Jan. 19th, 2017

camwyn: Me in a bomber jacket and jeans standing next to a green two-man North Andover Flight Academy helicopter. (Default)
I'm awake, which is something of an accomplishment this morning given that I nearly fell asleep all over again with my cat in my lap in between 'get out of bed' and 'get your socks on'. I've come up to full wakefulness, though, and I just finished my morning coffee, so that should help.

This past weekend had a flight lesson in it. Hover practice, mostly. And targeted landing- 'okay, see the square on the runway formed by the various patches and stripes of asphalt color? land in that specific spot'. And pickups and putdowns, which is to say 'take off but don't move forward' and 'land from about a foot above the pavement'. The instructor and I have found that the usual advice of 'pick something in the far distance and keep your eyes on it as you hover' has not been working for me; that's the kind of thing that results in swaying far too far to either side and then having to correct for it. Middle distance visual locks work a lot better, so I'm sticking with that for now. I've gotten to the point where the instructor is no longer trying to find a way to show me how to do what I need to do with hovering, but instead recommending that I get more practice in doing it. Which is promising, because he can't endorse me to solo until he teaches me a couple of things that have 'hover properly' as prerequisites.

I probably won't get another lesson in until the 28th, and the one after that won't be until the 11th of February, but at least I know what I really need to practice.

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