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still not a pilot

Today was lovely so I skipped work at a normal time, got a sign off and went flying. My instructor had implied that he wanted me to get another solo in, and I told him I was right there with him if weather allowed. Which it rarely does. But when I went for lunch I noticed the amazing clear skies and lack of wind, so off I went.

I can't believe I was able to get an airplane today, I didn't book it until lunch! It made me wonder where the other students have gone. Maybe they all became pilots, and left me behind. Maybe they all gave up after so many weeks of crap weather.

I worked on stalls some, and slow flight, and then came back and did four landings back at home. They were nice landings. I'm getting much better at declaring a touchdown point and hitting it.

I got through another logbook page so I totaled some things up. I'm at 76 hours. I've done 204 landings! That's actually pretty awesome, even though I know a lot of those were beginning landings that I wasn't doing myself. But there was only one flight where I sat totally hands-off and let my instructor land the airplane, and that was lesson one. So there's 203 landings where I was on the controls, and a LOT where I was the only one on the controls, so go me.

I wish I could get my checkride done by March 14th because that's daylight savings time. It's my new goal. I know it's stupid to have these goals... I told people I'd be a pilot by Christmas. Then it was groundhog day. But if I had it by daylight savings time, I could spend nice happy hours after work flying around, it'd be so nice! It's also like two weeks away, so I know better than to get my hopes up. But I have been reviewing a lot for the ground portion of the checkride, and I like to think that my instructor is almost ready to sign me off for the final test with our school's lead flight instructor.

It's getting increasingly difficult to sit in a little airplane for 1.5-2 hours without a bathroom break. It's also getting less comfortable... I've always had to keep the seat pretty low so I've got headroom, and that means my knees are higher than most people's, and that means there's not much stomach room. I played with some different seat positions today but you can't mess too much with what you're used to. But despite all this I still really want to keep flying. On nice days, I look at the sky and wish I was up there. And if I see a little airplane it makes the feeling even worse, I'm so jealous!



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Feb. 25th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)

I got to go flying this past weekend for the first time this year. Yay airplanes! :)
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Also, since I happen to have my logbook in front of me, I was at 279 landings when I took my checkride, so you're way ahead of me! (I only had 64.9 hours but I learned at a non-towered field in the middle of nowhere, so I had an unfair advantage).
Feb. 25th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
So will you have to get re-certified medically after the baby is born?
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Not the way I understand it. The FAA can "pull" your medical if you have an incident or a medical evaluation that shows you're unfit to fly, then you have to get re-certified. But even with a valid medical, you're responsible to decide every day whether you're safe or not. If you have the flu, you shouldn't fly... but you get to decide for yourself when you're safe again. I think pregnancy is the same way.

But don't quote me on that, I haven't totally researched the topic.
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
Just friended you because *I* am a woman, an engineer (who's spent most of my career in aerospace, though I'm working in semiconductor at the moment) and a pilot, and how many of us are there, really?

(Three, at least. I used to work with a woman who was a veteran of the Apollo program who was all of those things.)
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