On Sunday 2014/09/28 I’ve had my first practical flight lesson. The day started with a ride to LOAV with perfect weather conditions as you can see: Blue sky, no clouds and just a perfect view.
Arriving in LOAV, I have met my flight trainier and we immediately went through the flight preparation, consisting of the following main steps:
- Check of airplane documents are complete and all required documents are still valid.
- Weight and Balance to calculate the amount of gasoline we can take with us.
- Print the flight map of LOAV for an orientation.
Then we went to the hangar to take out the plane and start with the pre-flight checks. Checks in general are required – and important – all the time. So if I remember correctly there are the following additional checks/procedures before take-off:
- Before-engine start checks
- Engine start
- Motor run-up
- pre take-off check
After filling up the tank, we had a short minute to take a picture of myself in front of the plane.
Then finally lift-off. We flew around an hour where we first climbed up to 6000 feet. This was followed by the first manoeuvres – curves. It is actually not that easy to hold the speed, the attitude or doing a 360° circle. Steering the plane while watching all the instrument is quite a lot for the beginning. But neither the less I really enjoyed my first flight.
I am already looking forward for my next session.