Friday, October 21, 2005

2nd Flight- Stall my heart....

I had my second lesson last night. ALMOST everything went great-- taxiing, takeoff, communications, turns, navigation, pattern, and even landing (Rich contributed some rudder work, but otherwise it was my first landing!). I did my first power-off stall, and that was okay. The only real problem was the power-on stall. It didn't bother me when Rich demonstrated it, but when I tried it, the right wing dropped at the stall and the nose swung over to the right. Rich recovered, but my heart was pounding and I had cold sweats. We didn't try it again, and I was fine with everything else, but I've been thinking about it ever since. I really don't want to try that maneuver again and again and again, and the thought of having to do it in a turn is terrifying. I wonder if this is normal, of if this could end up being a fatal flaw that prevents me from learning to fly?!?! I think it would help if I had a better understanding of what's happening during the stall, so I'm going to see what I can find to read about them....



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