Take-off. Power set. Sixty. Rotate (75 kt). Positive – gear up. And we’re off with Bonanza. What a fun plane to fly!
This week the long-awaited happened. I flew the Bonanza two times. It was pretty awesome. I had my two remaining differential training flights for Bonanza. The first one was in traffic circuit. I did landings with different flap settings as well as a low approach and a spot landing. To refresh your memory and inform the unaware, a spot landing is a practise for a forced landing when the engine is out. You pull the power idle and then land without power. The first thing to do is to reach the best gliding speed, which for Bonanza is 110 kt (204 km/h). The spot landing with Bonanza is pretty wild. It comes down quickly, nose down and fast.
The second Bonanza flight included maneuvering in the training area. We did turns, slow flight, stalls, climbs, descents, and got to see and try how the plane flies. It’s such a fun plane to fly! It was quite cool to see and feel how it slows down when the landing gear is extended. It feels like a real (big) airplane already! One pretty cool thing we did – we descended at the rate of 1000 ft/min and did 180-degree turns. Whenever we would reach the opposite direction we would turn the other way and turn until we’re heading to opposite direction and then turn again, and at same time we were coming down fast. The speed was close to 190 kt (350 km/h) going down. Such a fun maneuver. These two flights were flown in VFR and from now on we’ll fly IFR with Bonanza. It’ll be great to perform all the stuff we’ve learned in the trainer with the real thing. The first IR training flight is next week.
I finally managed to start my PIC hour building. But not without some problems. First my plane needed some maintenance so my booking was cut short. Then some of the guys got stuck on an airfield nearby because they couldn’t get back to Pori due to bad weather. My plane was one of the planes that got stuck there. This event actually turned out to be fun in the end, but at first I was quite disappointed to realize another one of my bookings would be cut short. So the next day I rode with Ville in a Cessna to Eura airfield to get my plane. It was fun to ride with another student because we don’t normally get to fly with each other in a Cessna. He dropped me off there and I flew my plane back to Pori. I was unable to execute my original plans for the day, but got a nice experience! The third PIC booking got cancelled due to very strong winds on Friday. No hope there, winds were forecasted to gust 35 kt (18 m/s) in Pori. At least I got to fly some, better luck next week!