This morning I have a plane reserved to get a little flying time in. I’m excited. It’s been a while since I’ve been up flying. If I want to take passengers up flying with me I have to keep current. The FAA rules state that if I want to carry passengers when I fly these are the rules:
- That person has made at least three takeoffs and three landings within the preceding 90 days.
- The person acted as the sole manipulator of the flight controls.
- And the required takeoffs and landings were performed in an aircraft of the same category, class, and type (if a type rating is required).
The last time I was up flying was September 30. It hasn’t been 90 days since I was flying but almost. I could carry a passenger this morning legally but I won’t do it because frankly I am probably a little rusty in the landing department.
I scheduled some time in the 152 for practice. I will probably stay at the airport in the traffic pattern practicing take offs and landings. After practicing take offs and landing I will fly to a local practice area to practice manuevers like steep turns, slow flight, stalls and ground reference manuevers.
Before I can do any of this I have to check the weather. Here is what it looks like:
|Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)Output produced by METARs form (1227 UTC 10 December 2010)
found at http://aviationweather.gov/adds/metars/index.php
|METAR text:||KSTC 101153Z AUTO 30006KT 8SM CLR M11/M13 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP132 T11061128 11028 21106 51015|
|Conditions at:||KSTC (ST. CLOUD , MN, US) observed 1153 UTC 10 December 2010|
|Dewpoint:||-12.8°C (9°F) [RH = 84%]|
|Pressure (altimeter):||29.84 inches Hg (1010.6 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1013.2 mb]
|Winds:||from the WNW (300 degrees) at 7 MPH (6 knots; 3.1 m/s)|
|Visibility:||8 miles (13 km)|
|Ceiling:||at least 12,000 feet AGL|
|Clouds:||sky clear below 12,000 feet AGL|
|Weather:||automated observation with no human augmentation;
there may or may not be significant weather present at this time
|Forecast for:||KSTC (ST. CLOUD , MN, US)|
|Text:||KSTC 101138Z 1012/1112 29006KT P6SM FEW020|
|Forecast period:||1200 to 1800 UTC 10 December 2010|
|Forecast type:||FROM: standard forecast or significant change|
|Winds:||from the WNW (290 degrees) at 7 MPH (6 knots; 3.1 m/s)|
|Visibility:||6 or more miles (10+ km)|
|Clouds:||few clouds at 2000 feet AGL|
|Weather:||no significant weather forecast for this period|
I plan on flying from 9:00-11:00 this morning which translates to 1400-1600 UTC. I like the part of the forecast that forecasts the winds @290 degrees @ 6 knots. What that means to me is that there will not be much of a cross wind for take offs and landings. I will be using Runway 31. The heading for the runway is 310 degrees so when I take off and land the winds will almost be straight down the runway which is a good thing when you are flying.
One thing I will have to watch this morning are the clouds. We have snow moving in later today and the clouds will be increasing as the day goes on which is why I chose to fly this morning and not this afternoon. Flying under Visual Flight Rules or VFR I need to see the ground and maintain a certain distance from the clouds. If I can’t do that, I can’t fly. This would not be a day I would choose for a cross-country flight because the weather will be unpredictable. It is a good day for flying at the airport or near it.
If the weather cooperates next week I hope to go up with my CFI for my final checkout on the Cessna 172. Once checked out on the 172 I will be able to take both my parents up for a ride. I’ve put off taking them for a ride because I wanted to take both of them at the same time. The 152 is a two seat airplane. The 172 is a four seat plane. My Christmas present for them is a plane ride to Alexandria for lunch. If I don’t get everything done before Christmas with the 172 I may have to come up with something else to wrap up under the tree.
Did I mention I hate shopping?