Ryan pretty much summed it up, though I'm not sure about the Jedi stuff -
unless mind tricks were involved.
I find myself returning to the videos every few hours trying to re-analyze
everything we did because, well, it was all so valuable. My favorite by far
was the full stalls, but who doesn't love a good spiral? More importantly,
I learned my wing's pre-stall behavior and what the toggles feel like
before fecal matter hits the fan. I know I still have a ways to go with
wing-overs, so I know I'll be finding my way back to an SIV clinic in the
I never threw my reserve like some hooligans, instead opting to do one more
flight and practice stalls in the late-afternoon of the third day. I do,
however, agree with Ryan's sentiments - 2 reserves > 1. Ryan did a great
job chucking that reserve, dealing with the unexpected, taking a chill bath
all while keeping that wide grin on his face the whole time. And that's not
even talking about his other flights.
TL, DR: SIV clinic = worth it. Take one if you have not already.
And watch out for those Canadians - robots in disguise.
Stan Mordensky | M.S. Candidate | University of Oregon |
Eugene, OR 97403-1272 | (301)-639-8619 | stanl...