Flight Log 8.31.08 – Flew a Cessna 150

Today I teamed up with my flight instructor and flew for the first time in a Cessna 150. This is the two seat version of the Cessna 172 that I fly regularly. After getting over the initial shock of not seeing many of the things that I normally see in the cockpit, like a GPS, two com radios, ADF and so on…we took off from Canandaigua for a flight to Wellsville.

This flight was not an official training flight so much as it was a flight to get use to the plane. However, anyone who flies with their instructor knows that ANY flight is a training flight. A 150 is a lot like a leaf in the wind, you don’t have as much power and things sound different. As I was climbing to 4,500 feet, I noticed that I had a few clouds ahead of me. Now I do know what pitch and power are and how to use them…really…but I started to fixate on the clouds and not on my flying. The result was a desent and an airspeed increase into the yellow arc. I didn’t know you could go 120 kts in a 150…but I did. My instructor took over for a bit and I felt foolish about being so stupid as to not notice my situation as quick as he did.

I was looking at the clouds. My mind was on the regulation for cloud clearances…1000 ft above, 500 feet below and 2000 feet to the side. Which is why I was decending and turning right. Since the RPM gauge was now on the right side of the cockpit and not in front of me (out of sight out of mind) I didn’t catch it. Would I have made the same mistake in the 172? Probably not since I was a bit more timid in the 150 and still building up my confidence.

I was slightly disoriented in that I was looking and not seeing and wasn’t smart enough to remember to look right toward the RPM gauge. Did I look at it when I took off or was I just looking at my air speed? I think the truth was that I was looking solid at my airspeed and not at the RPM’s at all when I took off. All I cared about at the time was my rotation speed. Simply stupid…and dangerous…but in the 172 I look at the RPM’s religiously.

I guess this is why you take your instructor with you on such a flight!

Thanks Gordy!!!!

Flight Log 8.22.08 – Doing the 90 Day thing….

Today I went to Penn Yan and fired up N73450 (a Cessna 172) and performed a number of takeoffs and landings. Every private pilot who wishes to carry passengers must perform 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop every 90 days in order to stay current and comply with the FAA regulations. It was a popular thing to do apparently since there were 3 or 4 other aircraft doing the same thing. In all I performed 7 takeoffs and landings, which will keep me current until 11.22.08.

Dog Days of Summer 2008

This will be a short post since I am writing it at 1:30am. Having logged a whopping 1.6 hours of flight time in July and nothing yet in August. I am starting to long for an opportunity to get some IFR ground school and take the written test this fall. Right now I am studying for my instrument (IFR) exam, but my eyes are wandering around at the Ground Instructor certificate. Since I am working hard to grow in my internet business, I haven’t had the time to do too much of anything with aviation. I have have also been busy with my two sons this summer now that they live with me during the week, which is why I am so looking forward to September and having them in school during the day.