Right, almost forgot
Also went to Gimli today to fulfill my cross country hours requirement
Gimli approach, don’t mind all the bugs on the windshield
Old runway, not used anymore on the left. Karting track seen on the edge of it, quite the nice show to watch.
Airport compound. Cool how I can see the building I was in for 3 weeks during summer when I was in cadets
Town, beach and port of Gimli, and the great immensity of Lake Winnipeg
Today I found out I dislike instrument flying
Which is basically a simulation of flying in zero visibility situations, such as in the middle of a cloud.
In order to simulate that, the instructor makes you wear a hood on your head that blocks out any view above the dashboard, so that you can only watch your instruments. Evidently it is extremely difficult to make simple flying techniques like a simple turn, climbing, descending and level flight when you can’t see outside.
And also it’s kind of cool how your senses get messed up without sight. We did an exercise where I try to fly straight and level for a while with my eyes closed, and when i opened them I was banking right and going down at a very fast speed. Basically, entering a spiral. And you don’t feel it because you didn’t see it. It’s cool.
Also when you have the hood on, any slight bump from the wind feels like it’s going to bring you down. It’s amazing how reliant you are on your sight and how paranoid you become without it, and never realize it.
Brandon solo x-country
This trip was a lot easier solo than dual, interestingly enough. I was luck to get a tome of the day with mostly clear skies and super calm winds. And no one tried to crash into me at Neepawa this time.
Oak Hammock Marsh
Cool looking digging site, just west of Oak Hammock
Town of Stonewall
Lake Manitoba, just north of Portage la Prairie
Brandon seen in the distance
Parked at Brandon, just after fueling up.
On the way to Neepawa, taken just north of Brandon. Cool looking mini lakes formed by the winter melt-off
Riding Mountain national park seen in the horizon. highest point on all of Manitoba, yo.
Over-top Neepawa. There is a beautiful lake and a dam in this town, seen on top of the city.
Lake Manitoba on the way back. It’s amazing how much ground is still flooded from the spring in the southern shore of the lake.
Checking out the babes at Birds Hill
En route to Lac-du-Bonnet
Some parked amphibians, and the plane I flew in (on the right)
I wanted to go in for a dip. It was so hot today.
Town of St. Andrews along the Red River (Winnipeg can be seen in the distance)
Towns of Lockport (near left) and Selkirk (far right)
St. Andrews airport