Real-world training time has been rare the past two months due to weather, with my only getting in one hop since early December. A few days back I finally got in a flight and my CFI took the opportunity to put me through my paces with about every maneuver and procedure we’ve learned to date. It was a great lesson. One of my favorite moments? When he surprised me by reaching over and pulling the throttle to simulate an engine out. I went through the engine out procedure (roughly, by the way), trimmed the airplane for glide, and was looking for fields in which to land when he said, “How about Heritage?” “Heritage” is an airport we’d just flown over, and in fact talked about, a few minutes before. I looked over my right shoulder and said, “Oh, you mean that big runway right back over there? Yeah, that would be a good idea …”
This is why we train.
Here’s the flight. I was supposed to go up today but we scrubbed because of winds. Next Monday I hope to be back up there.