Today was the day for our first school flights. A lot of excitement and many smiling faces afterwards!
In the morning our first task was to check the plane and the fuel in the tanks, and then order the proper amount of fuel according to the calculations we had made. After the pre-flight check was done to the plane, we filed the flight plan, had a briefing about the flight, what we’re going to do while in the air, and then it was Aleksi’s turn to go first.
Me and others who were flying as second, waited in the crew lounge. About an hour later it was my turn! Funny thing happened while we were checking the plane before flight when a helicopter hovered by and turned our plane about 90 degrees just like that. A nice demonstration about the power of moving air.
The teacher handled the radios and did the checklists. I taxied the plane to the runway and we were cleared for take-off. Full power, rotate and up we went. The teacher had to help me a little during take-off, the winds were pretty tough. We took off runway 36 and I got to fly almost over my house. We left the control zone via reporting point DEGER and headed towards the city of Porvoo following the motorway to get to the training area above the sea.
The objective of the first flight was to learn the controls of the plane, ailerons, rudder and elevator. I did some turns, climbs and descends and got to try how different flap settings affect the flying. After a while it was time to head back, but there was a problem on the runway and we were told to wait. Someone had a flat tire and was blocking the runway. It took about 15 minutes to clear out and during that time I got to circle couple of times on both sides of the city of Helsinki. Awesome views, I can’t complain!
Coming into landing via reporting point NOKKA (for those who know the area, NOKKA is by the anchor shaped breakwater and ship pier in Herttoniemi) and the teacher had to help me again to land the plane. The winds weren’t too easy today. Then it was time to taxi to our parking spot and head inside to fill out the paper work. Because of the delay coming back, I logged 51 minutes in the air today. What a fun day! And the fun continues tomorrow!
Anyone interested in checking out the locations of the reporting points on a map, here’s a link to the Malmi visual approach chart (pdf). EFHF Visual Approach chart.