Private Pilot's Licence V - GoPro 11.2.12 Discovery Flight @ Falcon Field (Arizona)



Cost - $134
Cessna 172 N98774

The first 14 minutes is ground instruction followed up by taxing and take off, 27 minutes consists of actual flight instruction and lessons on the four fundamentals of flight - turns, climbs (constant airspeed), descents (constant airspeed), and straight-and-level flight. The last 5 minutes consists of landing and taxiing off the runway. Per the audio, I was a little upset that I wasn't able to record clearly, per the captions, saving from windows movie maker, and posting onto youtube, way much more time than I expected.

Lessons learned from the "Discovery Flight," steering an airplane on the ground is different from a car in that the foot pedals are used to turn left and right rather than the wheel of the plane which is used to do so in actual flight. It's a habit that has to be broken when it comes to ground control of the plane. Executing a perfect turn in straight and level flight consists of the turn of the wheel, ailerons to roll, and the adjustment of the rudder to yaw. It's not as easy to control them both as i thought it would be, though it comes with practice. Unlike most students and from studying, I have a tendency to climb during turns rather than descend which is interesting.

Controlling the trim was another point of discipline which I lacked and as with everything else, comes with practice. Knowing the difference between the upward and downward roll of the trim tab during climbs and descents was a bit overwhelming to manage with all the new input I was receiving. The flight instructor wanted me to use visual references to fly during this first flight but I had a tendency to focus on the instruments far more than the visual. In doing so, it became overwhelming with which instruments at which time and during which movements I was supposed to be focusing on.

I didn't land the plan but it seemed like a lot more to it than what I've been reading on. Lowering the flaps, reducing the power to the point of stall, bringing the nose up slightly before we landed, minding speed and visual flight, all done at the same time had me a bit on edge, but still very engaged as to what I was doing and what was going on. All in all, the flight itself was very interesting. There's definitely many things in and outside of flight that come with learning in the field as opposed to book instruction. Next flights to come soon.

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