Lesson 34: Practice
Friday, April 16th, 2004
I've been away in Utah for 4 weeks and feel a little nervous flying by myself for the first time. I'm flying the older 150 which I find to be a sweeter flying airplane. I practice a bunch of things and do fairly well, except for the last landing on which I bounce several times. Afterwards I wrote this to Aurel, who is also taking flying lessons:
Lesson 35: Drills with Deane
Wednesday, April 21th, 2004
I meet for my first lesson with Dean in 5 weeks. I'm a little nervous about this too - it's been a while since he's seen me fly, what if he is horrified?
It is time to get me ready for the check ride. On the ground we go over what I need to have prepared and some of the skills I'll need to drill. I feel like there is still a lot that I don't know.
In the air Deane has me practice stalls, instrument flight, and one recovery from unusual attitude. I can do these fairly well, but not flawlessly. For example, after recovery from nose up unusual attitude I correctly gave full power, but then let the nose drop too far and was on my way to building up excess speed when Deane pointed it out. I would have noticed this eventually (pretty soon really), but that delay is, well, a sign that I'm still learning and don't pick up on the important sensory input and don't check the right instruments.
FAA Knowledge Test
Friday, April 23rd, 2004
After intensive study for the past week I take the FAA knowledge test. I've been using an on-line practice test. On the many 40 question trial tests I took I usually got 85% to 92% right. The day before I review subjects that I am less familiar with. I figure that I know at least 90% of the material and have a mistake rate of about 2%, which should get me a passing score.
On my first pass through I mark any question where I had any doubt. When I have all questions answered I count them up and find that I should get at least 85% right. I could stop here, but since the check ride pilot is going to look at my score on this test there is value in having a high score. I review all questions. In the end there are really only 5 that I'm unsure about. Good enough.
Clicking the "finished" button is difficult. I know that this is going to commit me AND that I'll immediately be told how I did.
That's great. Here are the questions I missed:
I chose "calibrated altitude at field elevation" and the correct answer is "true altitude at field elevation". I dithered between these two, uncertain. I know there is some scaling error in altimeters: what it is calibrated to show is not necessarily the actual altitude. That is true, but it's not called "calibrated", a concept that is only applied to the airspeed indicator. AC 61-23C, Chapter 3 says "it will indicate true altitude at ground level". This leaves me to believe that at higher elevations it may be off due to scaling error.
I made a mistake adding two numbers and got the wrong answer. I only had one of these problems and am glad of that. They are not hard - just time consuming with plenty of opportunity for error.
I believe that I chose "continuous rain" which my book shows to be the correct answer. This is the only Radar Summary question I remember having, I remember checking the correct answer, so I don't know what happened here..
And that leaves the 4 other questions that I was uncertain about but guessed correctly.
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