I have been spending quite a bit of time at the flying club these past couple of weeks. The club has been running a rebate program to get people flying again after the winter lay-off. Today, I wanted to get some cross-country time in and some crosswind practice so I flew a Warrior from KTTA to KCRE (North Myrtle Beach). Even though I didn’t leave the airplane, it is still nice to see the beach every now and then. Unfortunately, my crosswind practice was not as productive as I had hoped. Winds were pretty blustery at the coast but straight down the runway! They were picking up to a nice crosswind back at TTA, though.
Anyway, I spoke with an instrument instructor this past weekend to create a training strategy for the instrument rating. He said to get about 10 hours of cross-country time in and then we would start training on the simulator. I found that I can count cross-country time that is used as instrument training to knock-out two items at once! That will save some time and money.
On another note, I take my 9 final hours of masters classes this summer and then potentially begin my Doctor of Education work in the fall. I am certainly a glutton for punishment!