20 January 2011
Signed-off to take the Checkride
I learned a few things, as always, including a new way to do the short-field approach. I also learned the correct way to enter a turn, which I should have learned long ago. Answer: don't lead with the rudder. And I think I did a constant speed descent for the first time. I also learned the criteria for Convective SIGMETs--he stumped me there: I didn't know about the 3/4" hail, 50 knot wind, or VIP 4 coverage area criteria.
Now, I have perfectionist streak in me--a personality defect, for sure--and it has really worked against me during flight training.Voltaire wrote, "the Best is the enemy of the Good." I need to keep repeating that quote to myself before the test, and just do it. I was warned not to try to practice too much before the test in some attempt to perfect the maneuvers, because good enough can quickly become not good enough if I make a bunch of solo flights and pick up bad habits. I will work hard to refine my stick and rudder skills after I have my pilot certificate.
Once I resolve an IACRA SNAFU, I'll be able to schedule the test. The weather looks good Saturday, so I am going to fly solo for practice unless I can get the test set up by then. I'm really looking forward to the practical test. While part of me doesn't quite feel ready, I know I am a safe pilot and I know I can pass this thing.
Flight time today: 1.8 hrs dual, 0.3 hrs simulated instrument
Total time to date: 60.3 hrs total, 47.3 hrs dual, 13.0 hrs Solo/PIC, 5.3 hrs sim. instrument