Things are coming along really well. When I first started, I was flying a Cessna 150. 150's are thought of as "tin cans with wings." On one hot and humid Saturday, the instructor and I were not able to get off the ground in the 150. It was then that I decided to switch to the Cessna 172.
My next flight went really well. We flew to Ottawa MacDonald Cartier International Airport to practise flying in a control zone, and runway switches. When we went back to Rockcliffe, we did a simulated engine failure in circuit. I managed to put the plane down on the runway.
About a week ago I got my Student Pilot Permit. Then I had my (second) First Solo earlier this week. (I have 14 hours of solo flight time logged from my days at Sault College, so this isn't a real First Solo, but it's still an accomplishment.)
Here's a picture of my First Solo landing:
Here's my checklist of things I must do before I'm finished with my goal of obtaining a PPL:
- Get a valid CAT III medical
- Register with Rockcliffe Flying Club.
- Buy study materials
- Write PSTAR (The written prerequisite for a Student Pilot Permit)
- Write the Transport Canada written exam
- Do flying exercises
- Do Pro-solo exercises
- Do first solo
- Do post-solo exercises
- Circuit exercises
- Steep Turns, Slow Flight and Forced Approaches
- Forced Approaches
- Precautionary landings
- Do dual cross-country to Cornwall
- Do solo cross-country to Cornwall
- Do dual cross-country to Kingston
- Do solo cross-country to Kingston
- Pre-Flight Test
- Pass Transport Canada flight test