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Stage 2 Check!

Weather: KBJC 101448Z 00000KT 80SM FEW000 FEW060 BKN200 04/M07 A3018 RMK FEW0000 HZ

My instructor is gone. I've know this for a few weeks now, but am just getting around to relaying this. She accepted a new job in Florida as a flight instructor. Teaching never really picked up for her out in Boulder and she was working another part time job, as the flight instructing wasn't really full time. So she was guaranteed a full time job in Florida and she is off now. I enjoyed learning from her and feel like she did a good job. Fortunately, I don't have much else to learn for my private license, outside of just learning how to be a better pilot. My next flight is a long solo cross country flight and then just a lot of practicing to PTS so I can pass my check ride. Anyhow, on to some more news.

Times have slow around here lately. It has been snowing less, but windy more. I have had the usual cancellations relating to weather recently. I think I finally got my stage 2 check ride completed after the third attempt. I flew with a new check instructor and was much more calm than before. That doesn't mean I wasn't nervous, I just was more comfortable and got over my nervousness quicker. He is a really good guy and I think I'll be finishing my training with him before my private check ride.

The flight went well for the most part. I practiced some navigation, some stalls, emergency engine out, short-field/soft-field landings and takeoffs, etc. The only thing I didn't do well on was my last soft-field landing. Soft field landings should be the easiest as they are completely normal, except you are trying to land as lightly as possible. I won't go into any of the details, but let's just say, depending on how soft that field really was, we might have nosed over. Ok. It wasn't that bad, but was very good.

But the most important part is that I passed the check ride. He said I did a really good job otherwise, so that makes me feel pretty good. So now I get to go on my long solo cross country flight. I'm very excited about this one and hoping to get to go this weekend. I have it planned from Boulder to Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne to Sidney, NE, and then back to Boulder. A nice little three state tour.


  1. Perry said...

    I'm sorry to hear you lost your instructor! I'm on my third one now and I only have 8 hours logged... Where in Florida did she go? I'm in Tampa and maybe I'll run into her.

    Congrats on passing the check ride!  

  2. Pete said...

    Hey Perry,
    She should be starting at Tailwheels Etc. shortly. I'm not sure how close that is to Tampa, but if you have to go through one more instructor, I can recommend Lauren.  


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