Hey everyone. How' s it going? I learned something new the other day about flying that I was not expecting to have to do: Write. My instructor "surprised" me one day with the Stage Check Packet consisting of a several papers of information I had to know and fill out before I could solo. WHOA, WHAT IS THIS?! I was completely thrown off when I found out I had more paperwork to do! But you know what? Really the only intimidating part was the length. Once I dug into the work, it wasn't bad at all. It asked basic questions about the airplane itself and maneuvers too. I knew most of them and was allowed the option of using the AIM books and the Cessna-172 handbook, so that helped a lot. I could also ask my instructor if I was absolutely clueless and she helped explain it in an easier way. I learned a lot from reviewing and filling out the Stage Check AND it will take me on step closer to soloing. I am so excited and neither cold weather or this "scary" Stage Check will stop me from charging through to soloing day.
Thanks again for everyone's advice, keep it coming!