I spent nearly three hours in the air yesterday. The time was split between two different airplanes. The first flight was my annual â€œproficiency checkâ€ with the flight school I rent the DA40s from; this is a requirement of the school, not the FAA. I like this requirement, it keeps me on my game. I probably donâ€™t spend enough time practicing some maneuvers when Iâ€™m up punching holes in the sky. Itâ€™s good to have a sanity check. Adoption of bad habits can be stopped faster if youâ€™re going up with an instructor more often. The flight went very well. I was able to do everything the instructor needed me to do and I did it well. I really like flying the DA40.
The second half of the flight time was in the Cessna 182 RG (Retractable Gear). â€œLarge Margeâ€ flies quite a bit differently than the DA40 but an airplane is an airplane. Itâ€™s all about learning how it handles, the extra equipment and procedures around the retractable gear, and the workflows and thought processes around the high performance engine. When youâ€™re going faster and getting there faster you need to be thinking faster.
I still record all my flights but I donâ€™t share them on YouTube like I used to. My primary focus is to review my flights and take notes to keep in mind for the next flight. Thereâ€™s a couple of things I should have done quicker, some things I should have done better, but overall Iâ€™m coming right along with the requirements for this next endorsement.
Mother Nature has been kind the last three Saturdays in a row. Letâ€™s hope she maintains the same mood for next weekend!