heading and altitude, while he checked out position. With our position established and a new course set we defended and he took control and flew us back down through the cloud and back on to terra firma. What a buzz!! And my son took some memorable pics.
Since then I've completed climbing turns and defending turns, taken off and landed (with a little help from the RHseat and completed the stalls lesson... woohoo ... why did I wait sooooo long?!
Next up is circuits .... I'm taking a week of in feb to hopefully get a couple of back to back days flying in and just maybe .... the S O L O ... shhhh, best I don't know about that before it's too late.
Thanks to all for their ongoing support.