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Saturday 11/02/13 – Rules, Rules, and More Rules

by on Nov.18, 2013, under Flying

Saturday was a very exciting day (sarcasm). We got to learn about the Federal Aviation Regulations & Aeronautical Information Manual. This is a very exciting and thrilling read. I would recommend it to those who are looking to find the cure for insomnia. It is pretty much just 1,100 pages of laws and recommendations. Mike tried to make this as interesting as possible, and I give him credit, he tried his hardest. All in all it wasn’t as dreadful as I thought it would be.

Flying was fun and exciting today. We quickly went over the weather (beautiful weather), and created  a plan for the day. Once we got done doing the preflight we quickly made our way over to the run way. ATC cleared us all the way to runway 2. Once again I get to take off. I quickly ascend to 500′ followed by a turn west towards Hartford. Once we got to 1000′, I made turn towards the South. Mark asked me to get up to 2700′ and head towards UCONN Medical Center. Once we cleared the 2 large towers over Farmington we proceeded over to Torrington. While we were on our way there Mark had me practice performing 360 degree turns while maintaining altitude.

After a while of practicing turns, Mark asked me to turn directly into the sun. Great and I forgot my sunglasses. Now I can’t see (well) and I am getting incredibly hot. This plane has no air conditioning so my options were to either open the tiny window and get flooded with noise & wind or to sweat it out. I figure I will deal with it. As we approach Oxford-Waterbury Airport (OXC) all I can think about is how hot it is. I end up landing the plane and immediately opened the window. We taxi around and hang out in the run up area as I want as much cool air to enter the cabin as possible.

Once we take off, we immediately head back towards hartford as time is running close, and Mark has another student right after me. As we are flying, Mark notices the Cheshire Prison. I told him that it wasn’t far from my house. Mark’s response? Head towards it. So I start identifying things. I691, Home Depot, Sliders, Dunkin Donuts. My House! Mark says that’s where you live? Do some circles around it. So after some circles we continue our flight to Hartford. Around this time I tell Mark its time for the obligatory facebook photo.

1452362_10152038470778408_1354776635_n Coming at you from 2700′

After the facebook photo op I get back on track for landing. We fly by Mark’s house and follow the CT river for our approach. Landing was uneventful and Mark tells me I am doing really good for a beginner pilot. Next flight is scheduled for Wednesday @ 9:00 Am

  This Flight Total
# of Take Offs 2 5
# of Landings 2 5
X-Country Hours 0 0
Night Hours 0 0
Total Flight Time 1.3 Hours 3.7 Hours

Airports visited so far: KHFD, KGON, KOXC

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