I'm struggling to be motivated to go back and blog about the flights leading up to my checkride, but my OCD will not let this go unfinished, so I'm going to do the best I can to recall what each flight consisted of. Compared to past entries, there won't be much to some of the posts, and for that I apologize. There were quite a few in the month of December to get me ready, and they're all jumbled in my memory so I'll have to go by my logbook to try and recall them all.
This was the first flight after the new starter was installed. They made the call to install a heavy-duty starter, with the logic being if you're going to spend so much money upgrading everything else, you might as well put the best starter on so it won't be an issue down the road. Let me just tell you, this starter is a beast. Barely two cranks now and 34Q fires right up.
This was a dual-instruction flight. We worked mainly on short-field takeoffs & landings/accuracy landings, and soft-field takeoffs and landings. 6 landings total, 3 of which were night landings. During debrief we discussed the small amount of solo time I had left after my cross-country to CUL, and decided to knock it out the next evening, with me flying solo for a few landings, then picking him up to go work on stalls and then back for more landing practice. More on that in the next post, but I'll just mention it didn't quite go as planned.
Two Victor Uniform, clear of Two-Seven