Yesterday I flew with Tyler for the second time.  When we finally landed back at Millard I was worn out, sweaty, and felt great!  We covered a lot of ground in an hour and a half — literally and figuratively.

After flying to the west practice area, we started with slow flight.  At 65 MPH he had me do turns — more than I had done before; we did 360 degree turns to the left and right.  The airplane is wallowing and barely flying at that speed, and getting it to do what you want is a real balancing act.  I’ve got a much better fell for it than I did before.

After slow flight we did power-off and power-on stalls.  I greatly improved my power-off stalls to the point where we lost very little altitude and stayed on heading, even after letting the stall break.  Power-on stalls are really a non-event.  Wait til you feel the buffet, then drop the nose…  duh.

Then it was on to steep turns; 360 degree turns left and right at 45 degree bank angles.  Again, not bad, after the first one I was able to hold altitude plus or minus 50 feet.  Then it was down to 2000′ MSL for ground reference maneuvers.  We started at 4500, so he had me do a forward slip to dump altitude.  NO problem there, John had me do a slip on every crosswind landing…  which is to say, every landing we ever did.  Full aileron, full opposite rudder, hold heading and sink like a rock.  Ground reference was not a problem with the very light wind, in fact it felt a little like cheating.  I want to practice in higher winds, but I hope it’s that calm for my checkride.

After turns around a point, rectangular course and S-turns, he told me to head back to Millard.  As we were climbing back to 3000 he reached over and pulled the throttle back to idle…  engine failure.  I didn’t need the checklist, but I could have picked a much better field (like one on our side of the river, and where I could land into what little wind there was).  Then it was back to the field for some pattern work and touch & gos.

All in all…  a lot of work, but a good flight.  I’m certain that if I had been able to fly with ONE instructor since I started, I’d have soloed by now.  Other than having a much better than average grasp on ATC communication, picking FNG as my flight school turned out to be a really bad idea.