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VSA Day 1, Flight 1
by Ashley Theiss on
Pitch and bank attitude practice; feel for controls and gentle turns only.
Turn in 3 parts, roll into turn, hold bank at 30º roll, roll out, back to center.
Conditions at CYHE:
12ºC, partly cloudy, light rainshowers rolling out, cloud ceiling at about 3500 ft.
Flying: C-GVSA (Grob 103)
Tow: C-FAUJ (Cessna L-19) by Ray M
Instructor pilot: Daniel W
Takeoff time: 13:34
Landing time: 13:50
Logged time for this flight: 0:26
Total glider flight time: 0:26
Learned practices for removing aircraft from hangar, moving aircraft onto field, who has control / steering via wingtip, etc.
Practiced preparation for flight and cockpit checks.
Hope bowl tow release at 3100 ft, practiced:
Coordinated gentle turns;
Control of speed.
Challenging to initially discover manual input sensations and force/speed required on stick and pedals. Fairly smooth and intuitive with basic turns, just a matter of getting in more flight time.
Handled circuit approach towards waterfall and lining up with HWY-1 eastbound on parallel approach to CYHE, second from last left turn; Daniel took over final left turn and landing.
Good first serious flight! Weather at about 2500 ft was bumpy and challenging during some left/right turn practice, challenging turbulence at about 400 ft over HWY-1 during usual high to low points in circuit and approach.
Daniel W is an excellent instructor, very clear communication between us, before, during and after the flight.
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Ashley is a full-stack Lean tech entrepreneur, web developer, designer, photographer, DJ, and aspiring glider pilot, active the Vancouver tech community.