Lessons Learnt & PPL Update
PPL Summary Today: Total 15.5 Hrs, 0.8 Solo, 0.5 Instrument, 58 T/L's, 3A/C, £3.7k
Recent Purchase: Bose A20 Headphones 2nd Hand.
Next Lessons: Precautionary Search & Landing & more solo circuitsLessons Learned so far;
1. Don't take the negotiations with the wife as a done deal - its ongoing!
2. Air vents are good and bad. Chap stick can aid thirst when mouth drys out on a go-around
3. The sign in front of the left hand seat that says lock your seat adjuster isnt very helpful 300ft into the climb when the seat slips back and I inadvertently pull on the stick! Check list and signs tell a story of past hazards and accidents - they are more than they seem!
4. If my brain does something in reverse once, pull the throttle to add power, its likely to do it for something else, push the stick to decrease airspeed. The best computer on board needs the occasional reboot. Awareness of how i'm thinking and why I might be getting things a little backwards is very important.
5. Take positive decisions. What's that microlight doing there on my solo final approach!! He didn't radio, he's approx 500ft, must be doing a low overhead pass... isn't he? Damn, that's a steep approach Student-FV going around
6. Other aircraft in the circuit... or not. Why's the one in front extending his climb to 1000ft then turning crosswind and still saying he's in the circuit? Do I turn crosswind at 500ft (the circuit pattern) or follow him round? Now he's extended downwind and radioed 'to-land'. If I was a shopping trolley in the isle I'd cut him up, but alas I'm No.2 in the circuit and for MY safety I need to keep him in front of me at a safe distance or as my instructor says, assume everyone up here is an idiot
7. Excited to try new headphones. Wow they are great, very comfortable and clear as anything. The ANR works really.... oh, whats that popping noise. Batteries... I forgot to buy new ones and put them in and keep new ones in the case. School boy... etc.
8. Glasses, I have bi-focals, the whole glass I can see out of for distance and over the top or under the bottom for checklists and pressure settings. Its a phaff and one I've put up with until now. So I need to bite the bullet and get mine updated and to switch to vari-focals. After all I bought the headphones. What's more important, seeing or hearing... both I'd suggest.
9. Check the credit card before your next lesson. Very embarrassing being told to clean the fleet if I can't pay up!
10. Lessons may get cancelled due to weather or mechanical issues or instructor unavailable. But leaving my wallet at a wake in the week and getting a puncture in my motorbike tyre are just downright careless. Lesson preparations start days in advance!
That's All for Now Folks!