Scrubbed lesson

Went out to do short field takeoffs and landings with Mark. It was obvious from the first takeoff that it wasn't going to be a good day for this. It turned into a very short flight that I didn't have much control of.  0.6h in G-FZRO.

  • Time this flight: 0.6h dual
  • Time to date: 25.5 dual, 3.3 solo
  • Cost this flight: $133.56
  • Cost to Date: $7,030.06

All by myself

First time doing a completely solo flight. Did 6 uneventful circuits. 1.0h in C-FZRO.

  • Time this flight: 1.0h solo
  • Time to date: 24.9h dual, 3.3h solo
  • Cost this flight: $173.25
  • Cost to date: $6,896.50

Coming together

It's been a busy past week. My tool kit arrived from Cleaveland Tools last week. Nice 50 pound box with a lot of little pieces and a few big ones. All I did with the tools was take inventory. The air compressor arrived the week before last - when I opened the undamaged box for it I found that the large fan shroud that covers the whole top of the compressor was shattered into hundreds of pieces. I called the manufacturer and found out that they don't support he product in Canada. They were will to ship the part to a US address, so I had them ship it to the hotel we were staying at in Arlington, WA for the Building Basics course (which we just returned from). The part was waiting for me there, so I'll put that together this week. My Van's order arrived while I was gone as well.While we were in the US, I went and spent a bunch of $$$ at Harbor Freight. Here a partial list of what I picked up.

  • 4 drawer tool cart
  • angle air drill
  • inspection camera (on sale, didn't need it, but I thought it would be good to have)
  • a 20" rolling stool and a taller fixed bar stool
  • a 3 shelf utility cart
  • a bunch of compressor fittings and hoses
  • a blower with heater attachment
  • a variety of shop supplies

Now the training... My son and I made the 12 hour drive down to Arlington Washington to take the Building Basics course from Axsys Air. We were the only students and had a great experience learning from Glenn, their chief instructor. The course was built around the Van's practice wing kit, so we each built one of those. A great exposure to all of the tools and processes. We got to bang, squeeze, pull and drill out our first rivets and learn the best ways to do it all. Since we finished 1/2 day ahead of schedule, Glenn took us each up for a ride in their RV-6A. This was a whole lot of fun. My son got a chance at the controls a bit and I had them for about 20 minutes. It's a lot different than the Cessna 172 I train in. Much more sensitive and responsive not to mention faster. I'm really looking forward to getting my plane built now. That will start soon now that I have pretty much everything I need (I've got a nice to have pneumatic cleco tool en route). This week I'll finish the shop setup and then get building the toolbox practice kit. Then it's on with building the plane.

Solo again

Went up for a spin today, light and variable winds that were swirling a bit at low levels. I did 2 circuits with Mark and then brought him back to Skywings and then returned to do 5 circuits on my own. The wind made for a few challenges, a couple of times it affected me just prior to flare - caused a one wheel bounce on one landing. I was fighting my approach speed a bit, it was tending to 60 instead of 65. Part of trying to fix my flat approach tendency. I just need to get some more practice - next flight will be just solo time, but not for 2 weeks as I'm away at my aircraft building basics course in Washington next weekend. 0.5h dual, 0.8h solo in C-GYHA.

  • Time this flight: 0.5h dual, 0.8h solo
  • Time to date: 24.9h dual, 2.3h solo
  • Cost this flight: $249.90
  • Cost to date: $6,723.25