Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Flying Lesson #43
Again, solo flight in the practice area. I returned to the airport early to do some pattern work, soft-field takeoffs in particular.
I like the solo practice. This is the fun part of flying. I could practice steep turns and ground reference maneuvers all day, not caring whether I'm making "progress" toward any goal. I read one person's account of his long struggle as a student pilot: finances and other problems led to him being a student for a few years, eventually getting his certificate after 120 hours. He said the long wait wasn't really that bad, because once he had his solo endorsement, he could do practically anything that a private pilot can do, except carry passengers. So if all you want to do is fly around a few times a month, there's no rush to get the certificate.
Logged today: 1.8 hours in N4363D, with 5 takeoffs and 5 landings. Cost $188.75.
The school just got a new Archer. I may try that out after getting my certificate.