Today was flight lesson #18, and we used it to do more pattern work, spiced up with no-flaps landings (2), no-power landings (2), a short-field take off, and a soft-field take off. All of this was interesting and fun to fly, and I flew well. Well enough that when taxing back to the ramp at the end of the day my CFI said, “If you had your medical I’d solo you today.” I’m awaiting word on my medical, and may need an exemption, so I’m not allowed to fly solo until it comes through. While this has taken off the pressure of the “when will I solo” thing, it was great to hear today that my CFI believes I’m ready. So we’ll await word from the FAA, and in the meantime, keep plowing ahead on our curriculum.
Here’s today’s lesson in CloudAhoy in case you want to follow along in a virtual debrief. (Note that at this field we turn NW on takeoff for noise abatement.)