So, yesterday didn’t go so well.
Those 4 letters that you never want to organize into a word. L.O.S.T. Yeah, that was me yesterday. It was a good learning experience. If you don’t recognize where you are, even after circling Robbinsville for 40 minutes, :/ you can use an instrument, called a VOR, to help you. I was reminded how to do that and it told me exactly where I was. It was great.
So… after the “learning experience” yesterday and studying Google Earth, I tried the trip again today. I did well on the way there. I still struggle with the military airspaces and knowing exactly where I am but I did much better finding my items along the way that I had picked out along my route. After the flight, I thought to myself, “Well, I could do that flight 4 more times and then I would feel confident.” There was so much to do and learn. And then, my instructor said, “You did great! Are you ready to go to Cape May by yourself?” I was shocked! That was truly far from what I had in mind. My confidence had been lowered since yesterday and I assumed that Matt was thinking the same things. But, I guess not. In all reality, I am confident enough to go to Cape May. I guess that flight to PA was just a nice reality check.
So, I am thinking the flight to Cape May will happen Friday but time will tell. I will be updating my blog as things progress so check back often. I don’t want to flood your inboxes but I would like you to know that the updates will be here if you want them.
As a reference, I would like to share what else needs to be completed before I get my pilot certificate.
1) One solo trip to cape May and back
2) One solo trip with 3 stops (Example: Toms River, NJ- Andover, NJ- Reading, PA-Toms River, NJ)
3) More Practice (refining procedures)
4) Written Test (I am hoping to take that test next Thursday).
5) Checkride (A fancy word for the final test. The ‘final test’ includes a flight with the examiner as well as a verbal test of your knowledge.
So, there it is. I am almost done. I can almost smell it!
Please stay tuned. You could also pray, as funds are getting low and I don’t want to stop now. I am so close!!!