Back in the Cessna saddle again. We started flying this week! The week consisted of two days of flying and a few days of sitting in the classroom. All in all a great week.
On Monday we had our last lessons on the school procedures and the exam on the Cessna. We also got to hear about the quality system at the school from the director of quality. It was great to learn about the emphasis on the quality of training and everything else in the school. These few weeks have given me a very good impression on the school and the training as it is. Everything feels very professional.
Come Tuesday, it was time to fly. Many happy faces at the hangar again! The first flight was a recap of basically everything we have learned so far. I did 30-, 45- and 60-degree turns, slow flying, forward slip, different kinds of stall recoveries, recoveries from unusual attitudes, a forced landing exercise and flying a circle and a rectangle around a spot. It was great to get back in the air after 1.5 months. I didn’t have time to do any private flying after all during summer, because it took quite a while for the license to arrive. The break had had its’ effects and the first take-off and climb was a good reminder on how the Cessna flies and feels!
On the second flight on Wednesday I did most of the maneuvers again as well as an engine failure during take-off and spot landings. I also got to fly a few rounds in the traffic circuit. That’s something I had been looking forward to and it was great. I was happy to do some approaches and landings. All in all I gathered 8 landings on that flight. The crosswind on that day was 8-10 kt, which gave me an opportunity to practise crosswind landings. EFPO is a windy place and crosswind is pretty common. I see that as a good thing, we will have plenty of chances to practise the crosswind landings. They’re something you want to ace.
The rest of the week we sat in class for the night flying theory. We went through Air Law and ATC procedures, human performance and limitations as well as operational procedures related to night flying. This of course leads to Night Flying training. It looks like we are going to Kuopio (EFKU) in a week or so to complete the NF rating. EFKU is a pretty cool airport, because it’s mostly surrounded by water (link to Google Maps). I’m really looking forward to seeing the runway lights in the dark.