In which I do my first ‘hire & fly’ as a RA-Aus Certificate holder
Today was my first ‘hire & fly’ as a certified RA-Aus pilot.
I arrived and was given the folder for 4946 (after somebody asked “Who are you flying with?” and I cheerfully replied “Nobody!” :P). I preflighted 4964 and backtracked down 36R. 36L was closed today so 36R was also being used for takeoffs as well as landings today. I took off from 36R and departed upwind for the training area.
I didn’t really do very much today, just flew around parts of the training area and enjoyed the view and the fact I was up there 🙂 I didn’t do any stalls or anything, although I did do a couple of medium and steep turns – I’m still having some issues holding my height during the turns so I need to do some more work on those.
I did take a few pictures on my phone while I was up there though 🙂
I headed back and joined crosswind for 36.. Just before I joined crosswind another aircraft called me on the radio (after hearing my inbound call) to check my location – I’m still not totally comfortable with radio calls that aren’t the norm, but I’m getting better at it.
I did a circuit and decided to do one T&G. The landing was actually pretty nice, not quite a greaser, but pretty smooth! I stalled it on neatly and, while it wasn’t one of those ‘could hardly feel it when the wheels touched’ landings (I aim to do one of those one day, but perhaps it is a challenge to do it on grass?) but it was definitely smooth.
I did another circuit and came in for a full stop. This landing was pretty good too, I was rather impressed with my landings today. As I was taxiing towards the end of the runway a call came over the radio asking me if I could go a little faster as they were on short final (altho I don’t remeber hearing a final call from them, only base) so I just replied “Yup, no worries” and sped up a little and made it off.
As it was the last flight of the day, I taxiied it straight back to the hangar. When I got there MG and R were standing there and helped me to attempt to put it away. I say ‘attempt’ because it is rather muddy there at the moment and we maneged to get the plane bogged in the mud. We gave up on the idea of putting it in the hangar, managed to get it out of the mud and just left it outside for the night. I actually put 4 pairs of Converse shoes in the washing machine when I got home tonight to wash off the mud from the airfield they’ve collected over the last few weeks, I’m starting to think I should wear gumboots to the airfield!
I’ve got a couple more solo hours booked over the weekend, I only need 1.6 more hours to have the 10 hours PIC I need for my passenger endorsement so hopefully I can do that over the weekend. If the weather is good (which it wasn’t last weekend, sigh) I’ve got my first lesson in a Warrior too which is rather exciting. 🙂