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Hey 2tonne, what do you like flying better, the J160 or the Tecnam?
I have enjoyed flying both, and don't really have a strong preference. The Tecnam is easier to fly though, so I would choose it if I had to pick one.
Congrats....its always that empty right seat that gets you. In a similar way to your first solo car drive with the empty left seat... New found freedom!
First solo yesterday :-) Was a great feeling !
Was warned about , but still didn't quite expect , the difference in climb rate . And I may be imagining it but even decent felt different .
Eager to keep racking the hour up though .
You should have been warned about the climb rate MANY times during the lead up to your first solo. It's a significant change to the way the plane behaves, in a U/L. Climb rate and approach speed and flare all change. IF you are tandem even more so. There's a lot of Cof G change with that. Congrats anyhow. It's a great occasion. My Instructor didn't mention it at all and I'd been doing quite good 3 pointers in the Chipmunk, but with no one in the back I didn't get the stick back enough and it bounced and I went around, which is not a particularly easy manoeuver from a close to 3 point position with my (at the time ) skill and experience, level. Nev
He did say he was warned about it
I DID emphasise MANY. Nev
Yesterday the weather finally came good. Bit of early fog, looking eerily beautiful in the valleys, but the early sun already hot in a blue sky soon after dawn. At last, a bit of flying weather after weeks of grey sky & rain.
And it was the biggie - at last my instructor threw caution to the wind & pronounced me ready to solo the trusty Jab. Yaay!
I opened the throttle & we bounded into the air. A surprisingly rapid rate of climb meant I saw 1000' agl before the end of the runway. So a short circuit to the first of my solo landings in the Jabiru. It's a squirmy little beast, as many will know - but like any aeroplane, it only does what you tell it. So it's your own fault if you hit the ground sideways. . .
I did 3 circuits, then a full stop after the 4th. Basically ok, but the plane floats a lot longer with only me on board.
I was reasonably satisfied with my flying, but I still need to work on my touchdowns - it's very easy to slew slightly, or be too heavy-handed on pitch, leading to balloning.
To be fair, this was actually my second 1st solo, but my first one was 30 plus years ago, so my skills were a bit rusty! Apart from a summer of gliding in 2011, this is my first flying for over 25 years. I enjoyed the whole solo thing all over again.
This morning was the same settled high, though it took until 10:00 for the fog to clear completely. I did a bit of pootling about in the locality, and a few more landings, to consolidate my newly refurbished skills. All great fun. I think the little Jabiru makes a great training aircraft, demanding proper and precise use of all 3 axes. Very different from the Cessna 150/2 that I gained my PPL on years ago in UK. That was very easy to fly adequately, and tended to flatter vestigial skills. The rudder pedals were a handy place to rest your feet.
So once I get my MiniMax signed off, I can start flying an aeroplane with the little wheel in the right place! I ran the engine up again yesterday, after fitting a second battery giving me true dual electronic ignition. The Max told me she was fed up sitting in the hangar & wanted to fly. I had to agree. Narromine here I come!
Congratulations on your 2nd 1st solo! You must have read my thoughts with your solo experience and summary of the Jabiru. I just did my 2nd 1st solo a few weeks ago. I learnt on a tomahawk 17 years ago and i cant recall really using the rudder pedals! The Jabiru requires much more rudder use and is definitely harder to land. Maybe its the high wing with less ground effect.
Well it was my turn on this fine Monday the 22/6/2016.
David my Instructor at Lethbridge had been threatening to get out for the last couple of hours but for the weather being a bit on the rough side.
Yes I know they normally don't hint at this but he felt it wouldn't bother me to know he was ready to set me free and was just waiting for a nice sunny day.
That being said here we were Monday, that nice sunny day with bugger all wind we were waiting for and so I was thinking, well today will be the day.
All good lets do a few circuits to warm up and nothing said about solo.
Now have you had one of those days when the right foot and the rudder peddle just don't get along, well Monday started off like that, everything else was going perfect and after about 45 minutes of just not getting it down the middle with a little cross breeze on rwy 28 he said to me , what are you doing, I'm trying to get out of here.
We had a bit of a chuckle as I knew what he was on about so two more circuits followed that flowed pretty good, so on the second one he said alright how do you feel about one by yourself?
I was ready and so out he gets and the rest is history.
Surprisingly no nerves and yes those little Tecnams do leap into the air with only half fuel and one on board and probably a tad more flap than I should have had.
Half way down the runway I had two hundred feet or better and thinking to myself that's a bit better than expected I looked around to see why and sure enough spot the obvious mistake, I hadn't reset flaps after landing and letting David out. All good, still below flap ext speed in the climb so time to clean up and get on with it.
The rest was text book if I don't mind saying so myself, well maybe a little to the left of centre on touch down, but only a little :-)
So 0.2 as Pilot in Command and looking forward to a lot more.
Congratulations Nico, good luck with the rest of the training. Training is one of the best parts of your flying career / hobby and your first solo tops all that.
Welcome to the club mate congratulations
I'd rather talk about the flight before my first solo. I was ready, I knew from my previous flight that my next one would be my solo. I arrived at the airfield confident and excited, I may have already purchased the balloons and streamers (I can't recall). What I do remember is that I was mud, hopeless and at the end of the hour, my instructor asked me to taxi back to the aero club. I was gutted but totally understanding.
The next day I solo'd. The aircraft jumped in the air, I was nervous but elated and it was over before I knew it. A bit like my first sexual experience.
And the beer tasted the sweetest
Here is my video from the big day.
I gave a running commentary for my instructors benefit just so he could see what was going through my mind at the time.
He liked that and he noted that it was the first Solo flight he'd seen from the cockpit other than his own.
Anyway have a look at it and thanks for the congrats.
Awesome Nico, Good work :)
Lethbridge is looking good from the air, gotta get down there one day.
How far is it from Bells Beach or Point Lonsdale? Going to see the girlfriend next week so will try and get there.
It'd be a bit of a drive from either place to Lethbridge, possibly an hour or just under.
I've done a fair bit of flying out of there. Looking good with sealed runway. Good work Nico. Nev
Thanks guys, all good and a great feeling to be set free.
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