Today in ground school we began learning about the human factor and how our bodies react differently to different scenarios. This was actually quite informative especially when it comes to night flight. We also discussed oxygen requirements for flight above 12,000 feet. After we got done doing that, we began practicing flight planning with sectional charts and plotters. Next we began playing with our E6B Calculators. These are far easier to use than they appear.
After lunch, I requested the can for the new Piper Warrior II that PFC got. This is a newer and more powerful version of the plane that I had been flying. While waiting for Mark I ended up reviewing the check lists and looking for the various differences. Mark comes in and gives me the bad news, the winds are extremely gusty and are right at the limit for us to take off in. Oh well this is not the end of the world. Better to be on the ground wishing I was up, then being up there wishing to be down there. All is not lost though, We elect to do a preflight with the Warrior. After the preflight we sat down and got familiar with the inside. This plane is FAR nicer than the Cherokee I have been flying. It has leather seats, Cabin Air, a modern GPS, 2 VORs. We decided to start it up for a bit and at first we thought it was broken. It turns out we don’t read good and didn’t see the word Push on the ignition switch. After that we call it a wrap and put the cover back on the plane. Afterwards I go into the computer and update all my reservations to the Warrior. Wednesday will be back in the Cherokee as someone already booked the Warrior. Oh well