Last Saturday was Lizzy & Stella's final flight for 2022.
This dynamic duo are parting ways.
Don't worry though, they'll be back up in the air next August and that's when our regular lesson postings will recommence.
In the meantime......
I'll get to creating and posting some downloadable activities.
Stay tuned and remember to keep your
head in the clouds.
Last Saturday, Lizzy taught Stella all about landing planes.
Do you want to learn more about landings?
You can view the lesson here:
Stella and I aren't quite sure what the world record is for the most hammerheads performed during a single flight, but we're pretty certain that she might one day break that record. Stella loves this manoeuvre.
Lizzy and Stella did a total of ten hammerhead stunts today. Ten! Before Lizzy had finished the first, Stella was asking her to perform the next one. As you can probably tell, this is Stella's favourite stunt.
Check out this daring duo as they perform snap rolls and hammerheads:
Does this look like fun?
In the previous lesson, Stella & Lizzy performed something called a Cuban 8. Lizzy calls it an Eliza 8, and this is what the move looks like. You get both an interior (inside the plane) and exterior (outside of the plane) view.
We've seen Lizzy and Stella perform some stunts in the past, but now you'll get to learn more about a few of them:
✈️ Aileron roll
✈️ Eliza 8
The Eliza 8 is a slightly modified Cuban 8.
G Forces play a big part in aerobatics since Lizzy's quickly ascending, descending, inverting the plane and performing sharp turns. Since Stella's a bit less experienced with aerobatics, you'll definitely see her reactions in the videos. Sometimes she leans, sometimes she seems to be pushed down in her seat, and sometimes she seems like she's having the time of her life. You've probably experienced similar reactions while on a roller coaster.
Watch as Lizzy and Stella perform some awesome aerobatics.
Are you ready for some spectacular stunts?
Lizzy recently appeared in the news. Check out her story here. Just a side note, we call the plane Vyctor.
With flying, Lizzy can get herself caught up in some pretty cool stunts. This is because Vyctor is an aerobatic plane designed to do rolls, loops, inversions, and all sorts of fun stuff.
Watch as Lizzy, Stella and Vyctor perform aerobatics. Try to observe any changes you see in terms of their position in the plane, the position of the plane itself, or how objects move about the cockpit.
Ready. Set. Let's learn about aerobatics!
Some of the embedded videos get cut short, so you can view the full videos here.
We have some news. We were in the news! Here's a link to a recent article written by Abby Green of Metroland Media Inc. Here's the article.
Lizzy and Stella had several goals with this last lesson.
Goal #1: Learn the basics of take-off and review how turf (ground cover) affects take-off.
Goal #2: Review reading and setting the altimeter. Remember, the altimeter measures Vyctor's height about mean sea level (MSL) and it's affected by air temperature and pressure.
Goal #3: Stay safe by inspecting Vyctor prior to flight.
Goal #4: Apply what was covered and fly from Niagara District Airport (CYSN) to Welland's Dorothy Rungeling Airport (CNQ3) to practice arriving (landing) and departing (take-off). Lizzy and Stella took off from a grassy runway.
Are you ready to fly?
Do you remember from earlier lessons what the altimeter is and what it measures?
The altimeter is one of many instruments on Vyctor's instrument panel.
The altimeter measures the plane's altitude above mean sea level (MSL) and it's set by Lizzy using the current barometric pressure. Barometric pressure changes with air temperature, so Lizzy often needs to adjust her altimeter reading during flight since she's ascending (going up) and descending (going down). As a plane climbs (ascends), air pressure typically drops because the air gets colder the higher up you go.
Let's start with a quick review of weather, common conversions, and airport configurations. We'll also analyze altimeters in a bit more detail.
Are you ready to learn about altimeters alongside Lizzy and Stella?
Stella now has three flight lessons with Lizzy firmly under her aviation belt. Stella's just discovered the CFS, Canada Flight Supplement, which is a book produced by NAV Canada and tells you about all the airports in Ontario. There are a lot of airports in the province! In fact, every single province has its own CFS. You'll learn more in this lesson.
Stella also got to practice level flight. Lizzy had her find an on-the-ground feature to navigate. Lucky for Stella, there's a canal visible from the air that she could follow to make her way toward Port Colborne. There are lots of features that are visible from the sky that pilots (and co-pilots) can rely on to find their way. Most use a GPS nowadays, but technology isn't always available and navigation is a necessary skill.
Are you ready to learn alongside Stella?
There's lots of information in these slides, so let's slow it down and have a look at them individually. This lets you go at your own pace.
Ready. Set. Let's learn!
Lizzy led Stella through her second session of flight school. It was another awesome learning experience in which Stella got to apply her in-class lessons on controlled and uncontrolled airports and circuits to actual time up in the air with Lizzy.
The two flew from Niagara District Airport to Welland. They even got to do a quick fly by in a field. Talk about flying fun!
Stella officially started her flight lessons with Lizzy. Since Stella gets to benefit from this individualized attention, I thought I'd put together a mini flight school that allows you to follow along as she learns the basics of flight and gets up in the air.
Are you ready to fly?
Lizzy and Stella love to fly! Join this dynamic duo as they soar through the clouds on another adventure.