Yesterday was clear but very cold. Unfortunately, the heater in the airplane we flew seemed to be slowly going bad. The longer we were up, the colder it got in the cockpit. No icicles actually formed but, it was a little distracting. We also had gusty winds and bumpy air that made forward and side slip practice a bit too advanced for me. We flew to Westosha to give it a try but gave up on them after one pass.
Before trying the slips, we used our time to review slow flight, steep turns and power off stalls. I didn’t do any of them really well or really bad – just sort of middle of the road. I think I have been expecting some sort of breakthrough when suddenly everything would come together and my maneuvers would be perfect. Now, I’ve come to the conclusion that that is not what is going to happen. Instead, I just have to keep practicing and they will get better each time I do them. Sandy graded them all as meeting the standards for my current level of training so, I guess, they are coming along. For the next lesson, we will do another review and then start on ground reference maneuvers. I hope that these are going to add some precision to my flying that will help with all the exercises.