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Commercial Pilot training update 6/21/13: The final stretch.

Steep TurnSo here we are. After the “ups and downs” of my commercial pilot training, my CFI has given me the go-ahead and feels that I am just about ready for the check ride. No pressure.

We flew yesterday and I showed improvement with my last two maneuvers -lazy eights and eights on pylons-.

The lazy eights to the left look great, but the turns to the right need work. I am letting up on the right rudder a bit just as the speed drops. This causes the turn to slow, my airspeed to further drop and my altitude to increase. When I pass the 90 degree mark, I slice through the horizon but I end up with too much airspeed at the bottom of the turn.

I am going to practice solo tomorrow and again with her on Monday. Hopefully with the right mindset and a payer I will get it nailed. I don’t consider myself very religious, but I have found that a little talk with the “man upstairs” seems to help. 🙂

My eights on pylons are just about there. Again, I just need to tighten it up a bit. My last two actually looked the way they are supposed to look.


I started off on a bit of an uneven footing. I had pretty much stopped flying due to financial reasons, and as the months ticked by I had no idea how rusty I had become until my first flight lesson back in March. I felt like I hadn’t flown in years. I felt totally disconnected from the airplane and did nothing but get aggravated. I decided to go back to basics and save some money. I started flying my club airplane (Cessna 172sp). I worked with my friend Dan and knocked off most of my rust. Then, I went back to school. I started with a different instructor (worked out better with the schedule) and soon saw progress.

My last video was right before my first lesson with the new CFI. On my first lesson I realized that I had much to learn. Some of it was just getting used to the airplane, while at the same time I had to re-learn some of the maneuvers (lazy eights and eights on pylons).

The next challenge was getting used to the constant speed prop on the 180 engine out spot landings. I had always pulled the prop back to extend my glide, but she didn’t want me doing that, I also agreed since, in real life, I might not have oil pressure to move the prop anyway, so I better get used to that sink on short final.


I also had to brush up on “old school” flight planning (hand written nav logs yuk), and some of the regulations / VFR procedures etc. It amazes me how much I actually forgot from the days when I took my private.

So here I go, down the final stretch. I am almost there.

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Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin 3/14/1986 – 5/27/2011 Click for information on Amanda