This was a training/familiarization flight in my new chariot for the next 2 weeks, which you can see below:
This is a 1975 Cessna 182. While it is very well maintained and perfectly "fit for purpose" for my mission, the cockpit was a bit frightening to me, which you can see below:
A little bit different than my familiar Cirrus glass cockpit... But I was eager to broaden my flying skills and Nick gave me a great briefing on the plane.
The flight itself had two objectives. First, I wanted to get some practice with the local procedures, radios, etc. Second, and more importantly I wanted to practice flying ZS-IWP today before my validation checkride tomorrow.
Shortly after I got airborne, I quickly realized that this was an extremely easy airplane to fly. The controls and responses were all very predictable. In addition, the local procedures were not that daunting. After doing a bunch of basic air work, stalls, steep turns and various things to prove to the instructor that I knew what I was doing, it was time to do a few landings.
However, the part that was not predictable was the weather. The skies were clear. But the winds were a direct 15 Knot crosswind to the only available runway @ Lanseria!
As a result, my first couple of landings were "less than graceful". Luckily I had a patient instructor and 10,000 FT of runway to play with.
After the 4th "touch and go", I felt comfortable After the 5th, my instructor was satisfied that I was ready.
Hopefully, I got some video along the way and it will make for some new Youtube videos soon.
Tomorrow is the checkride and if all goes well, I hope to walk away with a "South African validation/endorsement" on my license.
Stay tuned for the next leg of this journey...