Monday, December 24, 2007

Student Pilot Journal Podcast #6

For this lesson we worked on more landings and I was introduced to ground reference maneuvers, in particular, the rectangular course and s-turns. Once again, I was getting lost from above and had trouble identifying the rectangular course that Casey was pointing out, which made things difficult. S-Turns went well, though. On left downwind to runway 14 from the practice area, I made an early turn to base for some unknown reason which put me about 300 feet higher on base than I should have been and very close to final, so when I made my turn to final I was still high so Casey had me do a forward slip, which proved to be rather horrible..... Needless to say I had to abort that landing and do a go around. On the landing that followed I hit pretty hard and the camera move down toward the baggage area so that ruined the rest of the video. Things happen that way sometimes.


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Anonymous said...

Hi Greg,

Nice site and videopodcasts! I have enjoyed reading studentpilot blogs over the past few years but your stuff is great.
I am a studentpilot myself from the Netherlands. I started in august and have had some lessons the past few months. My first priority was to get some theory in my head before speeding up the lessons frequency. Starting from januari I will be flying two hours every week. So I should be able to get my PPL licence somewhere during the summer of 2008.
Of course I have my own blog,, but it's in Dutch. I realy don't have the time to do everything in English. Maybe after the exams I will start a new site. I want to get my IR also. I haven't found any blog yet about achieving one of the extra ratings. That blog will be written in English I think. But first things first...

I wish you good luck and many happy landings. I will be viewing your videopodcasts with great interrest.


Marcel Siebes.

Greg Summers said...

Thanks for your comments! I am having a lot of fun. I just edited my flight from yesterday. This one will have some interesting radio chatter between tower and a poor lost helicopter pilot. Long story short….he did not make any friends at ATC that day. Keep me updated on your progress. I looked at your blog, but like you said…hard to read for me, but at least I can put a face to the email. This (Flight Instruction) was a long time coming and I am so happy to be finally doing it. It is one of the biggest challenges mentally that I have done in a while. Thanks for taking the time to respond/comment and I wish you the best of luck! Keep in touch.


Lafhert said...

Excellent podcasts! I have enjoyed your stuff so far, keep it up!
I am also a student pilot, currently working on my commercial rating in the multi-engine Piper Seminole. It is all worth it eventually!
I'm also in school to be a teacher, so I'll be glad to offer any advice. For now, landings are tough, but they'll come to you in time.

Greg Summers said...

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement xillerrodriguez. I always welcome advice so please keep in touch. Email if you care to at Good luck with your commercial. I want to head down the same path as well.