I was woken early this morning at 4:45 with a huge clap of thunder and some serious rain fall. Try as I might get back off to sleep, not a chance. No flying today I thought, this is one huge storm. A cup of tea and breakfast later and the rain really was coming down with thunder and lightening still I head off to school expecting a ground school day.
So it was to the classroom to learn about some of the radio navigation techniques for a couple of hours, which was kept interesting by Thomas and I learned a lot, then looking at the weather forecasts it was starting to clear up and pretty quickly, so as the Captain I had to make the decision to go flying. On the agenda was instrument flying, which involves me wearing a hood over my eyes and then trying to fly the plane simulating flying in clouds. This I have practiced with Darrell last week in France so it went quite well. Next was unusual attitudes, which means putting the plane into a spiral dive or a into a position more like a space rocket whilst I have my eyes closed then when I open my eyes have to right the plane quickly and safely. Quite good fun to be honest, I am surprised how much I enjoy these.
So all in all this exercise was enjoyable, just in time for my brain to go on vacation once again and I started to get my self in a flap when having to make my way back to the airport. I still don't know why I am being like this, every now and then the red mist comes down in the cabin and I get flustered and a little lost with my procedures.
Thomas mentioned that he saw it in progress and that I need to have more preparation, give myself time and not rush. Get everything straight in my mind before I start the process.
So I am going to go through these things on paper over the weekend and try to create a mental process to go through without having a plane to fly at the same time. So definitely work to be done over the weekend to get some of the procedures into place I also have some technical reading to do regarding the airplane and learn the various speeds for flying the plane off by heart as thats now important at this stage.
For the moment in reflection at the end of the first 8 hours of the training, I am a little frustrated at the silly mistakes that I seem to be making and almost feel I have started the course with stage fright, but I am really happy at the progress I am making, I am learning each day and the instructors are top drawer. I think with a full week next week I will be exhausted by the end of it as I am sure things are gathering pace now. I am really enjoying being here and feel I am at the right place for this part of my flying career. For now its a little rest over the weekend.