Sunday, April 14, 2013

Lots of stalls and other Cub fun

Plane: Cub, 85 hp 
Route: 40I, Local 
Weather: High overcast, 64 degrees, wind 160 degrees at 8 knots

This afternoon seemed like as good a time as any to put myself through the ringer. Gina was working so I went up solo for a ton of practice in the Cub. By the time I shut the 85 hp Continental off, I felt quite good - my skills were totally up to the task!

Simple, basic video of today's fun - the perfect match for a simple, basic airplane

If you're so inclined, you can see the results yourself in the video. If you trust what I write (at your own peril!) then let me just say I managed some darn good stalls, steap turns, takeoffs, landings, a falling leaf, and a steep spiral. I honestly felt better about my flying today than I have in a while; I really felt like one with the airplane.

The stalls broke cleanly, my takeoffs and landings were decent - not my best, and everything else was nice and coordinated. Even hit my wake when I rolled out of the final steep turn! I've been on a bit of a practice kick lately but it really is nice to feel on top of your piloting game. I think I'm due for some more of this soon.

Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File 
Today's Flight: 0.9 hours
Total Time: 259.6 hours


  1. How fun! I really need to put myself through the ringer, too! Too many cross countries, you only need so much practice at straight and level :P

    1. Yeah I found myself feeling a tad apprehensive about practicing stalls, which was a major "not good" in my mental pilot book! There's no good excuse to ever feel that way, at least in my opinion, so I made myself go out there and fix it. I've gone out and done a bunch in the 150 and Cub over my past few flights. Feeling much better and fully competent now.