Daily Pilot's Journal

Read the complete day-by-day flight log of an actual student pilot, from the first takeoff to the signing of his private pilot's license. Written promptly at the end of every flight, each entry is completely unedited - detailing the successes, failures, and mistakes we all encounter along this long road.
Day 32 - Final Training Flight
Monday, 8/21/06 7:00am - No wind. It still hasn't fully hit me that I'm taking the flight test tomorrow. In just three months, I'm ready. I definitely feel ready. Still, as confident as I usually am there's a big nervous part of me that keeps thinking I'm going to forget something.

Today we took off and headed straight out over the sound. I rocked stalls this time, then made a pretty decent approach on an emergency landing. Nailed the right steep turn, but botched the left one. Yet although I botched it, I don't think it was botched to the point of failure. It was just botched to the point of Stan's standards of failure - which for once, I am very glad are higher than normal.

Back to the airport for some TnG's... I was off again today, making a very crappy landing the first time in and botching the 2nd one by stalling over the runway. Although I recovered by adding throttle, I still flared too early. I know it's because Stan's in the plane. I know I can do better with the examiner because he's basically going to shut up and let me fly the plane. Or at least I hope he is. If he lets me fly the plane I'm going to do just fine.

Nailed the third landing (soft field) and taxied back to the ramp. Stan seemed a little sullen as we walked back to the car. At first I thought maybe he was worried as to whether or not I was ready, but then he began asking me what my intentions were after tomorrow "when you get your license" as he put it. He tried to make it clear to me that the plane would be available for overnight trips if I needed it, and basically just wanted to keep my flying with him. It was kind of nostalgic, actually. After tomorrow I will likely be a pilot. I won't need Stan anymore, at least not for a while, and I think it was hitting him that I wouldn't be around as much.

Flying hours today: 0.9       Total: 42.2

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