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Solo Again

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I’d stated in my last post that I got signed off on a Flight Review.  Well, today was my first solo flight in forever.  It’s been about 9 years.  I had been thinking about doing a little cross-country practice going out to an unfamiliar field a little south of Memphis, but the weather was overcast with a fairly low ceiling so I just stayed in the pattern practicing landings.  This was a good thing.  I didn’t have a single landing that I was proud of, but I got in a bunch of practice and they got better.  I did a mix of full-stop and touch-and-go landings to mix it up a little.  A nice plus was that there was actually other traffic in the pattern (and staying in the pattern).  It’s a little more fun when doing pattern work with others.  In the end, I can add 1.1 of solo PIC time to the logbook.

Active and Current

Monday, April 18th, 2011

I’m proud to say that I’m an active and current pilot once again. I’ve been working with a flight instructor for the last few weekends and he signed off on my flight review yesterday. Along the way I logged some time in a couple of Cessna 172s and the new Cessna 162 Skycatcher. I must say, I’m impressed with the Skycatcher. It has got loads of power, a nice comfortable cabin, and nice avionics. It’s certainly different than anything I’ve flown before, but I’m going to try and get more time in it. I would have Saturday if the weather had cooperated. We’ll just have to see how it goes.