Got up nice and early and headed to the airfield. Today would be the day that I will likely perform my supervised second solo. I need 3 supervised solo’s in order to be released to fly to the practice area and practice in the pattern all by myself.
I arrived to some chilly weather. It shouldn’t be shocking, it is January after all, but after the string of 60 to 70 degree days over the holidays it was a bit of a change. I walked out to the aircraft and turned it around to face the sun. There was quite a bit of frost on the wings and windshield so I needed to get that melted.
I did my normal preflight walk around with the only issue being the starboard green wing tip positioning light was out. No big deal, not flying at night. I make a mental note to squawk the issue once my flight is over with.
My instructor meets comes out to the airplane and I give her my weather brief and report on the airworthiness of our machine.
All strapped in, I go through the start checklist.
-Key in the mag switch, set to both
-Master Switch On
– Beacon light On
– Mixture Rich
– Throttle opened for start
– Prime as needed
– Key to start position
The dreaded sound of a weak battery instantly destroys our hopes and dreams of escaping the bonds of earth. After a couple of more futile attempts, we could only hear the click of the starter without so much wiggle in the prop.
It was a busy Saturday, so no other aircraft was available which meant I would not be flying. Have to look at the bright side, I got to sit in an airplane. 😀