For Lesson 5, G got to ride along. He really enjoyed the flight. Kids are so amazed by everything, and of course the cars in the Target parking lot looked like “toy cars.”
I was able to do everything on my own, from pre-flight through climb-out, without assistance or correction or reminder. That felt good. It means that the practice and studying are paying off. After practicing some more turns at minimum controllable airspeed — with and without flaps — we flew down to Fond Du Lac. Along the way, we practiced correcting for wind by maintaining a course along a road, finding the correct crab angle by trial and error. At Fond Du Lac, we flew into the traffic pattern, flew a low approach, and departed thence to Oshkosh. With each flight, I seems am able to handle a little more of the landing. This time, I was more or less in control (with T’s assistance) up till flare, but I tried to flare way too early so T made the necessary corrections for a smooth landing.